You can use this list to select your next air plant, recognize the ones you already own, and learn about any particular care that particular types call for. The list’s numbering is consistent with the numbers next to each air plant in the photographs.
T. stricta ‘Black Tip’
The T. stricta ‘Black Tip’ air plant is a small- to medium-sized dark green plant with vertical, pointed leaves that darken in color toward the ends.
Special Remarks: This air plant is excellent for novices because it is one of the easiest to grow.
T. ionantha v. rubra
A small, ball-shaped air plant belonging to this variety has vibrant green leaves that turn crimson in the center of the plant. It has a thick layer of trichomes covering it, giving it a fuzzy appearance.
T. ionantha ‘Conehead’
The Conehead air plant has a big, spikey form that resembles a pinecone. When in bloom, the leaves turns a vibrant crimson flush and sprouts a stunning spike of purple flowers. Its distinctive compact cone shape is a result of the leaves, which develop more uprightly than those of many other air plants.
T. ionantha v. scaposa
Straight, upward-growing greenery that is shaped into a compact bundle characterizes thin pants. Its leaves are a light green that can almost appear white. The inner leaves turn crimson when the plant is in bloom, and a vivid purple flower bract results.
Special Instructions: Be gentle when handling this variety of air plant because its leaves are more delicate than others. T. ionantha v. scaposa prefers regular irrigation and cool surroundings.
The thin, silvery leaves on this plant branch out to form an untamed mane. Its purple flower is borne on a red spike that emerges from the center of the shrub.
Special Remarks: This air plant prefers a cool environment with lots of air movement.
There are large and tiny forms of T. ionantha. With spiky upward-reaching silvery green leaves that turn blazing red while in bloom, it has a rounded, stubby base.
Special Notes: These air plants are suitable for beginners to try their hand at because they are simple to grow and propagate in a variety of situations.
T. tectorum (AKA Snowball)
The snowball is a white, fluffy air plant with trichomes, tiny hairs that give it the appealing snowball impression. It originates from Peru and prefers a dry climate. Snowball is a wonderful indoor air plant because it won’t thrive in a hot, humid atmosphere. T. tectorum is more expensive than certain other types since it is scarce.
Give T. tectorum plenty of airflow, and let it dry completely in between waterings. Save the misting for kinds that enjoy humidity and only give this air plant a bath.
T. stricta ‘Stiff Purple’
The stiff purple ar plant produces thick, cylinder-shaped pastel pink blooms as well as sprawling, spidery green foliage with a purplish tint.
Special Remarks: T. stricta thrives in humid conditions with efficient air movement. You could even keep them outside if you live somewhere warm.
This particular type of air plant is tiny and covered in a profusion of thin, hair-like leaves. The blossom, which is vivid red and sticks straight out of the plant’s center, is present. Special Remarks: Because of its diminutive size, T. argentea is ideal for keeping in terrariums and other compact containers.
The leaves of T. harrisii are slender, glaucous, and curve downward. They reach heights of three to five inches and a width of three inches. Purple and crimson flowers bloom.
Special Instructions: Because these plants need strong, direct sunlight to grow on rocks in their native Guatemala, place them in a bright area of your home.
T. brachycaulos v. abdita
The leaves of this medium-sized plant are incredibly delicate green and turn bright crimson when the flowers appear. T. brachycaulos v. abdita has vibrant purple, yellow, and pink blooms.
T. xerographica (AKA the King of Tillandsias)
There’s a good reason this is known as the King of Tillandsias! It is a very large (up to three feet in diameter!) rosette-shaped air plant with silvery-blue leaves. T. The dry forests of Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala are home to xerographica.
Special Information: This air plant blooms by producing a massive, months-long flower spike that is scarlet and brilliant green.
This air plant has gorgeous starburst-shaped foliage that is glaucous green and grows to a height of four to six inches. It develops an all-white blossom in the middle of its foliage when it is in bloom. Special Remarks: T. plagiotrophica, which is native to San Salvador and Guatemala, prefers colder temperatures and good air movement. For optimal results, put it in a well-ventilated place.
