Plant Care Air Plant

Air Plant

4.8 out of 5 (151 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 Tucson, Arizona.

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 Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

60% Medium

Growing Air Plant in Tucson right now

Light needs for plant Air Plant in Tucson, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 2nd, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Tucson is currently low 📉.

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

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Light needs for plant Air Plant in Tucson, Arizona

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 20.2% ☀️

December 2nd, 2021

Tucson is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tucson is expected to decrease by 20.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Air Plant in Tucson, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 2nd, 2021

This month, Tucson is getting an average of 10.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.9 total hours of dayli…

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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 maximize the potential for growth.

Air Plant does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Tucson, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample 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.

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 Tucson, Arizona, 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 96
Air Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 25
Air Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 16
Air Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 11
Air Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Air Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 6
Air Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Somelady avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 281 XP
globe Augusta, Maine

Easy to neglect without repercussions

Survivor Survivor
Megan avatar
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,120 XP
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 20 Plants
xp 466 XP
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 43 Plants
xp 1,027 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 250 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
xp 3,506 XP
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
Addy avatar
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 70 Plants
xp 1,705 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 64 Plants
xp 1,073 XP
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 32 Plants
xp 1,127 XP
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
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leaf-1 73 Plants
xp 3,506 XP
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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leaf-1 73 Plants
xp 3,506 XP
globe Vallejo, California

If u kill one of these you need to pick up a different hobby. Water hims every two weeks.

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leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 630 XP

I love air plants (I have 9)! They are low maintenance and come in a verity of styles. What I do is soak them in filtered water for 20 min once a week and spray them with air plant fertilizer after letting them dry. You may need to mist them now and than depending on how they look (crispy, leaves curled/breaking, and color looks faded).

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 122 XP
globe New York

The sky plant is amazing and I love it so much it’s small and harmless to animals like for me my dogs don’t. Try to eat it at all so I really love my sky plant and it’s really easy to water you just spray it once a week with a spray bottle so I really recommend it.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Averyann avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 112 XP

I love airplants and have had this one for about a year. It hasn’t really grown much and it needs the right amount of sun and water otherwise the tips will turn brown.

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 1,971 XP
globe Ravenna, Ohio

I love my air plants!!!! The key to maintaining them is watering by misting!!! I place mine in the sink and use a plant mister to thoroughly wet the entire plant. Every couple of months use some orchid food in a large bowl or pot mixed with water and allow the plants to soak for an hour or so.

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leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 236 XP

i love this plant. i’ve had her forever and she’s been one of my favs. she’s easy to take care of all i do is soak her in water once a week for 10 minutes and she’s all good:)

Survivor Survivor

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