Houston Red Princess Air Plant

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  • Low Maintenance
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 3-4.5 inches
  • Pet Safe

Tillandsia Houston Red Princess, also called an Air Plant, has iridescent silvery-purple foliage and produces a vibrant dark-pink and lilac inflorescence. Requiring little more maintenance than weekly misting or dunking in water, this epiphytic plant is perfect for a terrarium or attached to driftwood, making it a unique and pet-safe addition to your plant collection. Air plants do not need to be planted into soil. Instead, they absorb moisture in the air through their leaves.

Best Locations For Growing Houston Red Princess Air Plant 

Air plants naturally grow beneath the canopy of tropical trees, protected from harsh direct sunlight and receiving plenty of humidity. Place the Houston Red Princess in a spot that receives bright, indirect light, and provide it with regular humidity for best results. Because they do not need to be planted, you can get creative with how to display air plants. Add Houston Red Princess to a glass terrarium in your kitchen or bathroom, or perhaps place it on a shelf with your favorite books and geodes. 

Houston Red Princess Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

Houston Red Princess will do best in indirect bright light, protected from direct sunlight but in a bright enough spot to grow and bloom.

Houston Red Princess Air Plant Care

Houston Red Princess requires little maintenance. Once the pink and purple bloom has faded, it can be trimmed off. The plant will now focus on creating “pups” at its base, which can eventually be removed to become their own plants, blooming in a couple years time. Old lower leaves can be easily removed when they have dried up. 

Watering Houston Red Princess Air Plant

Because air plants thrive in humid conditions, it is a good idea to mist them every couple of days, especially in drier months. Even with misting, you will want to dunk your Houston Red Princess in water once a week for 20 minutes to one hour, ensuring that water is soaking into their unique silvery leaves, which turn bright green when freshly watered. Once watered, be sure to shake your air plants dry before returning them to any holder, terrarium, etc. 

Feeding Houston Red Princess Air Plant

Air plants are epiphytic bromeliads. For this reason, they will appreciate Tillandsia- or Bromeliad-specific liquid fertilizer that is low in nitrogen, or liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to one-quarter of the recommended strength. While fertilizing is not necessary, you can add fertilizer into your soaking or misting water once a month during the spring and summer months.

Houston Red Princess Air Plant Information

Light Exposure: Medium Light, Low 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: Clumping
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 3-4.5 inches
Mature Spread: 5-6 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink, Red
Flower Shade/Description: Pink, Red
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Green, Silver
Temperature: 30° - 40°F (-1° - 4°C)
Common Name: Houston Red Princess Air Plant
Other Name(s): Dark Red Air Plant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia houston 'Red Princess'
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.