T. streptophylla (AKA Shirley Temple)
The leaves of the Shirley Temple plant is a light shade of green with a faint purple tint. Its common name, “Shirley Temple,” comes from the way its broad leaflets curve downward and occasionally become ringlets.
Special Remarks: Shirley Temple air plants don’t like it when it’s too humid, so water them less regularly than other Tillandsia and avoid misting them. They also appreciate dry settings. Instead, occasionally bathe them.
T. flabellata rubra
The broad, green leaves on this huge air plant have reddish-orange tips, and the flower spikes are a vivid crimson color. It can grow up to 18 inches long but typically only reaches a length of six to nine inches.
Special Notes: Like other air plants, it can be cultivated in a pot with soil or without soil.
T. capitata ‘Peach’
The peach is an air plant of medium size with silvery foliage that becomes peach as it blooms. They resemble a conical rosette and are symmetrical.
Special Remarks: Because T. capitata ‘Peach’ is native to humid regions of South and Central America, it enjoys both misting and bathing.
T. baileyi (AKA Bailey’s Ball Moss)
Native to Mexico and the southern United States, Biley’s Ball Moss thrives in trees there. These air plants have spherical, brilliant green leaves that resemble tentacles and extend upward and outward, making them long (six to eight inches) and thin. The leaves takes on a rich purple hue when it is in bloom.
Special Notes: If you want an air plant that will reproduce, this Tillandsia is a wonderful option because it quickly gives out pups.
Silver-green leaves on the medium-sized T. circinata eventually curve completely around into circles (six to eight inches tall with a one-inch base). Their flowers include vivid yellow or purple blooms.
Special Remarks: T. circinata thrive in low-light environments and are highly hardy, low-maintenance plants.
T. pruinosa (AKA Fuzzywuzzy)
A extremely tiny air plant known as fuzzywuzzy has trichomes all over it, giving it its recognizable “fuzzy appearance.” The cylinder-shaped leaves are dark green with a hint of silver and twist in various directions, but they always grow upward. blooms purple, with a stem that is a vibrant pink color.
The slender, curly, green to yellowish foliage of this kind of air plant rises upward from a rounded, speckled base. It can be up to four inches wide and five to seven inches tall.
Special Instructions: Mist and wash this air plant frequently because it prefers cool, humid weather and frequent watering.
What distinguishes an air plant?
Tillandsias, or air plants, are unusual species. They can be recognized by their diminutive size and absence of roots. While air plants require both air and water to flourish, they are less reliant on water than conventional plants are. Air plants, in contrast to conventional plants, are epiphytes. This indicates that they can grow without soil. They are well-liked as indoor plants, presents, and home decor because of this quality.
In their natural condition, air plants cling to trees or bushes to flourish. They are native to the tropical regions of South America, Central America, and the southern United States. Some air plants, which are tropical plants, have neon-colored flowers that bloom for a few months each year.
How can I tell whether the air plant I have is real?
Unique and hassle-free indoor plants, air plants (Tillandsia) add significant visual charm to your home. These unique plants come in a variety of sizes, have health benefits for your home during the photosynthesis process, and need very little upkeep from you, which appeals to busy professionals. How can you know whether your air plant is healthy considering that they require less maintenance than other plants?
Hydration of the plant is essential to avoid underwatering and determine the health of your air plant. To determine whether the plant is getting too much or not enough moisture, regularly look for discolored leaves or dry or wet rot. An air plant is in good health if it blooms and produces fluff.
There are numerous techniques to determine whether your air plant is healthy, and the majority of them only require a visual examination. They could quickly get ill by doing some unexpected activities. Continue reading to learn more about 11 quick ways to assess the general health of your air plant.
How many different kinds of air plants exist?
The largest member of the bromeliad family, which also includes the well-known pineapple, is the air plant (Tillandsia). How many different kinds of air plants exist? There are at least 450 different types of tillandsia, not to mention innumerable hybrid variants, according to figures that are generally accepted; no two air plant varieties are alike. Are you prepared to discover a few various kinds of air plants? Go on reading.
Can you handle an air plant?
