Bergeri Air Plant

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  • Fast Growing
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 2-5 inches
  • Pet Safe

Tillandsia bergeri is often referred to as the ‘Mad Pupper’. Unlike most air plants, Bergeri will produce pup offsets regularly during its life. These new, small plants can be left attached to the mother plant or separated when they are half the size of the main plant. The medium green color remains vibrant throughout all seasons, especially when grown in indirect bright light. Bergeri makes an excellent addition to a terrarium or can be grown on its own as an accent plant in a bathroom or other humid area.

Best Locations For Growing Bergeri Air Plant

Bergeri grows the fastest and healthiest when provided with a consistently humid environment. A bathroom is a perfect location, although misting every 2-3 days will provide enough humidity in a typically dry house environment. Air plants are perfect as an accent in just about any setting inside your home.

Bergeri Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

Air plants require indirect, bright light. For best exposure, try placing Bergeri on a wall adjacent to a sunny window or across from a window that faces south or west. Air plants can grow outside in bright or dappled shade during the summer. A full sun position outdoors will result in burnt leaves.

Bergeri Air Plant Care

No pots or soil are required for Air Plants to grow successfully. They are epiphytic plants that get all of their nutrients and moisture through modified leaf structures. The roots only serve to attach the plant to porous structures. 

Watering Bergeri Air Plant

Once a week, Bergeri Air Plant needs to be fully submerged in water for 10-20 minutes. Place the plant upside down on a towel to dry. Alternatively, misting the plant every 1-2 days will provide sufficient moisture and humidity. Do not use distilled water or softener-treated water. Collected rainwater is the best, followed by cool tap water left to sit for 24 hours to dissipate the chlorine.

Feeding Bergeri Air Plant

Air Plants can be fertilized once every 3-4 months if desired. Use a formulation for houseplants or a specialized Bromeliad fertilizer. Dissolve the fertilizer in water to replace one of the regular waterings. If using houseplant fertilizer, dilute it to ¼ of the recommended dosage. Bergeri Air Plant only blooms about once during its lifetime. This plant puts most of its energy into producing offsets. Fertilizing more than every 3 months will not produce more flowers.  

Bergeri Air Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium 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: Moderate
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 2-5 inches
Mature Spread: 4-6 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Shade/Description: Purple
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Gray-Green
Temperature: Above 45 °F (Above 7)
Common Name: Bergeri Air Plant
Other Name(s): Mad Pupper
Scientific Name: Tillandsia bergeri
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

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.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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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.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

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

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • 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.