Tillandsias are very hardy, and require much less attention than other house plants. But do protect them from frosts. Three most important requirements are bright light (not direct sun), good air circulation and water. They are the largest genus in the bromeliad family, and are native to the warmer climates of the Americas. Most commonly known as air plants, most Tillandsia species use their root systems to attach themselves to trees or rocks and absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves. Classified as epiphytes. Absorption occurs through small scales on their leaves called trichomes; this is why air plants have that silver or gray appearance. Most of the varieties will go through a color change when they prepare to bloom.

Optimum temperature range is 50° – 90° F.

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