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The 3 pillars of Tillandisa Air Quality: Circulation, Humidity & Temperature

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Air Plant Air Quality

You may have heard of the song by the Hollies with the lyrics: all I need is the air that you breathe. While it may be tempting to apply those same principles to the care of air plants, the results won’t be thriving air plants. When caring for air plants in terms of air quality there are 3 considerations: air circulation, humidity and temperature.

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Air Circulation

Air circulation is important to the health of your air plants. That’s why enclosed terrariums aren’t the best option for your air plants. Fans are fine as long as your air plants aren’t directly in the fan’s line of fire. Avoid heating and cooling vents. Just being out in the open air of your home provides adequate air circulation for your air plants.


Moderate humidity levels are optimal for air plants. If you live in an arid climate, you may want to consider investing in a humidifier. Since I live in the desert, I use a humidifier. I set the humidifier to its lowest setting and refill the tank about once a week. Be careful not to crank up the humidifier to the point that you start to grow mold.

Humidity levels will also determine how often you water your air plants  and for how long you soak them. If you it’s humid where you live, you’ll need to water less frequently than those who life in a dry climate.


If you grow your air plants indoors, then you won’t have anything to worry about. Normal home temperatures are just right for your Tillandsias. Just as you should avoid heating and cooling vents, take care that your air plants aren’t too close to a cold window in the winter.

If you live in a temperate climate and want to grow air plants outdoors beware of extreme temperature, both hot and cold. Keep your plants between 50 and 90º Fahrenheit (10-32º C). 

When growing Tillandsias outdoors, keep an eye on the temperature during the summer. If it is above 90° keep your air plants well hydrated by spraying them off with the hose at least once daily. If it’s hot and windy, you may need to spray them off several times a day.

Avoid freezing temperatures completely. If you’ve left your air plants out overnight and it frosted you’ll know it because they will turn black and mushy. There is no saving an air plant if it’s been nipped with frost. Keeping air plants above 50º is recommended.

Air Plants Are Adaptable

Use care and your air plants will be fine. Tillandsias can adapt to less than optimal surraoundings. The key is not to shock them with vacillating environmental conditions. Although you may not live in a climate native to your air plants’ habitat, it is most likely that they will adapt. Do your best to provide good air quality for your air plants and success will follow.

  1. Shan says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for your wonderful 8 days of information for air plants. I never even heard of an air plant until a friend of mine recently gave me one. She also set me up to receive your 8 days of tips and tricks. I am so intrigued by this adorable, strange little plant! I so hope I don’t kill it, but with your help, I think I’ll succeed. Thank you again SO MUCH!

    1. Anna says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words – they mean a lot! I am glad you’ve found my 8 days of air plant tips helpful. I have confidence in your ability to care for your air plant!

  2. Cindy sherman says:

    I’m so happy I found ur page I luv the 8 day air tips u sent. I’m new to these plants and I really want to learn more so I don’t kill them. Thank you again

    1. Anna says:

      I am so glad you found Modern Air Plants as well! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

  3. Katarina Dancer says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and providing these tips.


    1. Anna says:

      Thank you for your kind words! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions about your air plants.
      Have a lovely day,

  4. Mariet says:

    Anna your tips on Tillandsias were so helpful. I shared it with some friends and we are all so terribly thankfull. I really appreciate it. Thanks to you my airplants will grow much better.

    Please tell me why are some Bromeliads and Tillandsias planted in soil and others not? How do you know the difference?

    1. Anna says:

      Thanks for spreading the word about Modern Air Plants.

      Tillandsias are in the Bromeliad family, but tillandsia receive their nutrients and water through their leaves and don’t require soil. Bromeliads, have roots and absorb moisture and nutrients through their roots.

      Have a great day,

  5. Raol Chatrapal says:

    Anna I am a doctor child sp but after going through your tips for growing air plants i have become an air plant dr too I am very fond of tillandias and have a small collection of 15 plants our area is dry and hot but i am baffled about spanish moss watering i water them every day with soak for 20 mts still they always appear thirsty and grey any tips?

    1. Anna says:

      Congratulations on your air plant collection! About your Spanish moss, try using non-chlorinated water and see if that helps. Or, let your tap water sit out for a few days before watering your moss. Wait to water until the moss has dried completely before watering again.
      Best wishes,

  6. Rangi Young says:

    Hi Anna,
    THANKS so much for your wealth of knowledge will take on board all your tips. ????

    1. Anna says:

      Thank YOU for your kind words!


  7. Marina Wilson says:

    This info has been helpful and has given me a better understanding of growing air plants

    1. Anna says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

  8. Pamela says:

    Thank you so much for all this information. I’ve looked forward to reading my emails each evening. I love all plants (except weeds!) and have recently become fascinated with Air Plants. I’m excited about working with them now and want to buy a variety.
    Thank you!

    1. Anna says:

      You are welcome. I am so happy you have found this information helpful! Air plants are truly fascinating – and easy to care for. I especially love their display versatility. Enjoy your air plants!

  9. Deb says:

    Luv all the info. I just got my first air Plant

    1. Anna says:

      Congratulations! Air plants are so much fun and easy to care for!
      I’m so happy you found my site.

  10. Geraldine says:

    Thank you Anna for all the great advice. You answered many of my questions. I just love my air plants.

    1. Anna says:

      I’m so happy I could help. Let me know if I can help with any more questions.

  11. Patricia says:

    Hi Anna, thank you for all the info. I recently got an air plant from my son and needed to learn how to take care of it.

    1. Anna says:

      What a wonderful son! Enjoy your air plant. Let me know if you have any questions about caring for your plant.

  12. sandra says:

    Thanks so much for all the great info. I’m going to apply them all to my air plant collection. I love challenges!

    1. Anna says:

      You’re welcome Sandra! Proper air plant care will definitely enhance your experience!
      Let me know if you have any questions!

  13. Andy says:

    Thank you, Anna, for all the detailed information. I also enjoyed the photos and links you provided.

    1. Anna says:

      Reach out to me anytime if you have any questions about your air plants!

  14. Janice M Amos says:

    Hi Anna. I appreciate all your airplant advice. Is it okay to recycle the purified water that I use a few times for giving my plants their soak? Thanks again

  15. Amelia says:

    Thank you Anna for all the fantastic tips in caring for air plants.
    I have a question, that is how should I trim off the spent flowers? Or should the dead flowers be left on and eventually they drop off naturally?

    Thank you.

    1. Anna says:

      Either way is fine. Sometimes I leave the flower on just so I know which air plant should be creating on off-set. That way I can better track of that air plant. Other times, if the flower is looking spent, I snip it off. It’s a personal preference, no right or wrong.
      Thanks for your question!

  16. Melania dmingo says:

    I like all the tips . They all sound logical

    1. Anna says:

      Thank you Melania! And, they really work too!
      Thanks for taking the time to drop me a line!

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