About Tillandsias (Air Plants)~
Tillandsia is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae, native to the forests, mountains and deserts of northern Mexico and south-eastern United States, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to mid Argentina. Their leaves, more or less silvery in color, are covered with specialized cells (trichomes) capable of rapidly absorbing water that gathers on them.
Air Plant Care Instructions
It is important to maintain Tillandsias properly!
The key factors are Light, Water, and Air Circulation
Lighting for Tillandsia’s should be bright but filtered (April – October). They should not be left in the direct sun in the summer months (this will cause the plant to become sunburned ). Tillandsia’s love direct sun (November – March). Tillandsia’s may be grown in the house directly in front of a window. Fresh moving air is advisable, but remember, the most important care need is bright filtered light.
CAUTION: Trees, overhangs and window tinting can rob your plants of needed light. Place plants no further away than 3 feet in front of a bright window.
Full spectrum artificial light (fluorescent) is best. Plant should be no further than 36″ from the fluorescent tubes and can be as close as 6″. A four-tube 48″ fixture works well. Bulbs can be any full spectrum type for 12 hours per day.
Thoroughly wet your Tillandsia 2-3 times per week; more often in a hot, dry environment; less often in a cool, humid one. Plants should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in no longer than 4 hours after watering. Spray misting is insufficient as the sole means of watering but may be beneficial between regular waterings in dry climates to increase the humidity.
If the plant is in a shell, be sure to empty the water out. Tillandsia’s will not survive in standing water.
*Under-watering is evidenced by an exaggerating of the natural concave curve of each leaf.
Following each watering, Tillandsia’s should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in 4 hours or less. Do not keep plants constantly wet or moist.
Optimum temperature range for tillandsia’s is 50 – 90 degrees F.