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What Happens After Blooming?
Care Blog
While the plants’ blooming cycle is typically at the peak of their maturity, it is also the beginning of their reproductive cycle in which offspring, also known as “pups”,  are formed. This means the plants will naturally start fading after they have produced pups that are mature enough to survive on their own and not when the blooms have passed.
Air Plant Life Cycle
Care Blog
Here we will explore each phase an air plant experiences in its lifetime and discuss care tips for the different cycles to ensure a healthy plant from the beginning to end.
Photo Story: Cantón San José School Completion March 2022
News Blog
Air Plant Supply Co. created a photo story of the completed school build from a recent visit to the community of Cantón San José. See first-hand the hard work of the Pencils of Promise team and the local community!
Photo Story: Construction Update at Escuela Línea B-6 Satelite
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Air Plant Supply Co. created a photo story of the construction happening at Escuela Línea B-6 Satelite in Guatemala. See first-hand the hard work of the Pencils of Promise team and the local community!
Photo Story: Breaking Ground at Escuela Línea B-6 Satelite
News Blog
We are excited to announce the ground breaking of the newest school being constructed in Guatemala within the Suchitepéquez district. Here is a look at some of the festivities.
Air Plant Supply Co.'s Next Impact: Escuela Línea B-6 Satelite
News Blog
Air Plant Supply Co.'s newest project with PoP is Línea B-6 Central, Guatemala. Our mission is to build a new seven classroom structure to provide a safe space for quality learning for hundreds of students.
Photo Story: Cantón San José Inauguration Ceremony
News Blog
Wonderful collection of photos from the inaugural ceremony at the Cantón San José community!
Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide
News Blog
Mother’s Day is almost here and there’s no better way to help your mom ring in the spring season than with air plants! Air plants are unique, beautiful and, most importantly, low-maintenance, which makes them the perfect gift for the mom in your life. We created a list of our top picks for this mother’s day. Whether your mom likes to get creative or has a green-thumb, there’s something on this list she’s sure to love!
Why Do Air Plants Not Need Soil?
Care Blog
Air plant...hmm? Does that mean they live off of air alone? Are air plants just set-it-and-forget-it plants? Are they even living? These are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about tillandsia at Air Plant Supply Co.
How to Encourage Your Air Plant to Bloom
Care Blog
Plant lovers know the immense satisfaction of when their love and hard work pays off and their plant babies finally bloom! Tillandsia do not bloom until they reach maturity and, thus, are ready to produce off-spring or pups. That being said, there are actions you can take to guarantee your plant reaches maturity and is healthy enough to bloom.
How to Trim Your Air Plant
Care Blog
Along with their unique physique and robust blooms, Tillandsia air plants are favored among plant lovers due to their simplicity and low-maintenance care. However, once in a while air plants do require additional care to keep their fresh appearance and ensure optimal health.
Our Top Six Picks for Valentine's Day Gifts
Care Blog
Valentine’s Day can be stressful...you want to give your significant other the perfect gift. A gift that’s not too basic, but not too out there. A gift that shows them exactly how much you care, without being over the top....
Is the Brown Part of My Air Plant Normal?
Care Blog
Once you receive your new set of Tillandsia air plants, you may notice that some of the species are completely green while others tend to be brown towards the bottom. While this may raise concern, rest assure that a darker base does not always indicate the plant is dead or unhealthy.
What's Killing My Air Plants?
Care Blog
Air plants can be susceptible to health issues due to environmental factors or improper care just like any other plant or living thing! By reviewing this list of topics, you can be confident in diagnosing and preventing health problems to grow happy and healthy air plants.
Winter Care for Air Plants
Care Blog
Air plants thrive in outdoor settings throughout all regions of the United States during the warmer months of the year. However, air plants are tropical species so moving them indoors if or when temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit will be necessary for wintertime survival. 
Building Air Plant Terrariums with Kids
Design Blog
Growing and collecting Tillandsia is an illuminating and trending hobby amongst all ages! From displaying a large Xerographica to raising an Ionantha pup, air plants never cease to amaze us with their diverse species, unique life cycles, and wide range of ways to use and display them.
Air Plant Wood Display
Design Blog
Air plant wood displays are incredibly popular due to the fact that trees are its natural habitat so it's truly the organic way to display tillandsia. Air plants grow roots to cling tightly to trees to keep them away from protect them from predators.
