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Tillandsia - Epiphyte 'Air Plant'

Tillandsia - Epiphyte 'Air Plant'

Common name: Air plant

Scientific name: Tillandsia sp.


Description: evergreen perennials with varying shapes of leaves, but most often are long, spine-like and have a fuzzy appearance caused by a coating of specialised cells call trichomes. These cells help the plant absorb water and nutrients from the air, giving these plants their name. Air plants can be found in both dry and humid environments, making them extremely versatile and hardy as vivarium plants. These can be attached to branches, logs and stones in desert and rainforest set-ups to either create ground cover or replicate an arboreal habitat. Each plant will flower once within its lifetime and die back, leaving behind many flowers that will become ‘pups’, which will grow into whole new air plants! Air plants should be soaked 2-3 times per week in the evening with filtered water, but this can be adjusted to suit the plants environment; more often in a hot, dry environment and less often in a cooler, humid one. Ensure the plant can dry within 3 hours after being watered for sufficient water uptake and never leave the plant submerged in water or soil, as this will just rot the plant. In general, if each leaf is looking more concave and sunken in appearance, then it is a good time to water your air plant. We highly suggest pairing air plants with desert and tropical tarantula species, mantids and beetles.


  • Place of origin: Central America, South America
  • Type: evergreen epiphyte
  • Habitat: variable
  • Humidity: tolerates a range in humidity
  • Lighting: bright, indirect light
  • Temperature: tolerates a range, 10-30˚C
  • Watering: variable
  • Soil: N/A
  • Growth rate: slow


Please note: live plants may vary in size and colour to the ones pictured here. Approx. 30cm long.

  • Our shipping rates are determined by the total weight of your cart at checkout.

    The shipping bands are:

  • 0-1kg - £4.99

  • 1-2kg - £5.99

  • 2-10kg - £7.99

  • 10kg+ - £9.99


  • We almost always choose a postage option which should deliver in 1 or 2 days, especially if the order includes live inverts or plants to ensure they arrive as fast as possible to avoid stressing anything too much, protecting the critters' welfare as well as protecting your purchase.


  • Royal Mail Tracked 24 is what we've used most frequently for orders including live inverts and 9 times out of 10 will deliver the day after dispatch. First Class and Signed for First Class are sometimes used and 1pm Next-day Special Delivery is an option at checkout if you want a guaranteed arrival.


  • A different delivery service such as Yodel is only used if the parcel dimensions happen to exceed the Royal Mail limits for that size bracket (eg awkward size/shape hardscape branches).


  • All our orders are sent out using recyclable materials and reused boxes and packaging, plus we try to avoid single use plastics if we can.​​


  • If you have any concerns, questions or requests regarding shipping please don't hesitate to get in contact


  • An email will be sent to you confirming when the package will be posted and detailing any steps needed to be taken to ensure the health of any critters on arrival (instructions on slowly getting inverts warmed up again etc). We will also contact you to discuss any posting worries such as weather conditions or industrial strikes which may affect transit time


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