Bulbosa Air Plant

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  • Rare Plant With Interesting Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 4-7 inches
  • Pet Safe

The Bulbosa Air Plant is a versatile and spectacular little houseplant. With its smooth wavy  leaves and a bulbous base, this is an absolutely gorgeous specimen to add to any home or office. It also produces a beautiful red flower in striking contrast with its green leaves. Its leaves turn deep purple before the plant blooms. This plant is an Epiphyte, which means it basically floats in air and thrives without soil. It is a native of the jungles, mountaintops, and deserts of Mexico and Central South America. 

Best Locations For Growing Bulbosa Air Plant

Being an air plant, this houseplant does not require any soil. It absorbs needed nutrients and water from the air through the scales on its leaves. This is a wonderful little plant to grow in a bathroom as it thrives on high humidity. Air plants do well both inside and outside as long as they are not exposed to very low temperatures. Try growing it on stones, seashells, wood, baskets or bowls. You can initially attach them to most any surface with a loosely tied piece or string or cord until their own root fibers take hold. Floral adhesive can also be used to attach the air plant to the desired surface. 

Bulbosa Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

This air plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight or artificial lighting.  Too much direct sunlight can scorch the leaves and slow growth. 

Bulbosa Air Plant Care

This air plant requires a good amount of sunlight or artificial light, although direct sunlight is too intense. Place it a couple feet away from an east- or west-facing window or artificial light source, or on a patio. Avoid dimly lit locations. This house plant prefers temperatures in the range of 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and can handle temperature fluctuations. It is cold hardy to zone 10 of the USDA hardiness map. The easiest way to propagate your air plant is to separate offsets, or pups, that grow from the base of the mother plant. 

Watering Bulbosa Air Plant

To water this houseplant, place it face down in water, either in a bowl or the sink, once every 1 to 2 weeks. Allow it to soak for 10-20 minutes. After soaking, it’s important to gently shake the excess water off and allow the plant to drain on a cloth or paper towel. This prevents any rot developing in between the fold of the leaves. Once a month, mist this air plant with a mixture of water and a soluble fertilizer formulated for epiphytes, bromeliads, or air plants. 

Feeding Bulbosa Air Plant

Fertilize sparingly once or twice monthly, usually during a soak, or you can spray the plant with a fertilizer mist. Use a good tillandsia fertilizer that is diluted to one-quarter of the recommended strength.

Bulbosa 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: Low
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 4-7 inches
Mature Spread: 4-7 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Purple, Red
Flower Shade/Description: Deep Violet, Red or Plum Colour
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 60° - 80°F (16° - 27°C)
Humidity: Average to Above Average (40% - 80%
Common Name: Bulbosa Air Plant
Other Name(s): Bulbous Air Plant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia bulbosa
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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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.