Tillandsia Magnusiana

Tillandsia Magnusiana on a wood table

Air plants are gaining popularity due to their low maintenance needs and easy care. People use them for display in the house in many creative ways. Over 600 different species of air plants have been discovered and added to the family of Tillandsia.

Tillandsia Magnusiana is one of the many species of air plants that can be grown with careful care.

Tillandsia Magnusiana is a small species of air plant that is native to southern and western Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Its found in the southern parts of America. It grows at different altitudes, ranging from 1000 to over 2000 meters above sea level. It also has soft, fuzzy leaves with silver hair like trichomes. It has a thick red inflorescence and the plant also blushes red or pink before bloom.

This article focuses on some important factors to consider for Tillandsia Magnusiana care. Here is a complete guide for you on Tillandsia Magnusiana.

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What is Tillandsia Magnusiana?

Tillandsia Magnusiana is a small air plant that prefers lots of air circulation and mild temperatures. It has soft leaves covered with hairy furs called trichomes. These fuzzy trichomes help the plant reflect 70% of the light.

The soft flexible leaves form a beautiful rosette.

Tillandsia Magnusiana blooms from a simple red inflorescence that is spherical with a spiky tip. The floral bracts of this air plant are large, scaly, and brownish-red in color while the flowers are tubular and nonfragrant.

Scientific Name

Tillandsia Magnusiana was first described by Marx Carl Ludwig Ludewig Wittmack in 1889. The scientific name of this air plant is Tillandsia Magnusiana. It is also known by the name of Tillandsia Plumosa var. Magnusiana.

Scientific Classification

It is a species of the genus Tillandsia and belongs to the family of Bromeliaceae and sub-family of Tillandsiodeae.


The blooming of the plant starts from its simple red inflorescence that is spherical in shape with a spiky head. The bracts of the flowering stem resemble the leaves of the air plant but only with a reddish hue. It usually grows few tubular flowers of 3-4cm length. The colors of the petals range from dark purple to light purple, making them appear almost white.


Tillandsia Magnusiana falls under the 10 zone of USDA hardiness, which means it can survive in temperatures up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.1 degrees Celsius).

Tillandsia Capitata Care

Tillandsia Magnusiana care is simple and easy for plant parents and depends on the environment they live in.

Some important factors to consider in Tillandsia Magnusiana care are as follows.


Most species of air plants have lower watering needs than other plants. Air plants have the ability to absorb moisture from the atmosphere with their trichomes.

Tillandsia Magnusiana has light to moderate needs for watering.

The two different methods of watering Tillandsia Magnusiana are misting and soaking. If the climate is humid, you can easily get away with only misting the plant. If you live in a dry and hot region, you can soak the plant in a water bath.

For the misting method, spray the air plant with water 2-4 times a week. Mist the plant until all the leaves are drenched in water. This is important because Tillandsia Magnusiana absorbs water through trichomes on the leaves.

If you are choosing the soaking method, then submerge the plant in a water bath once a week for half an hour.

It is important that the plant dries within 4 hours after watering to prevent rotting or fungal growth. After watering the air plant, hold the plant upside down and give it a shake so that the excess water flows out. Place the plant on its side on a towel in indirect sunlight or in an area with appropriate air circulation so that your plant dries completely.


Tillandsia Magnusiana requires a good amount of light and enjoys full sun. Do not put your Tillandsia Magnusiana species under the afternoon sun if the plant is young or not used to such exposure of sunlight.

If you live in a region with a warmer climate, you can put the plant a few feet away from a window so that it gets enough indirect sunlight.


The recommended range of temperatures for the healthy growth of Tillandsia Magnusiana is 10 to 32 degrees Celsius. If you live in a colder climate, prevent from leaving the plant in the cold at night when the temperature drops below 4-5 degrees Celsius.

This species of air plant can only survive in temperatures close to 0 degrees Celsius for a few hours.


The appropriate dose of fertilizer is once a month for Tillandsia Magnusiana. Moderate doses of fertilizer once or twice a month in summers and once a month in winters are enough for this air plant.

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How to Identify Tillandsia Magnusiana

Tillandsia Magnusiana can be identified by its many flexible soft and fuzzy leaves. The leaves are covered with silver hair like trichomes which are soft to touch.

It has a simple spherical inflorescence that has a spiky head. The plant grows few tubular flowers of dark purple or light purple color.

When exposed to light, this air plant gets a reddish blush especially before blooming.

How to Display Tillandsia Magnusiana

There are many different creative ways to display your Tillandsia Magnusiana. They can be mounted on an object or displayed in a glass container depending on the creativity of the plant parent. The easy and simple maintenance of these air plants has made their display in the house even more fun. Here are some ways to display this species of air plant:


Sealed or open glass containers called terrariums are often used for the display of house plants. You can add the terrarium with sand, moss, pebbles, rocks, etc to enhance the beauty of your air plant. These terrariums with Tillandsia Magnusiana are then ready to be displayed anywhere in a room.


Aeriums are quite like terrariums and are also glass containers for displaying plants. People use aeriums in many creative ways to display their air plants. Like with terrariums, you can also add a bed of sand, rocks, or moss in the aerium. They can be displayed on different furniture or hung suspended in the air with decorative strings.

The limits depend on your creativity.


The fun thing about Tillandsia Magnusiana is that they can be grown suspended from the ceiling. You can use a strong, plant adhesive like Oasis Floral Adhesive to stick the base of the air plant on rocks, driftwood, or seashells.

A wire can also be used to attach the plant to the base of the mounting object. You should be mindful of using the type of mounting object that is not prone to rotting or fungal growth.

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Tillandsia Magnusiana is a gorgeous air plant with soft and flexible leaves. Due to its light to moderate need for watering and easy maintenance, it is a wonderful choice to add in your collection of air plants.

With little care and a lot of love, you can help them thrive inside your house and creatively use them for décor.

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