Watering is one of the hardest skills to master while learning how to take care of air plants. Typically, air plants require weekly watering. Despite what you may have been told, air plants typically don’t absorb enough water from their surroundings to stay hydrated. You must water your air plants unless you reside in a very humid area (such as a jungle).
You may need to water your air plants twice a week if your environment is really dry, such as inside during the winter, but once a week is a decent general rule. It’s more probable that you may harm your air plants from too much water than from not enough, so be careful not to overwater them.
To Water Air Plants by Submersion
Pour filtered or bottled water into a bowl at room temperature (not hot or cold as it will startle them). The air plants should be submerged underwater for 30 to 1 minute, removed, and let to air dry on paper towels or clean kitchen towels for an hour. Returning them to their holder when they’ve largely dried out.
You might think, “Well, if a little water is nice, a lot of water is better, so I’ll simply keep my air plants in the water for a little longer and when I think about it, I’ll pull them back out.” Avoid doing this. This was my old technique as a slack gardener and air plant killer. Air plants don’t need much water, and if they are submerged for more than a minute, they will die.
To Water Air Plants by Spraying
Use a spray container that has never been filled with chemicals and fill it with room temperature filtered or bottled water. Turn the spray nozzle so that only a very fine mist emits. Every two to three days, gently mist your air plants with water.
Just don’t drink tap water. And if you must, leave it out in a dish for at least 24 hours before putting your air plants in it so that any chlorine residues can drain off. Chlorine is harmful to all plants, but it is particularly harmful to these delicate, adorable little air plants.
Handling Your Air Plants
When handling these small, delicate plants, always be gentle. Many plants can tolerate being handled by humans, but air plants cannot. Try to avoid touching them, and when you do, avoid crushing or bending any of their pieces.
Finding an Air Plant Holder
The most enjoyable aspect of owning an air plant is locating the ideal location for it. You can exhibit your air plants in a variety of inventive ways, from using a weathered log to a planter made especially for air plants.
We wish you much happiness with your new air plant and hope this short tutorial has been helpful in teaching you how to care for them. If you have any inquiries, please leave them in the comments section. Every single one is reviewed and answered by me!
The spider plant is an air plant.
Look no further if you need assistance selecting your first air plant to cultivate and maintain. Here are some choices for plants that are suitable for everyone.
Due to its nocturnal habits, the lady-of-the-night orchid (Brassavola Nodosa) is a species of Brassavola air plant.
It’s good to know that this air plant is simple to grow, has persistent inflorescences, and can readily fill a sizable area with its nighttime aroma.
This orchid has white, beautiful flowers and an unmistakable, powerful citrus aroma that it releases at night to entice moths that pollinate plants at that time.
Vanilla Bean Orchid
You might be surprised to learn that an orchid is the source of the well-known and adored vanilla flavor!
The only orchid commercially grown for its source of vanillin, the flavor of vanilla, is the vanilla orchid, more specifically Vanilla planifolia.
Important: These air plants are far more difficult to produce than Brassavolas. The orchid’s blossoms only bloom for one day and it grows like a vine.
Even though you wouldn’t soon be harvesting and earning vanilla, it’s still beneficial to explore growing it as a curiosity to have your own modest vanilla farm.
Dancing Lady Orchid Air Plant
The Oncidium orchids, sometimes known as the dancing lady orchids, are a diverse group of orchids with equally unique traits.
Oncidium sphacelatum, often known as the “Kandyan Dancer” due to its similarity to a Sri Lankan dancer, is the elegant lady in the picture above.
The chocolate-scented Oncidium Sharry Baby is another well-known Oncidium orchid.
The distinctive chocolate scent and exquisite shapes of these orchids are not to be missed if you intend to develop a vibrant and fragrant collection of air plants.
Lady’s Slipper ORCHID
The slipper-like pouches on their petals are what give lady’s slipper orchids, or Cypripedioideae, its common name.
This particular plant reproduces by insects falling inside these pouches and being covered in pollen!
Many of these orchids do better on ground and aren’t true air plants. However, some plants, like the American yellow in the image above, can tolerate being lightly potted and grown as aerial plants.
A well-known orchid and excellent air plant to add to your collection is the Guarianthe Skinneri!
