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Tenuifolia Air Plant

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  • Easy Care
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • No Soil Required
  • Mature Height 5 Inches
  • Pet Safe

The Tenuifolia air plant (Tillandsia tenuifolia)  is native to South America. It grows on trees and doesn’t need soil to survive. This plant gets all the nutrients and moisture it needs from the air. It has stiff, dense foliage and grows leaves sporadically from its thin base. These sturdy leaves will curve as they get longer. Under the right growing conditions, the tenuifolia air plant rewards you with a dark pink and violet bloom.  

Best Locations For Growing Tenuifolia Air Plant 

Tenuifolia plants look great when placed in terrariums or tree branch displays.Try hanging Tenuifolia from a window in a basket or in a glass globe. There are so many interesting ways to display this low-maintenance plant; the possibilities are endless. Since these plants love high humidity, consider displaying it in a bright bathroom. 

Tenuifolia Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

For the Tenuifolia air plant to thrive, provide it with plenty of bright indirect or filtered sunlight. Two or three feet away from a south-facing window, or close to an east- or west-facing window would be ideal. 

Tenuifolia Air Plant Care

The nice thing about air plants is you only have to worry about two things: light and moisture. Provide your tenuifolia with plenty of bright light. Air plants need a high humidity environment. Depending on your climate, you may need to mist your air plant frequently. 

Watering Tenuifolia Air Plant 

Approximately every two weeks, soak the plant in bottled or distilled water for a few hours. Afterward, make sure no water is left between the leaves by shaking off the excess. Dry upside down for best results. If the tips of your air plant turn brown, it likely is lacking humidity. In that case, you’ll want to increase the humidity that your plant is receiving by misting it or positioning it near a humidifier.

Feeding Tenuifolia Air Plant 

Fertilize Tenuifolia air plants every two to three weeks by adding a pinch of bromeliad and orchid fertilizer to a mister. Air plant fertilizer can also be found at garden stores and comes premixed in a mister.

Tenuifolia 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: High
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 5 inches
Mature Spread: 2-4 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Blue, Pink
Flower Shade/Description: Pink and Blue
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Brown, Green, Orange
Foliage Description: Bronze to Beige-Green
Temperature: 50° - 80°F (10° - 27°C)
Humidity: Handle Very Dry And Hot Conditions
Common Name: Tenuifolia Air Plant
Other Name(s): The Narrowleaf Airplant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia tenuifolia
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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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

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.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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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

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