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Air Plant

Tillandsia spp.

Also known as

Airplant, Lugplante (Afr.)

Full Shade
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Tender

11b-13b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

60cm

15cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Tillandsia is the largest genus in the Bromeliaceae family, containing approximately 630 species of bromeliads which are perennial, evergreen, flowering plants from South America and the West Indies. Commonly known as Air Plants, they are found in jungles, rainforests and arid desert environments, from sea level to high mountain regions. Usually the thinner the leaf, the more water is needed. Tillandsia can be air, rock or terrestrial plants. Always mist or water your air plants in the morning and make sure to shake off any excess water before setting them out to dry.

Common problems

Vulnerable to aphids while flowering.

Companion plants

Mostly planted on their own.

Harvesting

Not usually harvested

Propagation

Division

Break off a piece of the plant to grow in a new spot, division is best in spring.

Special Features

Pot plant

Use a airy medium like bark or sand and hang up for best effect.

Hedge plant

Beautiful screens or çurtains are made from Tillandsias. Use a frame of wire or rope and allow them to grow undisturb for a long time.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Uses

Ornamental

Grown for their beautiful foliage and flowers.