Brachycaulos Air Plant

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  • Blooms Regularly
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 5 inches
  • Pet Safe

Brachycaulos Air Plant has unique leaves that change color depending on whether it is in bloom. While in bloom, the leaves change to a deep red as the flower matures and eventually dies. After blooming, the leaves will change back to a medium green color. Brachycaulos Air Plant is a slow grower that looks great in a terrarium or as part of an indoor floral display. The only maintenance required is watering once a week.

Best Locations For Growing Brachycaulos Air Plant

Air Plants can be grown in just about any room of the house. Temperature requirements are 50 - 80 degrees F, and Brachycaulos Air Plants can be grown outdoors on a patio or deck during the summer. The smaller size of the Brachycaulos Air Plant makes it an excellent addition to a reptile tank or terrarium.

Brachycaulos Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

Brachycaulos can grow well in bright and shaded positions, although bright indirect light will help this Air Plant maintain its brilliant color while blooming. Brachycaulos can be grown outdoors during the summer as long as the nighttime temperature is above 50 F. Place this plant out of direct full sun while outdoors. Brachycaulos quickly burns in full sun. Dappled or bright shade is preferred while outdoors.

Brachycaulos Air Plant Care

Air Plants get all the nutrients and moisture they need from their surrounding environment. Ensure that the air does not dry out too much, and that airflow is good around where your Brachycaulos Air Plant is displayed. Mist your plant regularly with water to improve humidity, and keep it away from vents and drafty doors. 

Watering Brachycaulos Air Plant

Air plants require weekly watering by being fully immersed in water for 10-20 minutes. The plant will absorb all of the water it needs into its leaves. Place the Brachycaulos on a towel for up to 4 hours after watering to let excess moisture dry. Daily misting with water is another way to water Air Plants. This also adds much-needed humidity. Make sure not to overwater Brachycaulos.

Feeding Brachycaulos Air Plant

Bromeliad fertilizer or Orchid fertilizer can be applied every 3-4 months. Dilute the fertilizer in water and substitute for a watering session. Supplemental fertilizing is not needed if you water with aquarium or pond water. This will supply nutrients at each watering.

Brachycaulos 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: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 5 inches
Mature Spread: 8-10 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Shade/Description: Purple
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Green/Lime, Grey/Silver
Temperature: 50° - 90°F (10° - 32°C)
Humidity: Thrive On Warm Condition
Common Name: Brachycaulos Air Plant
Other Name(s): Mesic Air Plant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia brachycaulos
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.

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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.