Plant Care Air Plant

Air Plant

4.7 out of 5 (163 experiences)

Air Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Air Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly

Also known as

air plant and Blushing Bride Air Plant


Tillandsia ionantha

How to care for Air Plant


How often to water your Air Plant

Water needs for Air Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

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

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 Air Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Air Plant in Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida

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Growing Air Plant in Orlando right now

Light needs for plant Air Plant in Orlando, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

January 24th, 2022

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Orlando is currently medium 👌.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Air Plant in Orlando, Florida

Sunlight will increase by 16.3% ☀️

January 21st, 2022

Orlando is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Orlando is expected to increase by 16.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.0 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Air Plant in Orlando, Florida

Daylight will increase by 0.5 hours 📈

January 23rd, 2022

This month, Orlando is getting an average of 7.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 5.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for Air Plant in your home

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

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

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Orlando, Florida ⛅.

Air Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Air Plant

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

When to repot Air Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Air Plant in Orlando, Florida

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 21st, 2022

The growing potential in Orlando is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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Difficulty Level

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Air Plant

Air Plant

Air Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Air Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 104
Air Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 26
Air Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 17
Air Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Air Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 12
Air Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Air Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
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leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,453 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland

Surprisingly the tips brown pretty easily if it’s not spritzed with water frequently enough. Some people soak them once a month or so but last time I did that I forgot about it over night and almost killed the poor thing. I’ll stick to spraying it

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Georgiakatex avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 86 XP

This plant is super easy to take care of. Just keep them out of sunlight and do not pour water on them, only spray them a little maybe once a month if that. Very easy to maintain. They do not grow very much either so super great for a bedroom.

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Iowa City, Iowa

Very low maintenance and super cute :)

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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 760 XP

Awesome pretty easy to take care of… awesome little plant no soil required!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 0 Plants
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I THIBK I KILLED HENRY BUT HES LIKE THE EASIEST PLANT TO TAKE CARe OF… maybe i’m not cut out to be a plant mom :(

Browns easily Browns easily
Taylorlover avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 120 XP
globe Howard, Ohio

So cool I’ve had it for months and it looks amazing so easy to take care of!

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 510 XP
globe Augusta, Maine

Easy to neglect without repercussions

Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
leaf-1 132 Plants
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globe Washington, District of Columbia

So easy. So so so easy. Just soak them every now and then! Air plants are fun because you can just set them in random places that a full size plant might not fit or work.

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leaf-1 41 Plants
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globe Davison, Michigan

Some of the easiest plants to take care of, just make sure not to overwater them or hold off on watering them for too long.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Cassrose avatar
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 1,110 XP
globe New York

My favorite of all airplants ! It’s adorable and fuzzy and surprisingly grows fairly quickly. I just place it in a bowl of water weekly and let it dry for about three hours before placing it back on its display.

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 270 XP

I bought 5, they were all the same variety, 2 died within 2 weeks. They all were watered on the same day and roughly together in the same location with the same sun. Not sure how 2 died but 3 are good

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leaf-1 73 Plants
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globe Vallejo, California

I soak it in water for 10 mins and dry upside down. Very minimal attention plant

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 684 XP
globe Deposit, New York

Literally takes no effort to keep alive! Super good beginner plant :)

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 81 XP
globe Welland, Ontario

Easy, cute and if it dries out or rots it recovers fast! It needS ALOT of sun so it directly on a window (hanging in front is the best)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Miaaa avatar
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 1,720 XP

Extremely easy plant to take care of and also surprisingly rewarding - it's bloomed once and is starting to grow another small air plant to the side.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 505 XP
globe Maryville, Missouri

This plant will basically survive anything! You have to make sure it’s soil is damp at all times, or else the leaves will start to brown and die. It is a fast grower, but you have to make sure to pull the dead leaves off so it can form new ones more easily!

Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 63 Plants
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globe Gainesville, Georgia

Super easy to take care of. I soak in water for 20 to 25 minutes one day a week and then mist once or twice a week depending on how humid the house is. This is one of my first air plants and has survived my learning curve, so that’s impressive!

Survivor Survivor
Donna avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
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globe Pennsauken Township, New Jersey

Easy peasy plant. Soak in distilled water for a couple hours once a week and that’s it. I enjoy them because they’re so unusual.

Survivor Survivor
Meg avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois

Bbbm on s off j

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Ashinbyalex avatar
leaf-1 73 Plants
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globe Vallejo, California

At my desk. Water hims every two weeks. Fluorescent lights are enough. Thrives on top of my monitor

Survivor Survivor

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