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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 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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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.

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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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