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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 Known 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 Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

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

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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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

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