Part of the Bromeliad family, Tillandsias (more commonly called air plants) are epiphytic, meaning they do not require soil to grow. In their natural state, tillandsias grow while attached to other plants in areas of Central and South America, Mexico and the southern part of the United States. They absorb water and nutrients through trichomes, which are located on their leaves. Their roots are simply anchors. Amazingly, once removed from their host, tillandsias are able to survive and grow on their own. Tillandsias are ideal for adding color and variety to orb landscapes, potted plants and even floral arrangements. With proper care, they can last for years and some may even bloom.
After receiving your plants, give them a two to three hour soak as they loose moisture in transit.
Tillandsias prefer bright indirect or filtered light from April to October. Typically, they can handle more sun from November through March.
To water your air plant, completely drench it two to three times per week. This can be done by either dunking them under a faucet or giving them a quick plunge in a bowl of water. This is a general recommendation, and in hotter, drier climates they may want to be watered up to twice a day. Oppositely, in cooler, moister climated they may only need to be watered once a week. If you forget about them and they are starting to dry out, you may be able to replenish them with a soak in water overnight. However, be wary of rotting if left in water too long.
Air plants can be kept outdoors year round only if protected from frost. Though they can survive without fertilizer, they may be healthier and more fertile if you use a bromeliad or tillandsia fertilizer twice a month at 1/4 strength.
If air plants are to be kept indoors, be wary that it is often drier indoors than outdoors, which may mean you need to give them more water. If placing them in an orb or other glass vessel, be sure to let the air plants completely dry out before they are returned to their home. Keep tillandsias near a window (about three feet) to make sure they get enough light.