Identify a Tillandsia Plant and Learn How to Grow a Tillandsia (Air Plant)

My husband brought home this funny little plant that says it’s a Tillandsia. I have no idea what a Tillandia is or how to care for it. Can you help??

Hi Anna,

Red Tillandsia Plant
Tillandsia Plant
Colorful hanging Tillandsia Plant
Hanging Tillandsia

Tillandsias (airplane plants) are epiphytes and do not need soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through their leaves. The roots are mainly used as anchors. Although not normally cultivated for their flowers, some Tillandsia will bloom on a regular basis. Most Tillandsias adapt easily to growing indoors without any soil or other planting medium.

Indoors, tillandsiaplants need to be watered about 1-3 times a week, usually by just spraying the plant. Some varieties need regular dunking as well.

Bright indirect light, temperatures from 60°-75°F  (15°-24°C) are ideal. Avoid placing them in temperatures below freezing. They do like it 10°-15 ° cooler at night.

Fertilize by adding a small amount of orchid or bromeliad plant food to your spray bottle.

Airplants are highly susceptible to mold and decay; prevent this by providing good air circulation.