Air Plant Harrisii Medium

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Air Plant Harrisii Medium is available to buy in increments of 1


The name ‘air plants’ is the common name for bromeliads of the Tillandsia genus. From the central USA to Central America and throughout South America, over 500 species of Tillandsia grow in a wide range of habitats. The majority of Tillandsia species are epiphytes. Epiphytes absorb moisture and nutrients from their fuzzy foliage and the roots are used primarily to provide support for the plant. Epiphytes are not parasites, as host plants and trees merely provide support, not sustenance.



  • LIGHT:  Bright diffused sunlight for a majority of the day (over six hours). Filtered sunlight through a south or east facing window is ideal. Even in northern regions, tillandsias can scorch if the plants are exposed to direct mid-day sunlight, particularly during the summer months. Tillandsias grown in glass terrariums are especially susceptible to sun damage, as curved glass can concentrate the sunrays and burn the plants. Tillandsias can also be cultivated under bright artificial lights, such as LED or florescent lighting.


  • WATER: The watering schedule for tillandsias may vary throughout the year. Air plants appreciate misting up to three times a week.  Certain varieties (usually the green, broader leaves) can be submerged in water for 15 minute every seven to ten days.  In Edmonton our winters can be quite dry and submersion should be done as well as misting. Filtered water, or reverse osmosis water are also preferred water sources. During and after watering, remove any trapped water inside the base of the plant, as to prevent crown rot.


  • TEMPERATURE: Tillandsias should be not exposed to temperatures below freezing or above 35°C.
Harrisii are what we call "the easiest air plant" around here. With the exception of Xerographica, this is considered one of the hardiest air plants. This is a firm leafed plant, abundant in trichomes, and can withstand high light conditions. Harrisii prefer typical air plant care: regular waterings, good air circulation, and monthly fertilization. When Harrisii bloom, they produce an amazing red inflorescence with purple flowers. This is a stark contrast against the typical grey-green leaves that the T. Harrisii has.
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