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Air Plant

Tillandsia caerulea

Also known as

AirPlant

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

15cm

5cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Air Plant Overview

Tillandsia caerulea is a slender perennial that forms dense large clusters of wispy grey-white leaves. It produces scented light blue flowers on tall flower spikes which emerge over several weeks.

Common problems with 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 Air Plant

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Air Plant

    Division

    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.

    Special features of Air Plant

    Indoor plant

    Attractive flowers