Commonly known as air plants, Tillandsia is the largest genus of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the Bromeliaceae family. There are around 650 different species!
Native to the West Indies, Mexico, and much of Central and South America, these intriguing epiphytes are found in diverse regions and environments like jungles, rain forests and deserts. And with an incredible array of shapes, sizes and textures, along with their relatively low-maintenance needs, air plants can be an excellent addition to everyone’s plant family!
The three things to keep in mind with any Tillandsia are —water, light and air circulation.
How frequently your Tillandsia will require water depends on the environment and the plant. It may take time to learn the signs for when your plant is well hydrated or if it needs water. We also advise using room temperature distilled, filtered, or rainwater to mist and bathe your tillandsia, avoid using water straight from the tap.
Bright, indirect or filtered sunlight is ideal for most Tillandsia, although some direct sun can be tolerated, such as morning sun or winter rays.
Although these tropical and subtropical gems do like a certain level of humidity, adequate air circulation is also important. Enclosed terrariums are not the best idea, as the air tends to be too stagnate and wet, which can quickly lead to rotting.