Air plant (Tillandsia)

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Tillandsias are plants that in their natural environment, grow clinging to trees. They have no roots and absorb water through their leaves. With their often slender straight or really twisted shape as well as their exotic color makes it a delightful plant that will intrigue your guests.

Tillandsia – Light of the Seas – Green Corner Florist – Montreal Florist

Quick information:

  • Family: Bromeliads
  • Type: houseplant
  • Origin: Central America, South America
  • Color: varies by species
  • Exposure: subdued sun
  • Flowering : depending on the species
  • Soil: none
  • Height: from 10 cm to 50 cm depending on the species

Location and temperature:

Tillandsias are plants of tropical origin, so they need high ambient humidity. They also need a lot of sun, but they should not be subjected directly to the sun’s rays that could burn it. In terms of temperature, tillandsias are very resistant and can live very well in temperatures between 5 and 30°C (41 to 86°F). It is therefore an ideal plant to install in a bathroom.


Having no substrate, tillandsias are not plants that water in the traditional way. Since these are plants that draw moisture from the air thanks to the small hairs located on their leaves, it is enough to spray them 1-3 times a week. If your plant is in a very sunny place and it grows quickly, it is advisable to water the plant by soaking it whole in a jar of water for about 10 minutes. Then let the plant drain perfectly before returning it to its usual location.


It is not possible to make cuttings with tillandsias. To multiply them, you need to use the rejects of flowering, which once grown into a small rosette, can be separated from the mother plant and become another entity.