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Pot Belly Air plant

Tillandsia circinata

Also known as

Pot Belly Airplant

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Pot Belly Air plant Overview

Tillandsia circinata is a bulbous species in the Bromeliaceae family, commonly known by the name Pot Belly Air Plant. It produces long blue tubular flowers and this species is perhaps one of the easiest to grow.

Common problems with Pot Belly Air plant

Generally disease free, Slugs & snails can be a problem if placed outside in summer. They can also suffer from aphids & mealybugs.

    How to harvest Pot Belly Air plant

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Pot Belly Air plant


    Place the plant in a bowl of water for two or three hours to hydrate it. Gently spread the leaves of the plant to reveal the pups at its base. Separate the pups from the parent plant by gently pulling the plants apart at the base. Put the pups into the bowl of water as you separate them from the parent plant. Mist the pups each day, in the morning or early afternoon. Tillandsias are nocturnal and respire at night, which means they breathe in carbon dioxide at night. If the leaves are covered with a film of water, they cannot absorb the gas from the air.