Ionantha Guatemala Air Plant

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  • East Care
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 1-3 inches
  • Pet Safe

With delicate silvery-green leaves, Tillandsia Ionantha Guatemala is a low-maintenance air plant that thrives in bright, indirect light. Provided the right light and humidity, Ionantha Guatemala will bloom and easily produce ‘pups,’ allowing you to keep enjoying this unique epiphytic plant. When the leaves turn red, Ionantha Guatemala blooms trumpets of bright violet emerging from its rosette of leaves. The care for this air plant is as easy as regular misting or weekly dunking in water. 

Best Locations For Growing Ionantha Guatemala Air Plant

Keep Ionantha Guatemala in a spot where it can receive bright, indirect sunlight. Because air plants are native to the tropics, they appreciate areas of high humidity, such as your bathroom or in a location where watering can be easily achieved weekly. Tillandsia air plants are non-toxic, making them ideal plants in homes with curious pets or children. 

Ionantha Guatemala Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

In nature, these epiphytes can be found attached to rocks and tree trunks below the tree canopy, receiving dappled and indirect light throughout the day. Ionantha Guatemala will do best in bright, indirect light, close to a window but protected from direct sunlight. 

Ionantha Guatemala Air Plant Care

Air plants are considered low maintenance because they do not require soil, a pot, or much fertilizer. While the occasional dry leaf can be easily removed, Ionantha Guatemala will continue to thrive with minimal care, only needing regular misting or watering and plenty of bright, indirect light. 

Watering Ionantha Guatemala Air Plant

Air plants are unique in that they do not use roots to absorb water. Instead, small scales on their leaves collapse when they are touched with water, fading from silver to bright green. To water Ionantha Guatemala, mist the leaves every couple of days, especially in drier months. Once a week, you can dunk air plants in water for 20 minutes to 1 hour, allowing the leaves to absorb water. Be sure to shake your air plants dry before returning to any kind of air plant holder, terrarium, etc. 

Feeding Ionantha Guatemala Air Plant

Air plants are light feeders and can thrive without regular fertilizing. If you do decide to fertilize Ionantha Guatemala, add a water-soluble Tillandsia- or bromeliad-specific fertilizer to the water you mist or dunk with once a month during the growing season (spring-summer). You can also use regular houseplant fertilizer diluted to ¼ strength.

Ionantha Guatemala 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: Slow
Mature Height: 1-3 inches
Mature Spread: 1-2 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Shade/Description: Purple
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Orange, Red
Foliage Description: Green with Vibrant Red, Orange
Temperature: 60° - 90°F (16° - 32°C)
Humidity: High
Common Name: Ionantha Guatemala Air Plant
Other Name(s): Sky Plant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia ionantha
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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