Tillandsia is the largest genus of the Bromeliad family. Commonly known as air plants, this genus boasts more than 500 species native to Central and South America and the southern United States.
These intriguing plants require no soil, as they take in nutrients through their leaves. Despite their exotic nature, they are actually hardy plants ideal for busy people or those with a less-than-green thumb. In nature, Tillandsia are often considered pioneer plants because they populate barren places that few other plants can.
Tillandsia can be placed in a variety of decorative settings inside or outdoors. Popular applications include glass terrariums and other vessels, bark and tree branches, and even hanging plants in mid-air with fishing line.
Air plants enjoy bright, but indirect light. They can do well in home and office settings with fluorescent light. They require watering once or twice a week. Soaking them in water or misting with a spray bottle is recommended.
Many air plants bloom with colorful flowers. A Bromeliad fertilizer or a fertilizer low in copper can be used occasionally to encourage blooms.
Tillandsia are fun plants, full of unique character. They can become a rewarding part of your environment, easy to care for and enjoy.