Tillandsias are best suited for moist and wet climatic conditions as excess humidity will enable easier absorption. Plants sprout from the root of mature tillandsia. Most likely, these saplings will have no defined roots of their own. Planting of these saplings can be done even without roots. There are some types species in these plants that produce up to a dozen tiny plants. Some parent plants produce saplings only after flowering. Breeding through seeds is not usually preferred for tillandsia as chances of success cannot be ensured.
Let us now take a look at the various methods to take care of tillandsias. There are two types of tillandsia based upon the physical appearance. The ones with leaves around small thick stems and the ones with leaves around long thin stems. The ones with small stems must be planted in pots or decorative bowls. All you need in the pot mixture are pieces of bronze or marble to support the plant. Soil or compost is not required. The ones with long thin stems can be grown in a mixture of coconut husk and wood scrapes. The base part of the plant must be tied with a rope or string. Growing the tillandsia around bonsai is a good idea. An interesting fact is that you can grow this plant without soil or water, just by hanging them up in the room. This will result in the plant attaining a circular shape.
As mentioned earlier, the plant survives by absorbing moisture and minerals from the atmosphere. One percentage of chemical fertilizer dissolved in water (in the ratio 18:18:18) can be sprayed once every month so that the plant can yield more flowers. Another unique feature of this plant is the grey markings on the leaves and stem. This is meant to protect the plant from sunlight. Special care must be taken to preserve this feature of the plant. Apart from this, air circulation is another major necessity for tillandsia. Different varieties of this plant show different features and characteristics. Though most of the varieties belonging to this family are fast growers, there are some that will grow only about 3 inches every year. Some must be grown in regions with bright sunlight. These are the ones with the grey markings on them. The ones with thin, green-colored leaves should be planted in shady regions. Such plants must be watered by spraying water in small amounts. If the plants start drying despite this, then dip it in water completely. Tillansia is a decorative plant that can be grown without much effort or attention.