What are Hydric, Mesic and Xeric Air Plants?
Care Blog
Before learning about how to care for your air plant, it's important to know where they come from. Understanding your plant’s native climate is the first step in knowing what kind of care it needs! The names for the climate designations used to classify air plants, or Tillandsia, are Hydric, Mesic and Xeric. 
Our Second School in Cantón San José, Guatemala is Almost Done!
News Blog
We are please to announce that our second Pencils of Promise school located in the Cantón San José community within the Boca Costa region of Guatemala is near completion! 
How to Keep Your Air Plants Healthy
Care Blog
Having trouble with air plant care?  This list includes some of our best practices tips on how to care for your air plants!
10 Air Plant Gifts for Mother’s Day
Design Blog

This Mother’s Day, surprise your mom with the gift that keeps giving–air plants! At Air Plant Supply Co, we have a large variety of options to choose from depending on YOUR mom! 

Are You Poisoning Your Air Plants?
Care Blog
Once you have the basics of air plant care down, it is important to consider other environmental factors that may be harmful to your plants. Curled copper wires to hold or stand-up your air plants or glass terrariums faceted with copper could be harmful if they are indeed made out of pure ‘Cu’.
Caring for Air Plant Christmas Trees
Care Blog
Thank you so much for ordering our handmade Christmas Trees! For every tree sold, Air Plant Supply Co. will donate an extra $3 to support our primary schools in Guatemala. Once you finish admiring its beauty it is time to water the tree. Follow the instructions below.
Your Green Corporate Gifting Specialist
News Blog
With more corporate team members working from home in 2020 we have amped up our corporate gifting fulfillment service to better suit companies that are following pandemic protocols.
Construction Begins at Our Second School: Cantón San José, Guatemala
News Blog
Air Plant Supply is pleased to announce the location of our second school project in Guatemala. We will be providing two additional classrooms to a small community school in the Boca Costa region of the country. Pencils of Promise (PoP) and Air Plant Supply Co. have been partnered since 2016. Air Plant Supply donates $1 from every order to Pencils of Promise.
Sustainable Farming: Cultivation of Tillandsia Xerographica
News Blog
Tillandsia Xerographica, the Queen of Air Plants, was almost extinct from the wild just a couple of decades ago. Learn how intervention by international environmentalist agencies and increased seed production has allowed this beautiful plant to be made available for the masses.
Air Plant Gifts for Your Customers
News Blog
At airplantsupplyco.com, we recognize the need to cultivate a positive business-to-customer relationship. We work alongside corporate clients that are looking to create a unique memento to send to their customers.
After You Have Made Your Order
News Blog
Tillandsia are incredibly tough and durable plants. However, just like us humans, they tend not to like temperature extremes. As soon as your box arrives, open it and show your plant a bit of love! Give it a drink with some water (chlorine-free if possible) for about an hour.
Visiting Our School in Guatemala
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Three months after inauguration, we were able to visit our school in the isolated Quiché Department of Guatemala. Pencils of Promise lead the way on a multi-day visit of our partner community, Monte Maria.
Air Plant In Focus: Tillandsia Tectorum Ecuador
Care Blog
Tillandsia Tectorum, one of our customers' favorite air plants, is native to Ecuador and Peru where it can be found growing in large populations on Andean cliff faces and outcroppings. The large, fuzzy trichomes and overall whimsical appearance appearance of the plant have made it exceptionally popular among both air plant novices and enthusiasts.
Air Plant Supply Co. x Pencils of Promise School Impact Timeline
News Blog
Throughout the developing world, disadvantaged children struggle to become educated due to lack of schools, limited community support organizations, and lack of governmental funding. To make a difference, Air Plant Supply Co. has donated $1.00 of every order to support Pencils of Promise since 2016. We have helped fund and build four schools in Guatemala with PoP!
Easy Propagation of Air Plants
Care Blog
What’s better than a small family of beautiful air plants? Answer: A large family of air plants and pups! Your air plants want to pass on their genes and will eventually start growing small “pups” at their base.
Air Plant in Focus: Tillandsia Ionantha
Care Blog
The Ionanthas are a special type of Tillandsia and probably one of the first air plants that you will encounter in your search for small plants. The Tillandsia Ionanthas are generally 1-3 inch tall plants that look like a miniature version of the top of a pineapple with several pointed leaves.
