How To Care For Air Plants Indoors

Do you want to grow plants without soil? Probably Tillandsia is the best known and most commonly grown air plant, and we will show you how to care for air plants indoors.

How To Care For Air Plants Indoors

Do you want to grow plants without soil? Probably Tillandsia is the best known and most commonly grown air plant, and we will show you how to care for air plants indoors.

What Are Air Plants?

Air plants, also known as Tillandsias, are some of the most fascinating plants in the world.

They don’t require any soil to grow and can be kept alive with just a little water and sunlight.

Tillandsia Xerographica, Tropical HouseplantAir plants are perfect for people who don’t have a lot of time to care for plants, or for those who live in an apartment with no outdoor space.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to care for air plants indoors.


Tillandsia is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae, native to the forests, mountains and deserts of northern Mexico and south-eastern United States, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to mid Argentina. Their leaves, more or less silvery in color, are covered with specialized cells (trichomes) capable of rapidly absorbing water that gathers on them.

Tillandsia has over 650 varieties but the two you are most likely to find are Tillandsia Ionantha and Tillandsia Xerographica.

Tillandsia ionantha are small plants a couple of inches tall with thin spiky leaves and bright-colored flowers.

While Tillandsia Xerographica has wider silvery leaves that curl downward in a ball shape. It can actually grow up to 3 feet.

We will cover everything from watering to light requirements to fertilizing.

So if you want to learn how to keep your air plants healthy and happy, keep reading!

How To Care For Air Plants Indoors

 Ionantha Air Plants Live TillandsiaOne of the most important things to remember when caring for air plants is that they need light.

However, direct sunlight can be harmful to air plants, so it’s important to find a spot in your home that gets bright indirect light.

How To Water Tillandsia Air Plants

 Another important thing to remember is that air plants need to be watered regularly.

The best way to water air plants is to soak them in a bowl of water for about 20 minutes, then allow them to dry out completely before putting them back in their pot or holder.

You will want to do this weekly

If your house is dry you can also mist your plants to give them some added humidity.

Air plants are used to getting rainwater and tap water can have chemicals like chlorine or chloramines in it.

Most city water now contains chloramines and it will not dissipate by letting the water stand overnight the way chlorine does.

If you don’t have rainwater putting an inexpensive water filter on your tap should do the trick.

Fertilizing Air Plants

Fertilizing air plants is also important, but you should only fertilize them every two weeks or so.

Use a diluted liquid fertilizer and add it to the water you soak them in.

Be sure to follow the directions on the fertilizer label, as too much fertilizer can harm air plants.

How To Pot Air Plants

Air plants are true epiphytes. They grow on trees and not in soil. So do not put them in any kind of soil.

There are many decorative ways to display Tillandsia plants. You can keep them in a bowl or even hang them up.

Putting them in glass balls is very popular but it’s a bad idea because it cuts off airflow and we already know air plants eat air.

Since you are going to be soaking them you want something you can easily take your plants out of.

If you want to soak them pot and all make sure you can drain all the water out afterward. Otherwise, they may rot.

Air Plant Temperature And Humidity

Air plants prefer temperatures between 68-82 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are comfortable chances are your air plants are too.

They can tolerate brief periods of colder or hotter temperatures, but prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures will damage the plant.

Don’t let temperatures drop below 50° because these are tropical plants after all.

Air plants prefer humidity levels between 40-60%.

Propagating Tillandsia

Propagating tillandsia is a great way to create new plants without having to purchase them.

Your mother plant will die after flowering so you will want to remove the pups to keep growing your air plant.

Simply remove offsets or pups from the mother plant and replant them in their own pot or container filled with a well-draining growing media.

Once replanted, keep the offsets in a bright, indirect light location and water regularly. With a little bit of care, your new air plants will thrive! 

How To Care For Air Plants Indoors Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to care for air plants indoors, all you need to do is put these tips into action! With a little bit of care, your air plants will thrive and you can enjoy their beauty for years to come. Thanks for reading!