What is a Tillandsia?

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

A Tillandsia is a succulent plantLearn how to grow and care for succulent plants at Houseplant411.com that is a member of the Bromeliad family. It requires very little care.

bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., temperatures from 50-75 degrees are ideal, never below freezing and 10 -15 degrees cooler at night.

These are also called Air Plants and just need to be misted. If the room is very dry  submerge them in water for a few hours every other week. In a cool house with good humidity, a monthly bath is fine.

Feed the plant by adding a tiny amount of Bromeliad fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. to your water when you mist the plant.