Clumps of Blooming Airplants

Tillandsia stricta “Green” is huge. And it has purple blooms! What more could you want? You could want for nothing more. I assure you.

People ask us how do you take care of airplants? And I tell them to keep them in bright indirect light, a little direct sun is OK but not too much. Mist 2-3 times per week, or dunk in water once per week – I usually run my under a faucet weekly and then shake it off. Always make sure they dry out within about 4 hours of watering them or they might rot. And finally you should add nutrients to the water once per month. We use an organic Liquid Seaweed at low strength.


Big Airplants


Tillandsia xerographica

Tillandsia xerographica

is a slow-growing, xerophytic epiphyte… making an attractive, sculptural rosette, 3 feet or more in diameter and over 3 feet high in flower…. The leaf bracts are rosy red; the floral bracts are chartreuse; and the petals of the tubular flowers are red to purple and are very long lasting…



Tillandsia juncea in a slightly artsy pose. With blooms!

Airplants and Terrariums

Angela has been busy making a beautiful wall of Airplants and Terrariums for you.

Airplant Wall

You like it! You really like it!

Now, can you name the species in the picture. There are literally, not just sort of, but literally, 49 species of Tillandsia in this one photo. You may want to click to embiggen to get in real close and see them all. Enjoy!

Blooming Airplants


Tillandsia didisticha is a Brazilian epiphyte in the Bromeliad family. These branched inflorescences are what we in the trade call, “stunning”.

However I warn you that they’re too big to put in a small terrarium, as much as you want to.



Tillandsia ionantha “Rubra”

I took this picture on Rikki’s back. She’s wearing a black hoodie! A very nice black backdrop.


And here’s some natural outdoor sunshine.

Planter by JFish, Jennifer Fisher Ceramics.

Airplant Secrets

The secret of how I display Airplants in my own home.


That’s Bob’s fish tank in the background. Bob; that is the fish is Bob.


It’s always interesting and exciting to find new places to stick and airplant. Like on a log!

tillandsia paucifolia guatemala

Tillandsia paucifolia “Guatemala”

Or in a handmade hanging ceramic tillandsia holder:

tillandsia ionantha rubra

Tillandsia ionantha rubra

And finally you can leave behind all the stuff and just admire the beauty of the airplant:

tillandsia harrissii

Tillandsia harrissii clump

The End of Tillandsia Weekend

It had to happen. We’ve run out of posts for this new holiday I invented, Tillandsia Weekend, so it’s a good thing it’s Sunday.

Tillandsia Silver Star

Tillandsia stricta “Silver Star” is the last one. THE LAST ONE! Clearly I saved the best one for last. You can thank me now, or come by the store and buy them all. Every last one of them. I would appreciate it if you did. I would.

Tillandsia Weekend All Weekend Long

OMG it’s already Sunday and it’s still Tillandsia Weekend around here at the Cactus Blog.

Tillandsia kolbii

Tillandsia kolbii is GORGEOUS! Pretty little thing. Still not as popular though as T. ionantha “Guatemala” which is similar looking but WAY more popular. LULZ!

I think I’m getting giddy from all these Airplants this weekend. GIDDY! ROTFL!

Tillandsia Saturday

Today is the 2nd day of our Tillandsia Weekend Holiday, so that makes it Tillandsia Saturday.

Tillandsia aeranthos bergeri

Tillandsia aeranthos x bergeri is a hybrid between two very different species. Can you guess what those two species are? I knew you could.

Tillandsia Weekend

I declare today to be the first day of a three day holiday to be known henceforth as Tillandsia Weekend. Come celebrate with me.

Tillandsia tenuifolia blue

First up is a bloomer. Tillandsia tenuifolia “Blue”. This is an easy one to grow and easy to get to bloom and its inexpensive too, so this would qualify as a starter Airplant. On the other hand the plant isn’t as pretty or unusual as some others. So that’s the choice you have to make.

Airplants for the Bay Area

I have finally gotten it all together and we now have a page for Airplants for the Bay Area.


Airplant Terrarium

It’s not a very complete page yet since I have lots of photos to take. It could take awhile to get the rest of the tillandsias photographed.

Tillandsia utriculata v. “Prengelii”

June 2023

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