All About Hondurensis

Tillandsia Hondurensis

Tillandsia hondurensis is a large air plant that originates from Honduras. It is one of the many different varieties of air plants with natural color.

Similar to Tillandsia harrisii and Tillandsia edithae, it has an open rosette and blushes a stunning pinkish purple. The leaves are thick and shimmery due to the prominent trichomes.

The Tillandsia hondurensis is the only air plant native to Honduras, where it grows on the cliff sides. According to, it is threatened by fire, climbers and poaching.

All About Caring for Tillandsia Hondurensis

These plants are absolutely gorgeous but very delicate and probably not the best air plant for beginners. The thick leaves break very easily. Because of this, one must use great caution when handling this plant.

My personal Hondurensis is kept on a beaded hanger. I find it easier to take my hanging air plants into the shower with me once per week. I give it a quick spray before the water gets too hot and let it hang on the hook while I shower. Once I’m done, I carefully hang it upside-down to dry. If there is too much pressure on the leaves, they will break.

As with other air plants, the leaves will fold in and the tips will brown when it gets too dry. Hondurensis is long-lived and thus may have older leaves that fold inward towards the bottom of the plant. This is completely normal for older leaves and shouldn’t cause alarm.

Maintaining the right light is much easier. They have great color so it’s easy to tell if your air plant is getting enough light. If the pink/red/purple color starts fading to green, it needs more light.

Read on to learn more about caring for Hondurensis……

USDA Zone 11-12

Mist 4-7 times a week depending on the humidity level and/or soak for 30 minutes to 2 hours or give it a quick shower. Always dry upside down. Check out our in-depth guide for watering air plants.

These are large plants. 6 to 8 inches wide. Some may be larger.

Hondurensis needs bright indirect light to induce blushing. It can survive with lower light but will turn light green. 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. Hondurensis can survive on less but it 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

Get your very own Tillandsia hondurensis here.


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