Pseudobaileyi Air Plant

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  • Native To Central America
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 8-10 inches
  • Pet Safe

Pseudobaileyi Air Plant has rigid silvery greenish-purple tubular leaves that twist and turn from the bulbous base. The primary onion-shaped bulb is usually hollow in form. This air plant produces a long lavender inflorescence that blooms a dashing purple flower. It's a native plant to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Best Locations For Growing Pseudobaileyi Air Plant

This air plant does really well when anchored to a piece of wood or stone with plant tape or a good plant-safe glue. If placed in a terrarium or container, be sure not to cover the roots with rock, soil or moss, as it will suffocate the roots. You can place this air plant outside in zones 9 plus, but it should be protected from temperatures that fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Pseudobaileyi Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

This air plant prefers filtered bright sunlight. Some direct sunlight is fine, but too much will scorch the leaves. It thrives outside during the spring and summer, and in humid environments.

Pseudobaileyi Air Plant Care

It’s recommended that this air plant be hung upside down or at an angle so water does not accumulate in the bulb. Mist it every two to three days in humid conditions. In dry conditions, mist it every day. Allow the plant to dry thoroughly between mistings. It has fine hair-like roots that are used for anchoring the plant–not for transmission of water and nutrients. It does best with 12 hours of filtered bright sunlight or artificial light. This plant will die after blooming, but will produce”pups” that are easily separated for propagation. 

Watering Pseudobaileyi Air Plant

Mist this plant daily in dry environments. It should be watered at least once or twice per month by submerging it for 10-15 minutes. Be sure to turn it upside down and allow the plant to drain excess water from the bulb and leaf structure to prevent rot. Too much water is bad for this air plant and can actually kill it. 

Feeding Pseudobaileyi Air Plant

Fertilize with diluted all-purpose plant fertilizer or a good tillandsia fertilizer twice monthly. A formula with an NPK ratio of 17-8-22 is recommended. The plant can be fertilized while you are soaking it. Too much fertilizer can actually burn the plant and stunt growth.

Pseudobaileyi Air Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium 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: 8-10 inches
Mature Spread: 4-7 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink, Purple
Flower Shade/Description: Pink Inflorescence and Purple Flower
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Silvery Green
Temperature: 50° - 90°F (10° - 32°C)
Humidity: Keep In Warm Conditions
Common Name: Pseudobaileyi Air Plant
Other Name(s): Striped Air Plant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia Baileyi 'Pseudobaileyi
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:
   ~ 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 Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 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 Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 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 Know 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 Know 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 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.

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    Posted by Val on May 18, 2023

    I ordered these plants thinking they would come later. The two tropical plants were shipped immediately and arrived on the coldest day of the year. I put them in lukewarm water, and one of them survived. Not the airplane.