Top 10 Small Air Plants
Care Blog
Air Plants (Tillandsias) come in all shapes and sizes. Their varying size is one of their most unique attributes. Here at our greenhouse we have seen Ionantha Mexican that would fit on your thumbnail, Xerographicas as large as beach balls, and everything in between.
FAQ: How do I order Wholesale?
News Blog
Anyone can order from our Wholesale, Bulk, and Favors pages. We have designed our site so wholesale and bulk ordering can easily be done online. These pages are very popular for Retailers, Event Planners, and Florists, but the only requirement is that you order the Minimum required per plant or variety.
Air Plant Watering: The Soaking Method
Care Blog
Here at the Air Plant Supply Co., we have found that air plants do best when you soak them in water. It's important to remember that air plants take in all their nutrients through their leaves not through the roots.The roots serve only to attach the air plant to a host tree or rock or even the ground, nothing more.
Trichomes: Not Mold, Mildew, or a Fungus!
Care Blog
Customers often email and call us about an unusual white, fuzzy substance on the leaves of their new air plants. They are always pleased to find out that this white fuzz is nothing to worry about, in fact, it’s the sign of a healthy, happy air plant.
Environmentally Conscious Farming of Air Plants
News Blog
Here at the Air Plant Supply Co., we only work with suppliers certified by their respective state or country governments for Tillandsia exportation. This ensures that we are supporting a sustainable and environmentally conscious supply chain.
Want to Start a Successful Business?
News Blog
Due to their popularity and ease of care, air plants are an easy item to add to well-curated retail settings. We have seen our plants featured in jewelry stores, gift shops, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and of course florist and botanical shops.
5 Ways to Display Your Air Plants
Design Blog
From glass terrariums to driftwood to vertical gardens, the adaptations that air plants (tillandsia) have made in the wild allow them to be used in many different types of design and displays. Here are are 5 ways to design with air plants in your home!
Air Plant in Focus: Tillandsia Stricta
Care Blog
Tillandsia Stricta is an air plant variety. Sticta is commonly crossed with other popular varieties of air plants to produce vigorous, beautiful hybrids. Sticta are usually shorter stemmed and reproduce in clumps.
Air Plant Pests
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Mealybugs: These pests create a wax-like coating on the leaves. They have no wings, flat white in color and have softer bodies. Damage is created when they draw sap from the plant tissue using their mouths. If you believe you may have mealybugs, look in the areas where your stems and leaves meet.
Air Plant Light Requirements
Care Blog
When discussing air plants and the lighting requirements, we usually refer to 3 main lighting types. Filtered, Dappled, and Full to Partial Sun.
What are Air Plants?
Care Blog

Air plants are actually called Tillandsias, which happens to be part of the Bromeliaceae or Bromeliad species. They have also been labelled as Epiphytes, as they do not need to have soil to grow. The air plant is often found in the jungles, mountain tops, and deserts, of Central and South America, and Mexico and the the southern United States in North America.

Air Plant Watering
Care Blog
Proper watering, air circulation, proper sunlight and medium temps (fifty to ninety degrees) are the keys for air plant care. Different varieties can require different environments to flourish. 
Air Plant in Focus: Spanish Moss
Care Blog
Spanish Moss is probably the most common Air Plant in the United States. In fact, I’m sure you’ve probably stumbled upon it. Think of that quintessential southern city. Is it Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, or perhaps even the home of Air Plant Supply Co., St. Augustine, Florida.
Bromeliads
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Bromeliads consist of a wide variety of plants with the ability to flourish in a diverse set of climates. The appearance of their foliage is also varied. The leaves can appear symmetrical or irregular in shape.
All About Air Plants: The Genus Tillandsia
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A member of the Bromeliad or Bromeliaceae family, Tillandsia consists of a genus of approximately 540 species. Most commonly found in South America, Central America, parts of Mexico and the southern-most border states of the United States, these plants thrive in the deserts, mountains and forests areas of these regions.
What are Epiphytes?
Care Blog
Plants come in all shapes and sized and live in diverse climates and ecosystem. From the hardy arctic plants of the north to underwater phytoplanktons that live near deep sea hydrothermal vents, all of these plants have adapted to their environments and carved out niches that have allowed them to thrive on this planet.