When it comes to air plants, the Tillandsia xerographica reigns supreme. Known for its low-maintenance care and with large, silvery leaves that curl inward to form an almost spherical shape, it's clear why such a striking air plant has become a popular favorite among plant enthusiasts everywhere. The Tillandsia xerographica is native to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, and it is in these locations that it can be found nestled among tree branches, thriving and growing without the need for soil. In general, air plants need considerably less water than other house plants and for the most part will be content with occasional mistings, with a proper watering once to twice a month. Place your Tillandsia xerographica where it can receive bright, indirect light.
The Tillandsia xerographica, like all air plants, does not require a lot of water to thrive in your home. In its natural habitat, this air plant absorbs dew and other moisture from the air to keep itself alive. Mist your Tillandsia every so often, but at least once a month you should soak it in a bowl of lukewarm water, submerging the entire air plant for about 20 minutes. Once done, shake off any excess water that may have gotten trapped in some of the leaf crevices, and then lay it upside down on a towel until the plant is completely dry. If you live in an arid climate, or if the air in your house isn't very humid, you may have to soak your air plant twice a month for best results. As far as light goes, most air plants like bright, indirect light, but the Tillandsia xerographica can withstand direct sunlight unlike most of its shade-loving cousins. Be careful though, as too much direct sun, namely harsh, afternoon sun in summer, can burn the plant's leaves if exposed too long.
Primary Color: Silver-green
Bloom: Once a lifetime, produces lilac flowers
Cold-hardiness: Zones 9 and 11
Light: Bright, indirect light, some direct light
Growth/Shape: Leaves curl inwards to form a spherical shape
Special characteristics: King of air plants, only blooms once in a lifetime under right conditions
Pet safe: Yes