Plant Care Spreading Airplant

Spreading Airplant

4.5 out of 5 (11 experiences)

Spreading Airplant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Spreading Airplant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Giant wild pine, Swollen wild pine and Air plant


Tillandsia utriculata

How to care for Spreading Airplant


How often to water your Spreading Airplant

Water needs for Spreading Airplant
0.5 cups
every 12

Spreading Airplant 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 Spreading Airplant

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.

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Finding light for Spreading Airplant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Spreading Airplant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Spreading Airplant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Spreading Airplant in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Spreading Airplant

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

Care Summary for Spreading Airplant

Spreading Airplant

Spreading Airplant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


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

Spreading Airplant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Spreading Airplant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Spreading Airplant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Spreading Airplant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Spreading Airplant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Spreading Airplant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Spreading Airplant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Leahtrit avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 392 XP

my friend got me this plant and hanging frame as a gift, but she accidentally left it in a bag for a few days, and then I didn’t know the gift was alive so I didn’t open it until a day or two later, so it went a long time without water, light, or fresh air and didn’t even wilt a bit.

in conclusion this guy refuses to die lol

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Corinna_mae avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 88 XP

Soooo pretty and just have to give the perfect amount of water!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Kfey avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 478 XP
globe Indianapolis, Indiana

Even though it doesn’t need soil, it stills needs to be watered. Fully submerged to be exact.

Eazyali avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Sacramento, California

Super easy to take care of

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Alison avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe St. Louis, Missouri

Hard to keep ☹️

Browns easily Browns easily

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