All About Aeranthos Mini Purple Care

all about aeranthos mini purple care

Aeranthos Mini Purple is one of only a handful of air plants with a natural purple color. It has an open rosette and if given enough light, blushes a soft purple.

Tillandsia aeranthos is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. They grow in many different environments from the forest floor to cliff sides to trees.

These are relatively small. Most plants are between 1-3 inches tall and wide. The leaves are thin, stiff, and slightly recurve.

As with other cultivators of aeranthos, it’s easy to care for and a great air plant for beginners.

All About Caring for Tillandsia Aeranthos Mini Purple

These beauties are easy to care for and are one of my favorite air plants for beginners. They have great color so it’s easy to tell if your air plant is getting enough light. If the purple color starts fading to silver, it needs more light.

If it gets too dry, the leaves will start to fold inwards and the plant will deflate a little. Once it’s hydrated, the leaves will open and the plant will fill out. Check out our How to Water Air Plants Guide.

Read on to learn more about caring for Aeranthos……

USDA Zone 11-12

Water Aeranthos Mini Purple by soaking for 30 minutes to 4 hours once per week and dry it upside down. If water gets caught in the base it will cause rot. Check out our in-depth guide for watering air plants.

These are on the smaller side with most growing to 1 to 3 inches wide.

Aeranthos Mini Purple needs bright indirect light to induce blushing. It can survive with lower light but will not maintain a purple color. Often south and east-facing windows get the best light.

NO SOIL. Soil will kill most air plants.

The ideal humidity is 50% or higher. Aeranthos can survive on less but they may need longer soaks if the air is dry.

Air plants are non-toxic and safe for children and pets.

Use an air plant specific fertilizer or dilute orchid fertilizer. The ideal ratio for Tillandsia is 16-9-25.

Propagate from pups and seeds.

All About Aeranthos Mini Purple Care

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  1. January 24, 2023

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