Tillandsia Bulbosa (Bulbous Airplant)

$25.00 incl. GST
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Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 25-28cm

Plant comes with a metal hanger

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  • Tillandsia, aka Air Plants, take on many different shapes and sizes depending on their species.
  • Of all Tillandsia species, the bulbosa varieties are notable for their unique, other-worldly look.
  • It often resembling sea creatures with their bulbous bases and tentacle-like leaves.
  • They pair well with other air plants by creating a bit of contrast to any arrangement. 
  • The Tillandsia bulbosa is indigenous to numerous regions of the world including southern Mexico, the West Indies, South America, and even southern Florida.
  • In the wild, these plants can be found attached to branches in low lying forests, in mangrove thickets along the coast, and nestled amongst rocks on cliffs.
  • The leaves of the bulbosa are narrow and curled in at the edges which create a tubular, straw-like shape.
  • These grow twisted and contorted which gives them their tentacle-like appearance.
  • As they mature, the leaves will blush a deep purple and red before the plant blooms.
  • Their bulbous bases, which are mostly hollow, often serve as homes for ant colonies - so it isn't uncommon to find ants in these plants if they are left outside.
  • The plant benefits from this relationship as the ants provide fertilization in the form of their detritus and waste.


  • Does not require soil.


  • Use a bromeliad mix (air plants are in the bromeliad family).
  • Don’t overdo it—plants can burn from too much fertilizer.


  • Bright filtered or indirect light is ideal for indoor air plants.
  • Some direct sun works, too (morning is better), but they shouldn’t be baking all day.
  • Think “rainforest” and do your best to reproduce those conditions in a small space.


  • Every one to two weeks, soak your air plant in room temperature tap water (or rain/pond water if you can find it) for 5-10 minutes.
  • After soaking gently shake excess water from your plant.
  • Turn it upside down and place it on a towel in a bright space.
  • Air plants will quickly rot if they are allowed to stand in excess water.
  • From the time soaking ends, the plant should be able to dry fully in no more than 3 hours.
  • If your plant stays wet longer than this, it may rot.
  • Try placing it in a brighter place with more air circulation to facilitate faster drying.
  • 1-3 hours is the optimal drying time for your air plant after soaking.
  • Once a week, mist your plant thoroughly so that the entire surface of the plant is moistened (but not so much that there is water dripping down into the plant).
  • The hotter and dryer the air (summer, early fall) the more you need to water.
  • The cooler and more humid the air (winter and spring) the less water your air plant will need.
  • Do all watering in the morning.
  • Evening soaking or misting disrupts the plant's ability to respire overnight and extends drying time.


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