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Usneoides Spanish Moss Air Plant

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  • Easy-Care Air Plant
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 2.5 feet
  • Pet Safe

Tillandsia usneoides is an epiphyte in the Bromeliad family and can be grown successfully as a houseplant. Commonly known as Spanish Moss, it is not a parasite and does not cause any harm to the host plant it grows on. Native to the Southern United States and Mexico, Spanish Moss grows from trees and absorbs all of its nutrients from bark and rainwater. 

Best Locations For Growing Usneoides Spanish Moss

Spanish moss can be grown in just about any location of the house. It does not need soil to live and can be used to decorate shelves, a fireplace mantle, the top of a pot for another plant, and terrariums. 

Usneoides Spanish Moss Sunlight Requirements

Spanish Moss thrives in indirect or filtered bright light. Direct light is too intense and will scorch the leaves. Low light may make Spanish Moss go dormant, but it will come back as soon as it is moved to a brighter location.

Usneoides Spanish Moss Care

Spanish Moss can be grown outdoors in temperatures down to 25 degrees F. USDA zones 7-11 are typically warm enough for year-round outdoor growing. The lower hardiness zones can grow Spanish Moss outdoors in the summer months and bring it inside before nighttime temperatures dip below 40 F. 

Watering Usneoides Spanish Moss

Spanish moss is an air plant that gets all the moisture it needs from the air and regular rainfall. Indoors, this plant can be misted with water regularly or given a “shower” once a week. If Spanish Moss is small enough, submerge the whole plant in a basin of collected rainwater, or tap water that has been left to sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Dunk the plant in and out a few times. Let the plant dry out completely in between waterings. Many varieties of Spanish Moss will turn green briefly after watering and dry out to the familiar silvery hue.

Feeding Usneoides Spanish Moss

Fertilizing is rarely needed. A liquid bromeliad or Orchid fertilizer can be used if the growth seems slow. Dilute the feed to one-quarter the recommended strength and only apply once or twice a year.

Usneoides Spanish Moss 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: 2.5 feet
Mature Spread: 5-25 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Blue, Green
Flower Shade/Description: Blue,Green
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Green, Silver
Temperature: 50° - 95°F (10° - 35°C)
Common Name: Usneoides Spanish Moss Air Plant
Other Name(s): Spanish Moss, Old Man's Beard, Long Moss, Black Moss
Scientific Name: Tillandsia usneoides
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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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

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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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