How to grow Spanish moss

Spanish moss grow and care – epiphyte leaf plant of the genus Tillandsia also known as Tillandsia usneoides, Spanish moss perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental plant for colored leaves and because it air plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics, desert climate or grow indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 7+.

Spanish moss leaves

Leaves color gray-white like hair soft wavy and curly growing connected to each other, leaves absorb moisture from the rain or humidity, plant grow on objects without soil.

Flower color green, purple or white with 3 petals.

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How to grow Spanish moss growing and care:

Hang on, or sit on location, watering by spray or washing, more than 10C, watering depend on the weather in the summer once a week, in hot location need twice and also depend on the location, humidity, indoor or outdoor, in winter need once a week or every two weeks, in mild winter or not at all in wet winters, but prefer more than 3C, soft water (rain water or clean)

How to care:
Fertilize 2-4 times a years, better to take care that the plant not moving too much and re-hang part that fall.

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

How to propagate:
Propagation it’s to cut part that will be at least 5cm (2inches) when “transplanting” need to treat the same as fully mature plant but need to take care that the plant can hold itself and won’t fall all the time, it’s seem irrelevant but all those moving might kill the plant.

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes in order to get the same cultivars

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to hard water

How to plant:
Although it’s popular question there is no need to plant just hang it in location that chosen

When is the best time to plant:
All year

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, fungal, slugs, snails,

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead and infected leaves

Size of the plant?
5cm-3m, 2 inches-10 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant (indoors)?

How to hang:
if it’s big enough hanging it’s simple job, just need to balance the side that won’t fall, the problem with small plants, need to take care that won’t fall, choose place that without wind on plant with leaves that will protect the plant, also better to put clip, the main problem that when use clip or something like rope the plant tend to cut, when use sharp object better to cover by plaster or fabric need soft material that won’t be wet.

How to hang Spanish moss indoors:
Hanging indoor mostly it’s just to put on object, better to connect to the object that want fall in the wind, but to choose the location might be problem.

How to grow indoors
Choose location with enough light and even with little sun, need to be aware that the plant need to be far away from ventilators, heater and air conditions, possible to grow it in the bathroom, be aware to that because of the high humidity need to use less water.

How to clean:
Because it’s impossible use spray for cleaning it’s destroy the plant, need to wash it under water, after this it’s important to let it dry much more that regular watering.

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
No, it’s hang on objects

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Most of the year

General information about the flower:
Green, purple or white flower with 3 petals

Scientific name:

Tillandsia usneoides

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Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Flower colors
  • Green flower
  • Purple flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Leaf color
  • Gray leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Bromeliad
  • Epiphyte
  • Evergreen
  • Leaf plant
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9