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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.
Love your air plants so much. Here is a picture of my air plant babies
Beautiful air plant, will be flowering soon, very happy!!
Very healthy and longer than I expected. A very welcome addition!
I waited a long time to get this tillandsia, and it was well worth the wait! It's incredible, so unique and beautiful!
An amazing supplement, I swear my plants smiled as I missed them.
My Novakii is so beautiful. Big and full of color. So healthy. I have wanted 1 of these for awhile and I am very glad to have waited and ordered from this company. fast shipping and plants arrived unharmed and healthy.
I’ve not ordered plants on line in the past but am thrilled with this guy. It’s even blooming and very healthy. I’ll certainly be a return buyer. Thank you!
I love this air plant. So surprised that it’s in bloom. I definitely will be a repeat buyer. Thanks for the great plants.
My orders continue to arrive in a very timely manner with the plants themselves in great shape.
I ordered a batch of tillandsias from Air Plant Design Studio several years ago when we lived in California and was happy with my order but when we moved to Houston on Thanksgiving, most of my poor air plants did NOT survive the move so I ordered a varied selection of air plants from Air Plant Design Studio again. This time, the selection and quality of plants was superb but unfortunately a couple air plants arrived with a broken or missing piece. I contacted them right away and was delighted to receive replacements very quickly and in the cutest box (with tissue paper inside!). It made my relocation to Houston less traumatic and I'll be ordering from Air Plant Design Studio again! BTW: Houston has native air plants (tillandsia recurvata) just hanging in clusters on the trees here!
One of my favorite smaller species, looks great in any terrarium & i am able to manipulate its positioning
to a accommodate all displays i have!
Arrived in perfect condition! Due to the stiff nature of this species leaves, they tend to break very easily with rough s&h. mine came wrapped and cushioned, plus this one had a pup!
Now a forever costumer, i have ordered a few aeroanthos’ that have all come perfect! the bloom is gorgeous
all your plants are wonderful and this one is no exception. I am enjoying
The plant was bigger than expected, I have it in white sand on my kitchen table and it seems to like it there.
The plant arrived well packed and in great condition. He is doing quite well at the moment
I am THRILLED with my air plants! All unique and even some flowering ones as well! I will be ordering again!
Wow! My plants were delivered, and the Tropiflora is stunningly beautiful! The colors of the short bud are exquisite. I love it! There was an issue with the tracking information updating, but I emailed, and Megan was super helpful and reassuring. My order arrived safely and on time, so all is well. Great customer service!
Received this beautiful Novakii tillandsia a couple days ago. came in secure packing and not a leaf was broken. Beautiful purple leaves and overall absolutely beautiful, will definitely purchase again in the future.
I just love these air plants. Great service and the name tags are a plus. They were healthy and the instructions really help too. I definitely recommend Air Plant Design Studio
I have fallen hard for this plant. Its quirky looks always making me smile!
This plant is gorgeous! I love the Red tips and the size. My first foray into air plants!
I couldn't resist buying the grab bag, especially when I saw the price. I was a little concerned with the journey they had to make from Florida to Washington state, but they all survived and have been enjoying their new home. There was one little odd looking one, but I hope with a little love and care it will turn into a pretty air plant. I'm looking forward to finding good spots for all of them soon!
Wonderful air plant that looks exactly like the picture. Easy to take care of, and looks great in its vase!
My plants were all in great shape and look wonderful in my kitchen! Good variety of types and sizes I was very pleased.
I needed plants to make my project complete with good color contrast and easy to care for plants. The Tectorum Ecuador Air plant was a great choice. The plants tolerate the West coast (SoCal) weather and are thriving where other plants I bought did not. With high humidity these plants are right at home and easy to care for.
This huge beauty was one of a 3 pack I purchased recently. I’ve given several of these as gifts and everyone loves them.
This is the first and last place I will shop for xerographica (and I don’t say that lightly).
Both plants arrived promptly and in good shape, after being sold at a reasonable price.
Plants and plant holders arrived safely. They are healthy and seem to be thriving now that they're home.
They are easy to take care of and both liven up and bring tranquility to a space.
Air plants would make great gifts for someone else or for yourself!
Mine looks just like the photo and is very healthy! I'm so happy with it!
This was my favorite plant I ordered! Nice size and looks great. Nice deep green color.
Plants were healthy and fresh. Quick delivery. Good packaging
I ordered 10 of these caput medusae and they were so beautiful. Some of the largest ones that I have seen. Some of them were bigger than the ones I already have in my collection. This was a very nice purchase and I can honestly say that these were better than expected.
Really nice assortment, good size and all in great shape.
I ordered this pack and was very happy so see the great variety of air plants that came. They shipped very quickly. I Live in California and they came a long way to get to me! Figuring out Christmas gifts for a large family is hard sometimes so this year I decided to make air plant terrariums. I absolutely love all of mine and they are so hardy. The plants I ordered are so beautiful and have made great little terrariums!
Love my new air plants. The quality was excellent. Arrived was quick. Best deal from other air plant companies. Thank you. I did have one plant come with brown spots hopefully the spots will go away.
I placed a last minute order for my baby shower and the order was fulfilled quickly. They really went above and beyond to make it easy for me and I’m so appreciative because I’m 7 months pregnant and everything is an effort and I get easily annoyed. It was nice for something to go so smoothly! Also, my guests loved the cute little air plants in pink sea urchins! Thank you!
When this air plant first arrived, it came perfectly undamaged. After a month of taking care of it, it finally bloomed this beautiful purple flower and turned into a fire red. I currently have two pups growing from the mother plant. An easy air plant for beginners and would def recommend.