Tillandsia have leaves coated in specialised water-absorbent cells called trichomes which in some species are so dense they give the plants a silvery, frosted appearance. The trichomes are their primary method of obtaining moisture from rainfall or fog, so when they are kept inside they need misted every few days.
Please read the "Care for your air plants" and "Watering and Feeding" section, and read on the internet more details about each plant, as care can be different, depending on which Tillansia variety you have.
Exotic shell - note a small hole in the shell, but beautiful nevertheless.
Dimensions without the plant: Length 5.5 cm; Width 3.5 cm; Height 2.5 cm
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The most important considerations when displaying airplants are their requirements for air, light, water and warmth. Plants can be kept outside in the summer in the UK to benefit from the brighter conditions, rainfall and increased humidity, but bring them indoors in early autumn.
Airplants need good airflow to thrive. It is therefore very important to provide a well-ventilated position for plants to remain healthy.
Tillandsia enjoy bright but diffused light, so provide light shade from direct sunshine, particularly under glass. A south-facing window behind a net curtain is an ideal position.
Immerse plants in rainwater once a week, depending on the temperature and humidity, allowing them to dry off in between. Fertilise them from time to time with Orchid feed. Plants can occasionally be left to soak overnight in water to which some fertiliser suitable for orchids has been added. This will ensure they are fully hydrated and able to absorb the fertiliser.
Avoid using tapwater especially in hard water areas as the deposits from it can preventing the Tillandsia from absorbing moisture and nutrients.
Mist plants in-between immersing them can help to prevent dehydration in warm conditions.
Avoid watering plants if temperatures drop to 12ºC (54ºF) as they can remain wet for too long. Tillandsia will not tolerate being kept in water for longer periods or being kept continuously wet.
Allowing plants to dry off facing downwards to allow water to drain out of the centre or crown of the plant, or gently shaken after watering to dislodge any water droplets.