Air Plants- Tillandsia


Air plants are an interesting, whimsical addition to any home or terrarium. They require no soil to grow and thrive. Though, the lack of soil does not mean they require a lack of water. Below is everything you need to know about air plant care. 


Air plants are epiphytes, which means they grow on the surface of other plants. Typically, these plants are trees, which means these plants are used to shade. Keeping them in a terrarium or in a location with bright, indirect light is best. They can live easily in north facing windows, or even bathrooms with windows. They will get sunburn if they’re put in direct sunlight. 


    Daily misting will help keep the plants hydrated between waterings. To water an air plant, fill a container with water and soak the plants for about 60 minutes at least once a week. Shake as much water out of the plants as possible and allow them to dry upside down for at least four hours. This will help prevent rotting which is the biggest cause of death for air plants. If being grown in a closed terrarium, your air plant might not need watering depending on the level of humidity. It will not need misting if being grown in a terrarium setting.

Terrarium Setting

    Terrarium settings are the closest we can get to Tillandsia’s natural habitat. Closed terrariums will have enough humidity to forgo misting. Keep a lookout for signs of thirst on the plant. The leaves will curl in on themselves when the plant needs soaked. Good airflow will help prevent rotting. 


    Mounting is not necessary for air plants to thrive, however if mounting is desired, it is suggested to use fishing line to hold the plant against an organic board such as cork bark, another live plant, etc. Leave the fishing line loose to allow removal for watering if need be and to allow for growth of the plant. If the plant begins to outgrow the fishing line (i.e. the line becomes snug), cut the line and retie a new one, keeping it loose. If the line becomes too tight, the plant’s health can suffer. 


    Feel free to email me photos of your plant if you believe there is something wrong at With the photo, please tell me the care you have been giving the plant Have a generic question about care? Please, post it in the comments!
. Happy growing!!

<3 Gina

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