Velutina Air Plant

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  • Attractive Epiphyte
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 7 Inches
  • Pet Safe

Similar to an orchid, Velutina Air Plant does not call a traditional pot of soil home. Rather, this remarkable air plant prospers while being attached to any sturdy surface you choose, such as a piece of decorative wood or glass. Consisting of a spiral of silvery, elongated foliage the Velutina Air Plant is a stunner. The foliage colors change around bloom time, transforming from hues of smoky green to vermillion and pale plum. Requiring minimal fuss, this unique plant is perfect for someone with little free time to spare.

Best Locations For Growing Velutina Air Plant

Velutina Air Plant thrives in bright indirect light and temperatures ranging between 70°F to 85°F. It also has a penchant for average to high humidity, so a bathroom might be an excellent choice to maintain this plant. Since this striking air plant is nontoxic to people and pets, you can grow it in any room and not worry about little hands or paws being at risk.

Velutina Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

Velutina Air Plant prefers bright indirect light. Any room with south-facing, west-facing or east-facing windows will suffice; however, during periods of direct light, place this lovely house plant a few feet away from any windows in order to prevent sunburn.

Velutina Air Plant Care

Velutina Air Plant, an epiphyte, must be attached to a sturdy substrate and not soil. Adhere this air plant to the bottom of anything solid such as the bottom of a glass vase, piece of slate, or a shell. Because air is essential to this plant’s ability to thrive, it requires good air circulation. As a result, maintain Velutina Air Plant in receptacles that are open and are exposed to plenty of air. 

While Velutina Air Plant requires little to no pruning, dead leaves and exhausted blooms should be trimmed in order to promote growth; prevent disease; and enhance its appearance. Propagation can be done using offsets or seeds.

Watering Velutina Air Plant

You will need to “water” your Velutina Air Plant one to four times per week, depending on the method you choose. We recommend misting it every few days and submerging it once a week in filtered water. This striking house plant prefers average to high humidity levels ranging between 50% to 70%. 

Feeding Velutina Air Plant

Once or twice per month during the summer, feed your Velutina Air Plant a balanced water-soluble fertilizer at a quarter-strength; reduce feeding to once per month during the winter.

Velutina Air Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low 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: 7 inches
Mature Spread: 3-4 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Pink, Purple
Flower Shade/Description: Pink and Purple
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green
Temperature: 50° - 90°F (10° - 32°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Velutina Air Plant
Other Name(s): Hardy Air Plant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia velutina
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.