An oversized air plant is a type of epiphyte, meaning it grows on other plants rather than in soil. These plants do not require soil to grow because they absorb nutrients and moisture from the air and rainfall. They come in many varieties and can grow large that exceed 6-8 inches in height or diameter.
What is A “Large Air Plant” Like To Me?
When it comes to defining a large air plant, it’s subjective and can vary from person to person. For me, a large air plant stands out because of its size. It’s like having a plant that grabs your attention beyond the average. Consider an air plant as significant if it’s bigger than the typical ones. The number for me is if an air plant grows above the 6-8 inches high/wide range, it’s significant.
For some people, a large air plant may be defined by its physical measurements, such as having a diameter or height exceeding a certain threshold, like 8 inches or more. Others may consider an air plant significant based on its growth rate or ability to fill out and occupy significant space. It could have a broader or taller shape or a presence that makes it feel substantial. Ultimately, it’s about what you perceive as significant when seeing an air plant.
Below, I will write about air plants that can grow that big.
6 Air Plants That Can Grow Large
Several types of air plants can grow to be quite large. For short, I can name:
- Tillandsia Xerographica
- Tillandsia Duratii
- Tillandsia Fasciculata
- Tillandsia Streptophylla
- Tillandsia Brachycaulos ‘Gigante‘
- Tillandsia Pseudobaileyi
#1. Tillandsia Xerographica
This air plant has a unique shape with thick, silver-gray leaves that curl and twist. Its relatively slow growth rate allows it to develop into a large rosette over time. The plant’s longevity also contributes to its potential size, as it can grow and expand for several years.
#2. Tillandsia Duratii
With its trailing growth habit, Tillandsia Duratii can grow up to 2 feet long. Its long, slender leaves extend outward, allowing it to sprawl and reach larger sizes. It has a remarkable ability to attach itself to various surfaces, which enables it to spread out and maximize its growth potential.
#3. Tillandsia Fasciculata
The Tillandsia Fasciculata species can reach impressive sizes, growing up to a foot or more in height and width. This air plant features a sturdy stem capable of supporting multiple long leaves. Its hardy nature and adaptability to diverse environments increase its potential for considerable growth.
#4. Tillandsia Streptophylla
Known as the “Queen” of air plants, Tillandsia Streptophylla can develop into a large size, often exceeding a foot in diameter. Its unique characteristic of curly leaves, which resemble sea creature tentacles, contributes to its more prominent appearance. As the plant matures, the curled leaves grow longer and broader, adding to its overall size.
#5. Tillandsia Brachycaulos ‘Gigante’
This particular air plant species can grow very large, with some reaching widths of up to 24 inches. Its broad and flexible leaves allow it to attain significant dimensions. Tillandsia Brachycaulos Gigante is also known for its hardiness and ability to thrive in various environments, supporting its growth potential.
#6. Tillandsia Pseudobaileyi
With its vertical growth pattern and long, slender leaves, Tillandsia Pseudobaileyi can achieve a substantial height of up to 16 inches. The plant’s elongated foliage contributes to its more prominent appearance, making it an eye-catching addition to any air plant collection.
Is Caring for Large Air Plants Different?
No. Large air plants have the exact basic care requirements as their smaller counterparts. They need indirect light and should be soaked weekly for at least 30 minutes. After soaking, shake off any excess water and let them air dry before placing them back in their spot. If your air plant is dry, you may need to mist it with water once or twice a week.
One thing to remember when caring for large air plants is that they can be heavy, so you’ll want to ensure they are securely mounted. You can mount them on a piece of driftwood, a rock, or any other decorative item you like.
Note: The size of an air plant can also be influenced by its growing conditions. Providing adequate light, air circulation, and moisture can help it reach its full-size potential.
Large air plants add a completely different aspect to any home. With the proper care, your large air plant can become a stunning centerpiece. Is there a large Tillandsia I missed above? Let me know in the comment section 🙂
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Richard | Editor-in-chief at Succulent City
Hey everyone! I’m Richard. Welcome to my blog, which is all about succulents, cacti, and a bit about air plants. Ten years back, in 2013, I began my journey with succulents. It started as a simple hobby, crafting and selling charming succulent-themed pins and decorations. But as time passed, my fascination with these remarkable plants grew, and I gained extensive knowledge about them. Therefore, Succulent City is the blog as you see it is now. Enjoy your visit and happly planting!