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PlantFiles: Air Plant
Tillandsia bulbosa

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tillandsia (til-LAND-see-uh) (Info)
Species: bulbosa (bul-BOH-suh) (Info)

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral zizzy5 On Feb 5, 2007, zizzy5 from Sacramento, CA wrote:

I bought this plant in a little store in San Francisco, CA. The paper I got with it stated:

"It survives by absorbing nutrients though its leaves and thrives on fresh air, good light, and humidity.

" INDOOR CARE--- Place your air plant where it will get pleny of indirect natural light and air circulation. Mist the plant every few days or submerge in room temperature water for a few minutes every week.

"OUTDOOR CARE --- Air plants respond well in a patio setting with filtered sunlight. Temperature is not a problem unless it gets very hot or approaches freezing. Be gernerous with water if the environment is hot and dry. With adequate care your Air Plant will blossom once a year. After flowering, it will produce baby plants called 'pups'."

Hope this helps!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California
Castro Valley, California
Vista, California
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Deland, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Port Richey, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Richmond, Texas

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