Deets: The king of air plants! Stiff, silver-green curly leaves and a rosette appearance makes Tillandsia xerographica one of the most popular (if not the most) air plant on the market. If you've never heard of air plants you've probably still seen one of these in a photo online or perhaps in that wedding or style magazine. These air plants can grow quite large (over 12 inches in diameter) and live a very long time.
Tillandsia air plants are part of the Bromeliad family and grow in South and Central America and southern parts of the United States. These plants do not need soil to grow and take in water and nutrients through their leaves while the roots act as wire-like anchors.
Name(s): 'Xerographica' Tillandsia; commonly known as King (or Queen!) Air Plant
Light: Tillandsia Xerographica sees at least 10 hours of light in the wild.
Air plants do best in bright, indirect light. Direct sun is not recommended as it can burn the leaves in hot summer months can burn its leaves. It’s best to place it near a south-facing window and provide partial shade if you notice wrinkled or withered leaves.
Being native to dry regions, Tillandsia Xerographica does not appreciate excess water. You will only need to water (light spray) every other day during summers and every 4 to 5 days a week in winters.
If the humidity is too low, mist them more often.
You can also water the plants by submerging them in a bowl of water every week or two in the summer and once a month in winter.
Be sure to shake the plants after watering them and allow them to dry so that no water pools between the leaves.
Grower: Beginners, Advanced, Expert; all types.
Pets: Non-Toxic to cats and dogs. To avoid the plant becoming a chew toy, best to keep out of reach of furry friends.