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Air Plant

Tillandsia intermedia

Photo by Francisco Farriols Sarabia (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

40cm

Min

40cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Air Plant

A close up of a Tillandsia intermedia air plant in a tree
A Tillandsia intermedia Air Plant with pink flowers

Air Plant Overview

Tillandsia intermedia is one of the most interesting Air Plant species as it hangs upside down and produces both basal offsets and offsets from the inflorescence itself. This means that over time it will form an ever larger and thicker clump. Plus, it has an incredibly modern and attractive shape. The leaves can re-curve into pretty circles that give this plant a whimsical appearance. Small, tubular, vivid purple-pink flowers with 3 petals are produced on a central inflorescence which strongly contrasts against the foliage. It is an epiphytic species from the Asparagaceae family, it is thus able to grow without the need for soil substrate. It originates from western Mexico. Air Plants are a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms, anywhere with ample humidity.

Common problems with Air Plant

Generally problem free.

    Air Plant Companion Plants

    Generally grown in trees.

    How to harvest Air Plant

    Not harvested.

    How to propagate Air Plant

    Division

    Remove pups when they reach 1/3 of the mother plant size.

    Special features of Air Plant

    Indoor plant

    Can be grown indoors, but the three most important requirements are bright light, although not direct sun, good air circulation and water.

    Drought resistant

    Require very small amounts of water in the form of mist.

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Air Plant

    Ornamental

    Grown for their beautiful foliage and flowers.