Air plant

Air plant

Also known as Tillandsia, Air plants are native to a wide range of ecosystems in the southern United States and South America. These plants get moisture and nutrients from the air with the help of trichomes, those tiny hairs. The plant is epiphytic in nature, so it evolved to grow on other plants such as trees.

Care guide


Air plants prefer indirect light to thrive and like to be kept in a humid environment.


Water the plant every 1-2 weeks, fill a sink or tub with lukewarm water, and soak the plant for 30 minutes. Once soaked, lay them upside down on a towel and make them dry, it will take around 1-2 hours. Put them back into their home.


The plant prefers humid environments.


Air plants live happily in temperatures between 60-80°F.


Water-dissolvable fertilizers can be sprayed or you can soak the plant during spring and summer, 1-2 times a month will do the trick.


The plant is non-toxic to both humans and pets.

Common issues

Air plant rotting

The plant prefers to be watered deeply but doesn't want to stay wet, excess water or humidity can lead to plant rotting.

The plant turning brown

The plant prefers to grow in the shaded boughs of trees naturally, and they love bright indirect sunlight, keep these plants away from direct sunlight. It is also a sign that you need to water your plant more regularly. Also, air plants need air circulation, they won't thrive in airtight conditions.

Fun fact

The plant is very easy to propagate.