Plant Care Fishbone Air Plant

Fishbone Air Plant

4.5 out of 5 (13 experiences)

Fishbone Air Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Fishbone Air Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Taxonomy

Tillandsia stellifera
Tillandsia
Bromeliaceae
Poales

How to care for Fishbone Air Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Fishbone Air Plant

Water needs for Fishbone Air Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Fishbone Air Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Fishbone Air Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Fishbone Air Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fishbone Air Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Fishbone Air Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Fishbone Air Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Fishbone Air Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Fishbone Air Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Fishbone Air Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Fishbone Air Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Fishbone Air Plant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Fishbone Air Plant Water Frequency →

Fishbone Air Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Fishbone Air Plant requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Fishbone Air Plant Light Requirements →

Fishbone Air Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Fishbone Air Plant prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Fishbone Air Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Fishbone Air Plant is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Fishbone Air Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Fishbone Air Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Fishbone Air Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Fishbone Air Plant to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Fishbone Air Plant is native to the Americas.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Fishbone Air Plant

Fishbone Air Plant

Fishbone Air Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Fishbone Air Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Fishbone Air Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Fishbone Air Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
@sweetsucculent avatar
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leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 1,692 XP
globe Alliance, OH
11/30/2021

I enjoy this air plant and others because their care is so different from plants that require soil or hydroponics. Occasional bathing, an occasional spritz. I also use a spray-on fertilizer once in a while. For someone who prefers plants who demand little, require a small amount of space, but look quite interesting, air plants work well.

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@kellyshea avatar
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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,115 XP
globe Ocean Township, NJ
05/30/2021

I’ve had it less than a week, went to soak it and it fell apart in my hands

Browns easily Browns easily
@XArianaX avatar
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leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 997 XP
05/21/2021

This beautiful air plant is awesome because it can go absolutely anywhere in your house because it doesn’t need dirt to live!

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Frosinski avatar
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leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 206 XP
globe Houghton, MI
03/15/2021

Super easy to take care of and super cute

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