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Our Mission is to provide our loyal customers with a great selection of competitively priced air plants, terrariums, natural displays, wholesale/bulk finished product, rare plants, and more! We offer a 30 day guarantee on our plants so you can shop in confidence knowing we ship healthy beautiful plants that we stand behind. We offer FAST shipping and orders $60 over ship for FREE! We make buying air plants easy even for beginners with our Air Plant Starter Packs that include a unique collection or air plants in variety of shape, sizes and textures. We even include an 8oz fertilizer bottle to keep your plants looking happy!
Dedication to our customers goes way past our first sale, as we strive to be your source for all things Air Plant! Our extensive Air Plant Care section has articles detailing topics like How to Water an Air Plant and Air Plant Care 101. We also dive into individual tillandsia spotlight articles where we highlight different species and talk about their origins and native habitats. Having trouble with your current air plants? We also have a section where we discuss common air plant questions as well as an article "what is wrong with my air plant?" where we talk about common ailments. But don't worry, every order comes with an air plant care card that helps outline how to care for your new plant babies!
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We get this question a lot, "What is an air plant?" and "What is a Tillandsia?". Often times people assume that they get their name because they are found in trees or on rock cliffs, hanging in the air. Or because they only need air to survive or even better yet because they "clean the air". All of these reasons are somewhat right, and definitely not wrong! In reality, air plants get their name due to the fact they generally found hanging in the air! They are able to pull moisture and nutrients from the air with dense scales on their leaves called "trichomes". While most plant get nutrients and water from their root system, this is where tillandsia really stand out from the norm.
Air plants are a nickname for Tillandsia, which is a genus in the Bromeliad family. There are over 600 different types of tillandsia or "Air Plants", a number that continues to grow as new species are being discovered. Most air plants are epiphytes, using their root system to attach themselves to a host. Interestingly enough, they do not use their roots to pull nutrients from their host rather just to anchor themselves. Some tillandsia air plants are even aerophytes, meaning their root system is very minimal and are used to anchor their base in shifting or loose desert sand/substrate. Some of the more green types of air plants can be potted in a very fast draining mix, although doing so can increase your risk for fungus/root rot due to extra moisture around the base of the plant, so we don't always recommend it unless you are very experienced in caring for that type of tillandsia. The lack of soil need allows air plants to be used in a wide array of design ideas! From terrariums to living walls, air plants are a unique alternative to traditional foliage.
In nature Tillandsia air plants can be found in a wide range of environments, from humid rainforests to dry and arid deserts. The bulk of tillandsia are found in Central America, South America, and Mexico but they are also native to parts of the Southern United States like Florida. Florida actually has several native air plants many which are on the protected list. You will find that the characteristics of each plant are fine tuned for their environments and can be broadly broken up into 3 different categories; Mesic, Xeric, and hydric. To learn more about the differences between these classifications, check out our article Mesic Vs. Xeric Plants which details the differences between these categories.
"How do you care for an air plant?" Our customers ask this one quite a bit, and it's a tough one to answer! The simple answer is that caring for an air plant depends on a lot of factors, with some of the more important ones being what type of tillandsia "air plant" and what type of environment you in? Are you keeping your air plant indoors or outdoors? Matching the right plant for your environment goes a long way in being a successful air plant parent. If you live in an area with a lot of humidity, you may find that the greener more "mesic" type air plants will do well. While on the other hand if you live in a place like Arizona, with dry hot air you will have better luck keeping xeric tillandsia like Xerographica and Duratii. We have found that for most environments and most air plant species, soaking two or three times a week for 20 minutes or so is enough hydration. More importantly is that your plant is able to dry out within a few hours and doesn't sit in moisture for prolonged periods. Want to learn more about caring for your tillandsia air plants? Check out our in depth care info and for detailed info on waterings methods we have a great article about tips for watering your air plant.
I am always impressed with how well the plants are packaged. I have never been disappointed with a shipment( and there have been many)
Just like the title says....nothing but the best and it is highly appreciated in your quality AND your service which means SO much to me to get BOTH!
I had to get a couple of them replaced but they are doing great now and are well adjusted. I am very happy with the species and hybrids I recieved! Wonderful and knowledgeable customer service . thanks guys!
I love my air plants and everything I’ve ordered! I’m very new to this world but fell in love right away. Thank you so much for fast service and excellent quality in plants. I’ve ordered quite a few and only killed two so far! I’ve been MORE careful since!
The T. straminea is a good large plant for the middle of my Tillandsia branch.
Your trio gave me pleasure.
I am happy and wonderful because my children are healthy and nice.
I will come back to you if I buy next time.
I am lucky to have met you.
I found three deer horns in my front yard. What to do with them???? Aha, air plants, table centerpiece, voila!
Although I just received this and had only used it once, my plants seem to really like it🥰
Concolor arrived looking great! The medium size is perfect -- about 5" tall. Displayed in a standard size vintage teacup. This will make a great little gift for a friend! I'll be sure to pass on growing information and a little bottle of plant food too.
I may need to order another for myself!
This was my first time ordering from Air Plant Design Studio -- and it won't be the last! All plants looked great upon arrival and there were a nice variety of sizes. This was the perfect solution to jumpstart my collection!
I am new to air plants so decided it would be nice to buy some that were in bloom when I got them. I am very pleased with this purchase and the plants are happy campers. I did have to reach out to customer support and the response was very quick. I will definitely buy from this seller again. Thank you !
