It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the airplant doesn’t need soil.
Common name : Airplant
Scientific name : Tillandsia spp.
Family : Bromeliaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Tillandsia - the airplant - is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae, native to the forests, mountains and deserts of northern Mexico and south-eastern United States. Most Tillandsia species are epiphytes – which translates to 'upon a plant’ - or grow on shifting desert soil, absorbing moisture and nutrients through the leaves from rain, decaying leaves and insect matter. Those are the ones we’re interested in, here.
Sowing & planting
10 - 30
6 - 7
Identify my airplant
Tillandsias are about 400 species of epiphytes - they do not need soil - with whole, often scaly leaves. The leaves are organized in rosette.
The flowers are tubular or funnel with three sepals and three petals. These blooms in spring or fall.
Plant my airplant
Do not plant your airplant, put it on the support you like, or hang it gently, without drilling or sticking it.
Any wet mix that stays in contact with the roots will cause it to rot, even if it is sand.
Water my airplant
Spray your airplant from time to time with filtered water - it does not like limestone.
Protect my airplant
Place your airplant in a dry place, even in a draft, and do not expose it to direct sunlight.
Fertilize my airplant
From March to October, twice a month, add some special liquid orchid fertilizer with a sprayer, dosed at 1/4 of the recommended amount. Tillandsias do not like fertilizers rich in nitrogen.