Tillandsias Air Plant
Tillandsias grow naturally in South and Central America, and southern parts of the US. They are in the Bromeliad family, and are sometimes referred to as "air plants." Hundreds of different varieties grow on trees, rocks, cliffs, and various types of cacti. Thin-leaf varieties grow in areas with more rain and thick-leaf varieties in drier areas. No soil is needed to grow these unique plants. All water
and nutrients are taken in through the leaves. Their roots are used as wire-like anchors.
Tillandsias’ growth cycle starts with one plant growing to maturity and then blooming! One to two months after the bloom has finished, new plants form around the base of the "mother" plant. These will then eventually mature and complete their blooming cycle in one to several years, depending upon the variety and growing conditions (very important).
Tillandsias can be placed in or on anything. Rocks, shells, pottery, driftwood, around water fountains, reptile tanks, etc. Tillandsias are NOT toxic to animals.
CULTURAL TIPS FOR TILLANDSIA
Bright, indirect light, fluorescent office lighting or frost-protected shaded patio. No direct sun. Some varieties can handle some early morning sun - this will allow them to "blush" (change colors) before they bloom. Place no more than 10 feet from a bright window for best results.
This is the most important aspect of succeeding with Tillandsias. Remember that they grow naturally where it rains. Frequency of watering (how many times per week) will depend on if it has thin or thick leaves. Spray with a mister or rinse under running water
2-3 times a week. In warmer and drier conditions, an overnight soaking (12-14 hours) will rehydrate them more efficiently than spraying or rinsing. If leaf edges begin to curl in, then it is best to use the soaking method.
Use a water-soluble fertilizers twice a month at 1/4 strength.