Growing Air Plants From Seeds - The Germination Process

Growing Tillandsia Air Plants from Seeds by PASiNGA
Seeds of the Ionantha Rubra Tillandsia

Here we go - I think we are about two months in and I am happy to report things are slow but successful so far.


It looks like that the decision to have the seeds sit, well almost swim, in a proper wet environment was a good one as it has triggered the seeds to grow. As for the temperature, I have to admit that I did not make a fuss about that and decided, since I can't offer a greenhouse, the windowsill at room temperature must do. But, I have to admit, I talk to my plants quite a bit, so maybe that helped ;)

The first look inside the container after the lid came off - yippee the germination process is in full swing!

Since I found also some rotting seeds I decided to give them a good bath in filtered lukewarm water. Clean, already of a strong green colour and just about 4mm big.

I put them back in the cleaned container. This time the sheet is just damp, not proper wet like last time, I closed the container again and put it back into a light filled but not hot spot.

Meanwhile more Tillandsias started to surprise with delightful bright colours ...

B. Multiflora Tillandsia by PASiNGA
The B. Multiflora Tillandsia in its full bright pink blooming colour - usually this one is green
Abdita Tillandsia By PASiNGA
The Abdita Tillandsia surprised with multiple flower heads in this stunning purple colour while the leaves vary from green, orange to soft and bright pink

Juncea Air Plant in its early stages of blooming by PASiNGA
Juncea Air Plant in its early stages of blooming



Above are the B. Multiflora to the left and the softer Abdita Tillandsia to the right. On the left is the Juncea grass in its early stages of blooming. The grass like leaves have already started to change colour to a more orange / red shade. I am just in awe that every time I go and get one for you to wrap or to care for them they hold a surprise like this for us.


Green thumps up and cheers to happy simple gardening,




How the seed growing begun can you find in this post - 'Growing Air Plants from Seeds'!  And should your plant been grown up or should you have some Air Plant pups already the Air Plant Life Cycle may be of interest to you. 

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Dianna B (Thursday, 16 January 2020 16:07)

    How long before the seeds germinated?

  • #2

    Antje PASiNGA (Wednesday, 29 January 2020 17:37)

    Hello Dianna,
    well for me it was just a couple of days. I think the first sign of green was about a week later. But I didn't open the lid until about three weeks in.

    I hope this helps, happy Air Plant growing!

  • #3

    Ella grace (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 01:53)

    I live in Florida and we have wild air plants on our trees! I just went out and collected some seeds to grow! I’m so excited!!!

  • #4

    Antje PASiNGA (Wednesday, 25 March 2020 10:19)

    Oh Ella Grace that's so fantastic - I wish they would grow here on trees too :D enjoy and happy growing!

  • #5

    Wiebke (Wednesday, 01 July 2020 11:13)

    Hi Antje - sorry, had to write to you to A thank you for the really easy to follow help to grow air plants and B because you have the same name as my sister...
    How long did you leave them in the tub in total?

  • #6

    Antje PASiNGA (Friday, 29 January 2021 08:07)

    Hello Wiebke, never be sorry to write, it's nice to meet you!

    Well it is always a about 3 to 4 months for the Rubras but about 6 months for Multifloras. I did not have so much luck with the Medusaes however they are great in producing pups on the mother plant.
    hope this is of help and good luck!