Plant Care Medusa Head Air Plant

Medusa Head Air Plant

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Medusa Head Air Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Taxonomy

Tillandsia caput-medusae
Tillandsia
Bromeliaceae
Poales

How to care for Medusa Head Air Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Medusa Head Air Plant

Water needs for Medusa Head Air Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Medusa Head 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 Medusa Head Air Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Medusa Head Air Plant in your home

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

Medusa Head 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.

Medusa Head Air Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Medusa Head Air Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Medusa Head 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 Medusa Head Air Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Medusa Head Air Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Medusa Head Air Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Medusa Head 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.

Medusa Head Air Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Medusa Head 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 🏡.

Medusa Head Air Plant Light Requirements →

Medusa Head Air Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Medusa Head Air Plant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Medusa Head Air Plant Toxicity to Cats →

Medusa Head Air Plant Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Medusa Head 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.

Medusa Head Air Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Medusa Head 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 Medusa Head Air Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Medusa Head Air Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Medusa Head 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Medusa Head Air Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Medusa Head 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

Medusa Head Air Plant is native to the Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Medusa Head Air Plant bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Medusa Head Air Plant Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Medusa Head Air Plant has long, trailing foliage which makes them a great addition to a hanging planter. The newest growth will emerge from the tip of the stems.

How and When to Prune Medusa Head Air Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Medusa Head Air Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Medusa Head Air Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Medusa Head Air Plant can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Medusa Head Air Plant. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Medusa Head Air Plant

Medusa Head Air Plant

Medusa Head 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

Medusa Head Air Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 32
Medusa Head Air Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Medusa Head Air Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Medusa Head Air Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Medusa Head Air Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
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@Alorxmanthing avatar
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10/10/2021

I love Spike Leaf truly a great succulent

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09/06/2021

Soak every 10 days or so in a bath, or spritz with water - so easy!

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globe Shellsburg, IA
07/28/2021

A good starter if you are just getting into air plants. Easiest one I’ve had to care for

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globe Washington, DC
06/25/2021

understated and calming

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globe Milwaukee, WI
06/14/2021

an air plant is very easy to have because it doesn’t involve much water and if you forget to water it, it will be fine. What i do is soak the tips of the plant in water for 10 minutes and then let it hang upside down to dry. I was told not to let any water get inside the base of the plant because otherwise it can start rotting. Because of this, the watering process is somewhat of a hassle, but the plant is so cute and unique so it’s worth it.

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leaf-1 8 Plants
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05/30/2021

I’ve had this air plant for about 3 years now and she’s been through thick and thin, almost killed her a few times but she’s made it through!! 🤍

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Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Langley, British Columbia
05/23/2021

Easy to take care of! Perfect starter plant

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globe Alexandria, LA
05/19/2021

Easy to care for

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globe Elizabethtown, KY
05/17/2021

I love this air plant! They are so easy to care for! I tied mine up with a suction cup inside my Clown tree frogs enclosure! She gets just enough humidity and UVB! And my frogs love hiding in her leaves!

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05/12/2021

Didn’t realize it’s growing so much easiest plant I love that I don’t have to worry about soil or anything.

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globe Kihei, HI
05/09/2021

It’s almost impossible to kill, soak once to twice a month and it will live forever:)

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
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globe Pompano Beach, FL
05/03/2021

Water your air plants by completely submerging them in water and letting them soak.

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leaf-1 30 Plants
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04/25/2021

It’s such a great plant! I’ve had this for 4 years and it’s never given me any trouble besides brown tips! Make sure you don’t get the bulb part soaked when watering though to prevent rot

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04/23/2021

Be sure you have a nice pot or container for placing your plant in! I recommend getting a spray bottle rather than cups of water :)

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leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 586 XP
04/18/2021

Just needs a good hanging position and baths to be happy. Has been neglected for months at a time. Mine has flowered twice in 4.5 years so when it does it is hugely satisfying and beautiful.

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globe Bedford, NH
02/16/2021

very very easy to take care of and it’s bit of color is so pretty

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globe San Diego, CA
02/15/2021

easy to understand if overwatered or underwatered! it’s really cute and stuff tho, the only negative is that it browns easily when underwatered. soaking for 30mins-1hour should alleviate it. also cutting off the brown ends with sterilized shears/scissors is also good

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