In Indoor Gardens, Plant Care, Watson's Recommends

Tillandsias are one of the world’s only true air plants. They are called air plants because their leaves trap water in the air for nourishment. Since their roots don’t feed them, they grow without soil.

Tillandsias are members of the bromeliad family and are native family and are native to Latin America. They are found clinging to rocks, tree branches, cliffs and even telephone lines. Tillandsias are hardy and adapt well to most “captive environments.” With minimum care, you will be able to watch your plants grow, bloom and reproduce!



Basic Tillandsia Care


Keep in bright, filtered light. Soak or mist heavily 1-3 times weekly, depending on house humidity. Let the plants dry out between waterings.



Tillandsias love to grow outdoors in the summer. Keep in bright, filtered light and soak or mist heavily 1-3 times weekly. Make sure to protect them from any frost and direct afternoon sun.



Soak or mist monthly during spring and summer with our water soluble Grow More Fertilizer mixed according to the label. Fertilizers high in phosphorus help to encourage blooming.


Following the blooming period the plant will produce several offshoots called pups. They usually form around the base of the mother and can be separated after they have grown to be at least half her size. To separate, simply break off the pup at the roots — like pulling a banana off a bunch. The new pups don’t have to be separated and, if left attached, will form a beautiful cluster of plants.



Attach TIllandsias to any surface by gluing or wiring the base of the plant. If gluing, use a non-toxic, waterproof craft glue. Tillandsias don’t have to be mounted to grow.



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