Stricta Air Plant

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  • Rare Air Plant
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • No Soil Required
  • Mature Height 6-12 Inches
  • Pet Safe

Tillandsia stricta is the most common air plant sold. It grows so easily that it is a gateway plant for people who never thought they would be house plant growers. The gray-green coloring of the long foliage is a lovely addition to terrariums and open-container displays. Stricta Air Plant will bloom when it reaches full maturity. Sadly this also means that the plant will die soon.

Best Locations For Growing Stricta Air Plant

Stricta Air Plant will grow happily anywhere in the house where it can receive good airflow and humidity. Bathrooms and kitchens are the best situations if they have high enough light levels. There is no need to pot this plant, and it will move from location to location happily without losing leaves or slowing growth.

Stricta Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

Direct light or filtered bright light is what Stricta prefers. Lower light levels are tolerated for short periods. Direct light from a south-facing window may be too intense and cause the leaves to burn.

Stricta Air Plant Care

Air Plants do not require soil to get nutrients or anchor their roots. These plants filter the air for nutrients and moisture and will happily hang from other plants as added decoration or to give your room a feeling of the jungle. Tillandsia will produce pups or plantlets regularly. These pups can be left attached to the mother to form large masses, or they can be separated to be used on their own. When the pup is big enough to handle, gently twist the whole plant away from the mother to separate them.

Watering Stricta Air Plant

Rainwater, spring water, or filtered tap water is best for watering. Tap water should sit for 24 hours to dissipate the chlorine. Once a week, fill a sink or basin with room temperature water and submerge the whole plant for 30 minutes. Let the Air Plant drain upside down for 2 hours before returning it to its regular home. Mist Air Plants with distilled water every other day to increase humidity levels.

Feeding Stricta Air Plant

Air Plants do not need supplemental fertilizing and can get the nutrients they need from the air.

Stricta 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: 6-12 inches
Mature Spread: 3-6 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Blue, Purple, Yellow
Flower Shade/Description: Blue, Purple, and Even Yellow
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Silver and Light Green
Temperature: 50° - 90°F (10° - 32°C)
Humidity: Thrives In Humidity
Common Name: Stricta Air Plant
Other Name(s): Upright Air Plant, Strict Tillandsia, Erect Tillandasia
Scientific Name: Tillandsia stricta
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.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

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.