Tillandsia Xerographica ‘Air Plant’


Tillandsia Xerographica or ‘Air Plants’ have become so trendy and we can see why! Their sculptural appearance and remarkably easy care make them a good choice for any plant lover, new or seasoned⁠

You can be like the plant-fluencers of today and group them in terrarium-like globes or simply place them on a book shelf to create some interesting contrast, but either way they live without the use of soil! Wait for them to dry out and then give them a good soak for a 15 minutes every 2-3 weeks (depending on your humidity levels) and repeat, that’s it! If that doesn’t say easy care plant perfect for a busy New Yorker, we don’t know what does!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Tillandsia Xerographica
  • Common Name(s): Air Plant
  • Family: Bromeliaceae
  • Native Range: Mexico, Guatemala 

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Bright indirect light to full sun (up to 6 hours)
  • Water: No soil! Soak completely every 2-3 weeks and allow to dry 
  • Humidity: Basic household humidity, if your home is drier it will need more frequent watering 
  • Temperature: 70-85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves.
  • Feeding: Not necessary
  • Propagation: Division of ‘pups’ that grow at their base 
  • Growth: Slow
  • Common Pests: mealy bugs & scale 
  • Toxicity: non-toxic