Tillandsia Harrisii

Tillandsia Harrisii

In recent years, plants have become an important part of interior decor. The internet has countless ideas for making living spaces more beautiful with plants. You can opt for any kind of plants, but people prefer air plants for their homes and offices.

Unlike other plants, these plants need less sunlight and water and are easy to care for. Hence, air plants, like Tillandsia Harrisii, are an ideal choice.

Tillandsia Harrisii is a soft leafed air plant, which is native to Guatemala. It lives in places with an altitude of 0-500 meters above sea level. Harrisii are a type of air plant that needs very little maintenance. They don’t need soil and can thrive with enough water, indirect sunlight and air circulation.

You can buy a Tillandsia Harrisii here.

What is a Tillandsia Harrisii?

Tillandsia Harrisii is a type of air plant with very distinct features. It is usually 8 inches tall with a thick and long stem of about 40 cm. The greenish-white leaves grow inwards and have a curled structure like that of a rosette.

The leaves of Harrisii air plant have lots of trichomes. Trichomes are needle-like structures to absorb moisture and nutrients.

Harrisii can survive high sunlight exposure and needs lots of water. Monthly fertilizing and good air circulation are also recommended.

Scientific Name

The scientific name of this air plant is Tillandsia Harrisii Ehlers. Renate Ehlers first found this species in 1987.

Scientific Classification

It is a species of the genus Tillandsia and belongs to the family of Bromeliaceae. Tillandsia Harrisii belongs to the subfamily of Tillandsioideae.


Tillandsia Harrisii blooms beautifully. Its red bloom complements its greyish white leaves.

When blooming, Harrisii produces red inflorescence with blue-violet/purple flowers. The inflorescence extends the plant’s height by ~15cm and has up to 10 beautiful blooming flowers.

The bracts of the flowers are crimson and smooth and are usually bigger than the sepals. The flowers are tubular in shape and around 6 cm long. They have no fragrance and are dark violet/purple in color.


Tillandsia Harrisii falls under the 9b-11b zone of USDA hardiness. Meaning it can survive in temperatures from 25 degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (-3.9 degree Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius).

Tillandsia Harrisii Care

Tillandsia Harrisii lives in forests and mountains of Central America. Tillandsia Harrisii only requires water, air circulation and adequate light to thrive. Adequate care is crucial for the healthy growth of Harrisii air plants.

Here are some important factors to consider about Tillandsia Harrisii plant care:


There are many ways to water Tillandsia Harrisii. You can mist, dunk or soak your plant depending on your convenience and the type of display you have placed it in.

If you choose the misting method, mist the plant 3-7 times a week until the plant is drenched in water.

If your plant is mounted on a display which is prone to fungus growth, you can use the dunking method. Submerge the plant in water completely 2-4 times a week. Make sure that you don’t submerge the mounting object.

If it is convenient to take out the plant from its display, you can soak the plant in water for 1-2 hours once a week. The watering needs of your plant might differ depending on the humidity in your area. If it is very humid, you can decrease the time duration or frequency of watering.

After watering the air plant, hold the plant upside down so that all the trapped water between the leaves flows out. Don’t put the plant under direct sunlight and make sure there is enough air circulation so that the plant dries. Drying of the plant is necessary to avoid rotting or fungus growth.


Tillandsia Harrisii requires plenty of indirect sunlight. They can stand direct sunlight during early mornings and late afternoons.

They grow in the canopies of trees in forests and on mountains. They get a moderate amount of sunlight and shade. Some direct sunlight during early morning or late afternoon can brighten the color of its leaves.

Place the plant near a window where it can get plenty amount of indirect sunlight. Avoid keeping them in spaces with low lights. Also, avoid putting them in direct sunlight for long as that can burn and dry out the leaves.


Tillandsia Harrisii grows well in warm areas. The favorable range of temperature for this plant is 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit or 10-32 degrees Celsius. If the plant is kept sheltered and dry, also it can withstand temperatures from -3.9 degree Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius for a few hours.


You should fertilize the plant about once per month. Medium doses of fertilizer once or twice a month in summers and once a month in winters are recommended for this pant.

Here is the fertilizer that we recommend.

How to Display Tillandsia Harrisii

Tillandsia Harrisii can grow on all kinds of attractive and creative mounting objects. Some examples are rocks, shells, and driftwood. It can also be displayed in a glass container to enhance the aesthetics of your home. Here are some creative ways to display your Tillandsia Harrisii plant:


Terrariums are sealable glass containers made of curved glass with a tight-fitted lid. They can also be open to the atmosphere. You can place your Tillandsia Harrisii air plants on a bed of pebbles, rocks or moss. You can suspend terrariums in the air or place them on tabletops or shelves to enhance the décor of the room.


An aerium, like a terrarium, is a glass vessel to display air plants like Tillandsia Harrisii. They come in lots of different shapes. You can decorate them with sand, moss or pebbles. You can place the plant on a bed of sand or moss and also add in some seashells. They can be displayed on tabletops or suspended in the air with a decorative string.


Tillandsia Harrisii can be mounted on pretty much any object.

Use your imagination!

Just make sure that your mount doesn’t hold moisture. We recommend using floral adhesive or non-copper wire for mounting.

Check out our favorite terrariums, aeriums, and displays here.

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