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Tillandsia aeranthos 5-10cm

Tillandsia aeranthos 5-10cm

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Plant Description

Tillandsia aeranthos, often celebrated for its vibrant flowers and ease of care, is a popular air plant native to the forests, mountains, and plains of South America. This species belongs to the Bromeliad family and thrives in a host-free environment, absorbing moisture and nutrients through its leaves from the air. Here’s a closer look at its characteristics and some tips on how to cultivate this stunning plant:


  • Appearance: Tillandsia aeranthos showcases a compact rosette of slender, silver-green leaves. The plant's structure allows it to capture and store water efficiently. When in bloom, it produces striking purple flowers that emerge from vibrant pink bracts, creating a striking contrast against its foliage.
  • Size: It's a relatively small species, typically growing to about 3-5 inches in height and width, making it perfect for tabletop displays, terrariums, or as part of a larger air plant arrangement.
  • Bloom Time: Blooming usually occurs once in the plant's lifetime, as it is monocarpic, but the vibrant display can last several weeks. After blooming, the plant will produce offsets, or "pups," ensuring its legacy.

Cultivation Tips

  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, while too little light will stunt growth and inhibit flowering. A location near a window that receives filtered sunlight is ideal.
  • Water: Despite being an air plant, Tillandsia aeranthos requires regular watering to thrive. Mist the plant 2-3 times a week, more frequently in hot, dry conditions, and less in cooler, humid climates. Allow the plant to dry fully between waterings to prevent rot.
  • Air Circulation: Good air circulation is crucial for preventing rot and promoting healthy growth. Ensure your Tillandsia aeranthos is placed in an area where air can freely circulate around it.
  • Temperature: Thrives in a wide range of temperatures, from 50 to 90°F (10 to 32°C), but should be protected from frost.
  • Fertilization: Apply a bromeliad or diluted houseplant fertilizer (at a quarter strength) once a month during the spring and summer. This will support growth and encourage blooming.

Propagating Tillandsia aeranthos is simple and rewarding. After flowering, wait for the pups to reach about one-third the size of the parent plant before gently separating them. With minimal requirements and striking aesthetics, Tillandsia aeranthos is an excellent choice for both novice and experienced plant enthusiasts looking to add a touch of nature to their indoor space

Pictures of this plant were taken on , please keep on mind that the plant may have grown since pictured.Also be aware that most plants change across seasons. If present foliage could have been fallen or change in its color.

Botanical family: Bromeliaceae

Botanical genus: Tillandsia

Botanical species: Tillandsia aeranthos


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