How to Care for a Tillandsia Plant (Air Plant)

I just got a tillandsia plant. It’s not planted in any soil. How does it get water and food? Should I plant it in a pot? Thanks for your help.

Hi Gabriella,

succulentLearn the definition of a succulent plant and why they are called a "fat plant." houseplants are easy to care for because they don’t need a lot of water, but Tillandsias (Air Plants) are even easier because they don’t even need soil.

Tillandsias are epiphytes, water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves.

Tillandsias grown as houseplants can be attached to pieces of wood, tree limbs, rocks, or even placed in a terrarium. Their roots will anchor them to anything you place them on. Indoors they need to be “watered” about 1-2 times a week; this is usually done by spraying the plant. If you like the dunking method, submerge the plant for 20-30 minutes once a week. Be sure to turn the plants upside down and shake out any excess water in the crevesses of the plant. Feed your tillandsia with an orchid plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength every second or third watering. This too can be sprayed directly on the plant. It’s important to have good air circulation around your tillandsia. If the plant stays wet for too long, it can develop mold and other plant diseases. Air plants do not like temperatures below freezing.

Here are a few different tillandsia pictures so you can see what they look like in bloom.


Pink Tillandsia flower

Tillandsia recurvifolia

Pink Tillandsia Flower

Tillandsia Pink Quill


Tillandsias from Amazon


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