This species of air plant has long flat leaves unlike its curly cousins,
Light: Air plants like high levels of light, indirect light is always best as the sun's rays are intensified when they pass through glass which can be harmful to plants. Early morning or late afternoon sun will be fine as it's not as strong as midday sun.
Water: Rather that watering air plants, misting is advised. Preferably use rain water as it doesn't have chlorine like tap water does. Don't allow water to sit between the leaves and this can encourage rotting. A fine mist should be sprayed upwards and allowed to settle on the plant rather than spraying directly onto the plant.
Temperature: Room temperature is ideal, avoid fluctuations that arise from draughts and intermittent heat sources.
Humidity: High levels of humidity are essential hence the need to mist the plant as it isn't watered in the conventional way. Good air flow is also required to enable the plant to dry, left too wet, rot will be encouraged.
Feed: Ideally a fertiliser solution that can be sprayed over the plants should be used. A specific fertiliser for tillandsias or dilute a standard indoor plant fertiliser solution at least four times with rain water before misting plant. Only feed during the warmer growing months, typically April to September. Evening feeding seems to yield better results.
Care tips: Toxic if ingested to both humans and pets. As these plants don't need the traditional substrate you can be quite creative with displaying them.
Height & Growth rate: Slow growing, can attain a height up to 24 inches.
Origin: Central & South America.