Tillandsia Plant - Knowledgebase Question

jacksonville, Fl
Question by phelanda
October 14, 2009
I have this plant in my home and its very beutiful its orange in the middle of green I usually kill all plants whats the best way to take care of it would like to keep it in my home and should the pot have holes in the bottom I dont have a green thumb usually kills all plants.Help me keep this one looks good on my bar.

Answer from NGA
October 14, 2009


Tillandsia is an air plant that grows on trees and on rocks -- it is rarely grown in pots. Tillandsia is also known as Spanish moss. It is found either with green or gray leaves. Tillandsia was once a rare plant, but is now growing more in gardens mounted on solid objects such as rocks, shells, driftwood and slate. Only a few varieties of tillandsia plants can adapt to soil: T. cyanea variety or T. lindenii.

Place your tillandsia in a location with bright light, but not direct sun. If you are growing your tillandsia away from a window, grow it under fluorescent lights.

Saturate the tillandsia plant using a spray mister. If the air is hot and dry, mist the plant daily. If the air is cool, misting three times a week is sufficient.

Grow your Tillandsia plants in a warm location with air temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees. The plants thrive in high humidity such as 50 percent. Although the tillandsia plants will survive freezing temperatures, they thrive in warm weather.

Purchase a liquid fertilizer and dilute to one-quarter strength. Apply the fertilizer to the base of the mounted plant with a sprayer once a month.

Good luck with your new plant!

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