It can be found in the US in warm regions like Florida and the Gulf Coast. Actually, the national flower of Costa Rica is this orchid.
Like the majority of other air plants, it is generally simple to grow. As a result, if you’ve never owned an air plant before, it’s a wise choice.
Spider Air Plants
One of the best air plants for air filtration and one of the easiest air plants to grow is the spider plant, or Chlorophytum comosum.
The plant is resilient and versatile, making it an ideal air plant for every room in your house, including the bathroom and bedroom.
The little plants that sprout from the mother plant, known as spiderettes, are what gave the spider plant its name. These spiderettes have the potential to develop into spider plants.
However, because this plant is more terrestrial than aerial, it requires maintenance more in line with soil-grown plants than with hanging plants.
This adorable Tillandsia is a cross between the Tillandsia Abdita and the Tillandsia Brachycaulos. In full bloom, the Brachycaulos and Abdita both have vivid crimson tones.
So it comes as no surprise that this hybrid’s primary inflorescences are bright red and pink.
Due to their striking color change from growing to bloom, these particular species of air plants are widely sought after. They are also fairly simple to grow and maintain.
Tillandsia Xerographica Aerial Plant
The largest airborne plant is probably Tillandsia xerographica. It develops a large, spherical shape that can fill a space as a result of its long, tapering leaves waving beneath its own base.
Its distinctive attractions are the curls at the tips of its leaves and the splendor of its rosette base.
These are two fantastic justifications for include this aerial plant in your home’s interior garden!
Tillandsia Tectorum Ecuador
The T. Tectorum Ecuador is a hairy little friend for your other air plants and only needs the most basic maintenance.
This little one is from Peru and Ecuador, two very warm countries. This plant can use nutrients very effectively because of its trichomes—small hairs or outgrowths.
This makes it an excellent air plant for beginners. In fact, taking care of this little guy involves more not-to-dos than to-dos!
In the world of air plants, Tillandsia Strictaflowers can be regarded as a one-hit wonder. This is because T. Stricta only has one bloom. The blossoms of other air plants make up for it by lasting longer.
Pups “grow from under the flower” after it has bloomed. When the pups are one-third the size of their mother plant, you can remove them and let them grow on their own.
One of the most well-known air plants is the T. Ionantha variety. That’s because it’s adorable, simple to grow, and incredibly simple to maintain.
The ionanthas’ green and silver-hued leaves signal the beginning of their growth cycle. The leaves grow outward with a darker green color with time.
As the blooming period progresses, the leaves begin to blend with the greens to create a red and pink gradient, as seen in our illustration.
The Tillandsia funkiana air plant resembles a cactus more than anything else. These plants initially have a harsh appearance but are actually incredibly soft.
It has light-colored greens and a stem, making it a lovely addition for any room in the house. Additionally, it clusters quite nicely, as can be seen in the picture above.
These Tillandsia Bulbosaair plants have eerie nighttime shadows. They would be more terrifying than attractive, with their long, looping limbs resembling snakes or tentacles.
However, if you see them in the sunlight, you’ll adore their light elegance and vibrant colors.
The Bulbosa is a small thing of beauty to behold in the bright sunshine. Its flat leaves combine to create the bulb that bears its name, as well as the arms.
The Bulbosa is simple to care for, as are other Tillandsias. This tiny shrub may make even a novice gardener smitten.
The hummingbird and the tillandsia aeranthos are best buddies in their native environment. The pollination of the Aeranthos is accomplished by the hummingbird itself.
The upward-pointing stiff green leaves of this air plant are. The blossoms are attractive in their pink colours while they are in bloom, and later in the season, they are flecked with lovely purple colors.
Advice: To care for this plant, you can either remove the developing pups and allow them to grow on their own or leave them alone to group together.
With good reason, this plant is also known as the “octopus plant” or “medusa’s head.” Tillandsia Caput-Medusae resembled either with its pseudobulb and splayed tentacles.
This air plant possesses all the traits that Tillandsias are known for. It is a plant that is easy for beginners to grow, and it possesses trichomes that aid in nutritional absorption.