Tillandsia Guide

How to Care for Tillandsia (Air Plants)


This tillandsia guide contains answers to some of the most FAQ about air plants to get you growing with confidence.

Tillandsia (air plant) is one of the easiest plants to grow! Air plants get their name from their ability to absorb water and nutrients through their leaves rather than through roots. This means that they do not need to be potted and can be used as creative décor in your space. With over 400 species of tillandsia, they make a unique living collection!


LIGHT: Bright indirect or filtered light; leaves can become sunburnt when exposed to direct light. Place air plants in your brightest window for them to thrive.

HUMIDITY: Since tillandsia absorbs water through their leaves, high humidity environments are best. In drier environments, plants may need to be watered or misted more regularly.

WATERING: There are two main methods to water air plants. Some people have success thoroughly misting tillandsia 2-3 times a week, while others prefer to submerge their plants in water and soak for 10-20 minutes once a week with a few mistings in between. Either way, make sure to shake any excess water out. Allow tillandsia to dry out between waterings (watch for signs like curling tentacles/leaves). If your tillandsia begins to turn brown, it likely needs more water.


  • Overwatering can lead to root rot and ultimately the demise of your plant. Give your tillandsia the brightest indirect or filtered light possible to help the plant use the water it has stored quickly and to help prevent overwatering.
  • You can fertilize your air plants with bromeliad or orchid fertilizer at 1⁄4 of the recommended strength 1-2 times per month. Fertilize during your normal watering schedule and method.
  • Since tillandsia plants aren’t attached to pot or soil, you use them in many creative ways! They do great in terrariums, and can also be mounted to wood and hung on the wall.