Air plants are a unique type of plant that doesn't require soil to grow. These plants are considered epiphytes, and some other epiphytic plants include certain hoyas, orchids, and bromeliads! The Ionantha is a beautiful variety with thicker reddish-orange stems that grow mostly upwards.
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AttributesType: Houseplant, Airplant
Height: 2 in - 5 in
Spread: 2 in - 5 in
Light: Bright to Medium Indirect
Zone: 9 - 10
Pet Safe: Non-Toxic
CareGeneral Maintenance: Air plants are very easy to care for, though they do require some attention. These plants are best rotated over couple of days so that they may grow evenly all the way around the plant. Propagation is not easy with these plants, as it is generally done by seed. A Tillandsia that has bloomed may produce 1-3 pups before the mother plant dies off.
Temperature: 10 - 33 degrees Celsius. These plants can tolerate short amounts of time in temperatures as low as 5 degrees Celsius, but do not expose to frost or freezing conditions.
Light: Tillandsia grow in the canopies of trees and receive very dappled lighting in their natural habitat. Therefore, they are not well suited to full sun as they will dry out much faster and their leaves can burn.
Watering: Water air plants by putting them in a bowl of water for 5-10 minutes every 3-4 days. These plants will not tolerate drying out completely but can withstand a minor drought. Misting these plants will not be enough and should only be done to raise humidity.
Fertilizer: Air plants do not generally require fertilizer, but if you are trying to encourage blooming you can use a low-nitrogen Bromeliad fertilizer at the start of the growing season. Use a fertilizer that is low in copper as it is actually toxic to them.