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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 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 Addicts Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts always guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy & healthy. However, plant(s) are being shipped through the mail & sometimes 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. 

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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty, whether you're a new gardener or an expert. There are many variables outside of anyone's control that can cause a plant to die. Hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, diseases & pests are all good examples of what can cause plants to die. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all of the unknowns and will replace your plant if something were to happen to it.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant(s). We will cover 100% of the price of the plant, but the warranty does not cover shipping costs. SImply let us know if your plant has died within 1 year of receiving it and we will get you a new one shipped out as soon as possible (depending on the time of the year and availability). We may ask for photos for documentation purposes, but we try to make the process as easy as possible.

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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!


Get your order in early to reserve your plants for Spring planting!

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an automated email with tracking information. 

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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