- Unique Appearance
- Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
- Above Average Watering Needs
- No Soil Required
- Mature Height 4-8 Inches
- Pet Safe
Baileyi air plant, also known as the reflexed air plant, giant ball moss, or Bailey’s ball moss is native to Texas and Mexico. Its foliage is thin and pointed with a silver-green color. The tips of the wiry, twisted leaves can turn red with sun exposure and at flowering. At flowering, a blue flower appears from a pink floral bract. This species known botanically as Tillandsia baileyi has a clumping habit; in the wild it grows in large colonies.
Best Locations For Growing Baileyi Air Plant
The Baileyi air plant is not toxic to pets or humans, so it is an excellent option to add a spark of interest to any room with bright indirect light. Avoid placing the plant in cool or drafty areas like near vents or windows.
Baileyi Air Plant Sunlight Requirements
Position this air plant in bright indirect light or dappled shade. A windowsill with east or west sun exposure is a good option, or a few feet from a south-facing window would work.
Baileyi Air Plant Care
The Baileyi air plant is an epiphyte, requiring no soil because the leaves absorb water and nutrients; the roots are simply for anchoring the plant. Rather than planting it, you can set it among other plants, decorate with it, or keep it in a terrarium. The most important care aspect of the Baileyi air plant is frequent watering or keeping a high level of humidity around the plant.
Watering Baileyi Air Plant
This air plant grows best with frequent misting several times per week. Alternatively, dip the air plant briefly in water and then promptly shake off any excess water. If the plant dries out too much, submerge the plant for an hour to revive it. Avoid using softened water. In general, Baileyi air plants will require more supplemental moisture in hot, dry weather or when an air conditioner is running.
Feeding Baileyi Air Plant
Fertilize the Baileyi air plant once or twice monthly using a fertilizer labeled for orchids or air plants. If the plant is very dry, water it first and then dunk it in the fertilizer solution the following day.
Baileyi Air Plant Information
|Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light|
|Care Requirements: Easy|
|Watering Requirements: Above Average - Water-loving. Mist 3-4 times a week or soak twice a week.|
|Pet Friendly: Yes|
|Kid Friendly: Yes|
|Air Purifier: High|
|Growth Rate: Slow|
|Mature Height: 4-8 inches|
|Mature Spread: 2-5 inches|
|Flower Color(s): None|
|Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage|
|Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver|
|Foliage Description: Silver-Green|
|Temperature: 50° - °F (10° - 35°C)|
|Common Name: Baileyi Air Plant|
|Other Name(s): Bailey's Ball Moss|
|Scientific Name: Tillandsia baileyi|
|Plant Type: House Plant|
Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.