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 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.