A little bit about Tillandsia (air plants)

Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants belong to the Bromeliad family, and like many others in this family, air plants are epiphytes, growing on the side of tress and other neighbouring plants.  Their leaves are especially adapted to absorb all the plant needs from all the surrounds them (light, water and air), rather than drawing up water and nutrients from the soil by their roots.  Their ability to survive without soil makes them the perfect partner for the novice plant collector and urban dwellers.

With this in mind, our range of Tillandsia available at our Hackney shop, have been chosen for their light and watering requirements.


Most species of air plants require bright, indirect light, meaning they’re quite happy in most places throughout your home.  Do be aware that by placing them somewhere where they’ll receive direct light will cause scorching and irreversible damage, furthermore they won’t thrive in really dark spots (all plants need light to grow and survive) but, this can be supplemented by using a fluorescent light for up to twelve hours a day.


Air plants are quite happy between 10- 30.C, but we aware that if your plant is in a particularly warm room (or it’s summer) you will need to increase how often you water or mist your air plants so that they don’t dry out.  Like with most plants, keep your air plants away from drafts and extreme temperature fluctuations as this can shock the plant, causing serious damage.


The most effective way to water your air plants is by plunging them in room temperature water, allowing them to soak in filtered (or rain) water for roughly two hours.  This should be done between once a week and a fortnight and supplemented by misting regularly.  The best indicator of when your plant does need watering is by checking its leaves.  If they’re looking dry give it a dunk, but be sure to not leave too long of a period in between watering as you may not be able to revive them.

nce you’ve finished soaking or misting your plants, be sure to blot or gently shake off any excess water before putting them back into their positions.  Failure to do so can cause the leaves to rot.


It’s good to remember:
It’s normal for your plant to shed its older leaves.  You can help prune your plant by gently pulling downwards on the leaves.

Curling leaves is a sign of dehydrations and that you need to revaluate your watering routine.

Brown patches- uh, oh… rot.  Sadly, there isn’t anything you can do to reverse this.  But, you can learn from this, and we’ve all been there.