Known as the king of the air plants, this is a larger species but still has the common traits of the air plant family.
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, avoiding fluctuations that will arise from draughts and intermittent heat sources.
Humidity: Air plants like high humidity hence the need to mist them as this is how they absorb water rather than the traditional method of watering. 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 use fertiliser in the warmer growing months, April to September. Evening feeding seems to yield better results.
Care tips: This plant is classed as toxic to humans and animals. As this plant doesn't need a substrate there are many interesting ways it can be displayed, simply place it onto a rock or branch or use any suitable receptacle such as a tea cup or small vase.
Height & Growth rate: Slow growing but this bigger species can reach 35 inches across and 15 to 16 inches high.
Origin: Central & South America