Normal Base vs Rot – What's the Difference?
Unique Textures and Blushing
There is a vast variety of Tillandsia air plants, each with their unique characteristics! While most houseplants have a smooth leafy texture, air plants will differ with each species which is why it is necessary to be observant of your various air plants. The most uncommon textures are typically noticed with Juncea, Melanocrater (as seen in the image to the right), and Fasciculata. These plants have brittle leaves and dry bases that are comparable to those of pinecones. Another natural and healthy feature of these plants is their brown, cone-shaped bases. Bulbous air plants such as Bulbosa Guatemala and Butzii are unique as well with their hard, shell-like texture, again with brown bases. As long as these bases are firm and the leaves are intact, the air plants are healthy!
As air plants grow and mature, they go through their different color cycles and often blush with red, pink, or purple colors. Some species have much darker shades of purple when they blush and the colors can range from the bottom of the plants to the tips of the leaves. Seleriana and Caput Medusae will commonly have dark blushing colors towards their bases while Juncea and Filifolia plants will have darker shades on the ends of their whispy leaves. Remember that the different colors are a unique trait that naturally occurs in healthy air plants. Before assuming a plant is unhealthy at first glance upon arrival, give it some time to adjust to its new environment and care for it as usual. Maybe even reference our air plant product listing photos for comparison of what you can expect the plant to look like. You will find that the plants will thrive, even with brown bases!
If you are still concerened about the wellbeing of your air plants, read more on our Air Plant Care page or our blog, "What's Killing My Air Plants?". Or feel free to contact our amazing customer service team at info@AirPlantSupplyCo.com.