Xerographica Air Plant

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  • Largest Air Plant
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Above Average Watering Needs
  • No Soil Required
  • Mature Height 3 Feet
  • Pet Safe

Tillandsia xerographica is a highly rewarding Air Plant to grow. Xerographica is the largest of the genus and slowly grows to 3 feet in diameter. The thick, silvery-gray leaves form a swirled rosette that is geometrically interesting. In Mexico, where Xerographica is native, these air plants can be seen hanging from the branches of large trees as part of the jungle understory. 

Best Locations For Growing Xerographica Air Plant

Air Plants can live just about anywhere in the home that has good lighting and a little bit of humidity. They are natural shelf fillers for a bright bathroom or kitchen and do great as part of open terrarium arrangements. 

Xerographica Air Plant Sunlight Requirements

Indirect bright light is the perfect exposure for xerographica. Lower light levels are tolerated, but growth may be slower than average. Air plants can be grown outdoors during the summer. All they need is a dappled shade position under cover and a regular watering from the hose once a week. 

Xerographica Air Plant Care

Xerographica is a true epiphyte that needs no soil to grow. It pulls all of the nutrients and moisture from the air. Make sure to mist the plant regularly with distilled water to provide sufficient humidity. Xerographica is an Air Plant that blooms and dies soon after flowering. This only happens after the plant has reached its mature size after many years of growth.

Watering Xerographica Air Plant

Air Plants like to be misted regularly with water, but they also need to be soaked in a bath every so often. Every 10-14 days, place Xerographica in a sink full of room temperature water and let it soak for 10-15 minutes. If you have hard or softened water, use spring water or rainwater for the bath. Take the plant out and drain it upside down on a towel for up to 4 hours, so no water stays inside the leaves. 

Feeding Xerographica Air Plant

Fertilizing will not make the plant grow faster, but it may help with blooming later as the plant matures. A liquid bromeliad fertilizer can be added to a soaking every 3-4 months. Use one-quarter the manufacturer's recommended amount.

Xerographica Air Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, 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: Low
Habit: Mounded
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 3 feet
Mature Spread: 3 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Purple, Red
Flower Shade/Description: Purple/Lavender, Red/Burgundy
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver, White
Foliage Description: Gray/Silver, Green, White
Temperature: 60° - 80°F (16° - 27°C)
Humidity: High
Common Name: Xerographica Air Plant
Other Name(s): Giant Tillandsia, Giant Air Plant
Scientific Name: Tillandsia xerographica
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.

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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

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.