Tillandsia, also known as air plants, are low maintenance plants. These little guys are epiphytic which means, they do not require soil to grow. Soil can actually kill them! Moderate light, a good soaking every week and clean air circulation are all they need.
We recommend that you keep your air plants in a place where they will get bright, indirect sunlight. They prefer being in a sunny room, approximately six feet from a window. Direct sunlight will damage these little guys! If sunlight is not available, artificial light such as fluorescent, halogen and grow lights work as well.
As far as watering goes, we suggest that you water your little guy once a week. The best way to do this is completely submerge him upside down in water and let him soak for 45-60 minutes. Be sure to be extra careful if he is blooming! Shake him off when he’s done to remove any excess water and then let him air dry upside down for four hours before putting him back in his home. If you see that his leaves are softer and lighter than usual or that the leaves become wrinkled or rolled, this is a sign that he is thirsty so give him some water.
Tillys can actually survive in temperatures between thirty four and one hundred and ten degrees Fahrenheit. However, these plants will do best in warm conditions, ranging from fifty to ninety degrees Fahrenheit.
You might need to groom your Tilly from time to time. It is normal for some of the lower leaves to dry out as this little guy grows and especially as they are getting acclimated to their new environment. In order to keep him looking quirky and handsome, remove any dead leaves by gently pulling towards the base to remove them. Feel free to take your scissors and clip off any brown tips as well. Always cut diagonally! If your little guy decides to grow out his roots, these can be trimmed as well.
As your Tilly begins to mature, it will produce little guys known as pups. There are two ways that you can handle this. One way is to leave the pups alone and let them all clump together. The second way is to remove the pup once it reaches to measure about a third of the size of its parent.