Best Types Of Air Plants For Growing At Home

Woman Holding A Bowl Of Air Plants With Both Hands

Are you new to gardening and want to add some easy-to-care plants to your indoor connection? If you think you are still in the learning phase or just looking for a natural look to your interior, air plants are a good choice.

Air plants are also known as Tillandsias. They come in various shapes and sizes. One of the most unique attributes of these plants is their varying size. From Ionanthan Mexican that is of a size of a thumbnail to Xerographicas which is as large as a beach ball, you will find all sizes of air plants.

10 Best Air Plants for Indoors

In this article, we will share the 10 best types of air plants that you can grow at home. Let’s start:

1.    Tillandsia lonantha Mexican

The average height of this plant is 1 - 2 inches. It is the hardiest of all lonanthas you’ll found. Ionantha Mexican produces beautiful orange and red blooms. While they start to grow, they form tight clusters. They love sunlight, therefore, for a healthy plant, you need to keep it at a place that receives a good amount of light. They are easy to care for. Soaking them once a week or fortnightly is enough.

2.    Tillandsia cyanea

Another name of this beauty is the pink quill plant. The pink bracts look like feathers with stunning purple flowers coming out the sides. Unlike other air plants, you can easily grow this air plant in soil, even though they are absolutely happy without it if you give them plenty of moisture. Usually, the height of this plant is from 8 to 12 inches.

3.    Tillandsia scaposa

Many people know this plant as Kolbii. It grows tall in a tight cluster in an upright direction. At a first glance, it looks like a bunch of celery standing high. This air plant is small in size and you will notice a gray fuzz on its leaves. This gray fuzz is especially visible when they turn pink before blooming. Mostly, these plants grow from 2 to 5 inches.

4.    Tillandsia bulbosa

This air plant got this name because of its bulbous roots. It has contorted narrow leaves that make it very interesting. Many people describe the leaves of this plant as tentacles because of their shape. When the plant is ready to bloom, its leaves change to red or purple. In most cases, the plant does not grow more than 7 inches tall.

5.    Tillandsia aeranthos bergeri

This is one of the most popular air plants many people like to grow at home. It is more popular by its fun name that is Mad Pupper. It blooms every spring with blue and spiky pink blossoms. This air plant does not need much care. Just like many other air plants, it prefers indirect sunlight and also enjoys fluorescent light. Its height is between 6 to 10 inches.

6.    Tillandsia brachycaulos

The leaves of this plant fan out from a single point of growth. It is a beautiful plant and its leaves turn red just before it’s ready to bloom. This is comparatively a small plant, not more than 3 inches tall and 4 inches wide. However, some cultivars are larger.

7.    Tillandsia cacticola

This air plant is not common like others. It does not produce many offsets, and therefore, it is hard to find them in cultivation. What makes this plant special and loveable is its lavender flowers. The rosette of leaves this plant has are silvery-green and has a long stem holding its flower about 8 to 9 inches above the plant.

8.    Tillandsia loliacea

If you like miniature air plants, this is the best one to grow at home. This plant doesn’t grow taller than 1 ½ inch, however, its stalk with flower grows up to 2 - 3 inches in height with beautiful yellow flowers at the top.

9.    Tillandsia Cotton Candy

This air plant is a hybrid of Tillandsia recurvifolia and Tillandsia stricta. Thin and long silvery leaves grow on this plant that look like a spider dahlia. It is popular for its pink flowers. If you want your plant to flower at its best, you need to place it at a place where it receives bright light.

10. Tillandsia fuchsii

Previously, this plant was known as Tillandsia argentiea. This plant has a bulbous base with extremely thin leaves with gray-green leaves. Its gracilis variety is delicate in nature and does not grow more than 5 to 6 inches.

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