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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):
Flower Shade/Description:
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 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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Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes 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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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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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