Tillandsias are members of the bromeliad family and are fun and easy to grow. Commonly known as air plants, they are found from jungle to rain forest to arid deserts – from sea level to high mountain regions throughout the Americas.
Most Tillandsia use their root systems to attach themselves to trees or rocks and absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves. They do not typically grow in soil. These hardy plants are adaptable and tolerant to a wide range of environmental conditions and require minimal care. The two most important requirements are bright light, although not direct sun, and water.
For best light place in or near a south, east or west window. Avoid direct sunlight. Water 3 or 4 times a week. During the winter, when furnaces tend to dry our air, more frequent watering may be necessary. Saturate the plant completely until water runs off the plant – light misting is normally insufficient. If your plant’s leaves start to curl or roll, it could be an indication of dehydration. This can be corrected by completely submerging your plant in water overnight; then resume normal watering schedule.
Although not necessary for survival, you can increase the growth and vigor by fertilizing your Tillandsias about once a month. Be careful. They are sensitive to over fertilization. Use a good quality liquid or water soluble fertilizer houseplant food with a formulation low in copper. (High amounts of copper are toxic to bromeliads.) Dilute the suggested dosage to ¼ strength.