Tillandsia Bulbosa Air Plant

Tillandsia Bulbosa Air Plant

The Tillandsia Bulbosa truly is a dark beauty of an air plant.

It features lovely tendrils that are a gorgeous shade of deep green that appear to move and wave as you admire it. The Tillandsia Bulbosa is a beautiful addition to any home or office. Some have said that it resemble a sea creature with its smooth, long arms. I recall the stories of Medusa, from Greek mythology and her wild hair full of snakes. Its leaves are flat and form a fun bulbous shape at its base, and wind out to its long outstretched arms.


The Tillandsia Bulbosa is also one of the easiest air plants to care for. It does not require any soakings, only mistings 2-3 times a week, more often in hot and dry conditions like that of in the desert. In the summer months, when it is a bit warmer, the Bulbosa can grow quite rapidly.

It also does extremely well in low light conditions as well as that of bright diffused or indirect light.


Due to its tight cluster of leaves at the base, it is not recommended to soak the Tillandsia Bulbosa. Water often gets trapped and will lead to molding or rotting. After a heavy mist or a soak, make sure you gently shake your Bulbosa to release that trapped water.


The Tillandsia Bulbosa is native to Guatemala, Belize and Central America.


Himmeli: Diamond, Heart, and with all of the Wall Sconces.

MEASUREMENTS // approximate

1-2” wide and up to 12"+ tall


Its base leaves are often highlighted with a lovely shade of plum and will produce a bright red bloom and brights violet petals when it flowers.


After the Bulbosa has flowered, it will produce plant babies called Pups. Pups should not be removed until it is half to two-thirds the size of its mother.


Do you have any other questions about this incredibly interesting air plant or any other air plants? Feel free to view my Introduction to Air Plant Care or my Air Plant Care Series.