This is my very favorite air plant. They are small, but I put all 5 into an antique cactus vase with 5 short arms. They look terrific!
I especially like the smooth, dark green color and how the slender "leaves" go out snaky in all directions. Wonderful!
This is my first air plant, ever. I was recommended this type from a friend, did some researching, and settled for this company to get it from. I fell in love with this one because of it reminding me of pine needles. Anyways, i received the plant very quickly and not damaged. Mine did arrive in bloom, so it was an extra surprise for me. With it being my first, I really appreciated the postcard that came with it with instructions on what to do when it arrived. I’ve had mine for about a month & it’s still thriving. Throughout the month, I’ve been, slowly, adjusting soak lengths and how often to fit the living conditions I have for it - I think I have it pretty much perfect or close to it now. Thank you so much for making this process easier for me with that postcard along with the individual page for this specific air plant, they’ve been super helpful.
The plants I received from you have been superb. But I am doing something wrong. I have three that are in bud. Didn't know not to water the bloom until too late on one :( But Every time I soak my plants (20 min. I seem to have a couple that get soggy on the bottom. Today I put my plants in a bucket of rain water for 20 ins. When I took them out a prize plant with 2 pups that looked absolutely great when it went into the water came out rotted! Fell all apart. I cried! I let them dry on towels I spray with feed once a month. It seems the one that my main problem is with the Huamelula or at least that is what they look like.What am I doing wrong?
I've ordered from this company many times and I'm always pleased with the fast shipping, care of the plants, quality of each plant, and even the instructions for care that's included with each purchase. I couldn't be happier with the entire experience and will continue to order from this company. Prices are also very reasonable!
This is my very first air plant order. I'm decent at growing things but have had zero experience with air plants and, I must say, this company has made it effortless for me. There's such a nice variety of pretty plants and accessories. Also, they have so much helpful information that I received my plants and had complete confidence in what I was doing. After having researched various online companies, I feel like APDS has a very comfortable quality to price ratio. I've only just begun but I'm confident I'll be able to grow an amazing collection with the help of this company. Wonderful experience!!
This excellent selection of plants arrived in great shape. There are some plants in this shipment that are new to my collection and I love them. Thanks so much!
After receiving my first order, I placed a second order immediately. I was so pleased with the healthy plants I received. They looked just like the images on the website.... no surprises and no disappointments.
I wanted some larger plants for a glass container I purchased at IKEA. These are perfect! I just used the plant food for the first time, so too early to see a difference. All of the plants that I purchased from this site have thrived, with the exception of the few that my cats thought were prey. Alas the cats won.
Plant arrived in perfect condition. It is a wonderful addition to my collection. I enjoy it’s variation in color...
Plant arrived in great condition and was exactly like described and pictured on your site. I love the color and medium size is perfect
I was truly amazed the plant arrived and looks exactly like it was described and pictured on your site. Thank you...wish you had a smaller one. This is huge!
My air plants arrived very well packaged and healthy, and I’m very Excited to display them in my home. Very much please with your company and will be making future orders for more plants. I’m in love with them.
I love my new collection of air plants. This is the third time I have ordered from Air Plant Design Studio and have been please each time. They are quick with shipping and the plants come nicely packaged. I have received both tagged and untagged plants, but I am not concerned about that. I did have a question about one of my orders and they responded back to me within 12 hours.
I have sent the Tilly of the month to two of my family members as surprise cercies and they love them. They may be hooked now.
I love the versatility of this plant. Once a week, I rearrange mine. Sometimes it lives in the kitchen in a rock garden and this one really makes it feel like a high desert, and sometimes I let it live stand alone (like here) since it's so unique. For as soft as it is, it came packaged perfectly and is stunning!
I love this little Tilly! It actually lives in here with other air plants but for review purposes, I wanted you to see how lovely it is all by itself. It came safely packaged and in spectacular condition. I love all it's wacky leaves!
I wanted something fun and unique for my desk. And I thought it might be perfect for this little dinosaur planter. I was right, and oh man does it make me smile everyday! Th plant was in perfect condition and seems to be very happy!
These came packaged safely and in great condition. After just a couple of weeks they are absolutely thriving and are stunning!!! The package came with Seleriana, Caput Medusae, Ionantha Gutemala, Juncea and Scaposa and of course the fertilizer. All were clearly labeled for me which is great, so that I can manage their care based on their specific needs. WONDERFUL!
I am relatively new to air plant collecting, but the shop made it very easy to obtain the fertilizer and plants that I’d wanted within days. Even though this was a random selection I’d let them know of the couple plants I’d had in the order comments and they made sure to not give me repeats! Definitely my new plant go to 💕
The plant is beautiful. It arrived very healthy looking.
These beauties look healthy and are still thriving. They all differ slightly in size, and the price was great!
This combo is eye-catchingly gorgeous! A real stand out!
I just received my airplant and fertilizer, and I love them! The plant is so cute. I am excited to see how it grows.
It was nicely packaged and came lightning quick!
Always great quality and awesome service!
Just received my air plants and I’m 100% happy with them! Beautiful plants and quick mailing. They give you everything you need to get started and complete care instructions. I would highly recommend this company.
This wonderful plant arrived in beautiful shape and ready to be shown off.