The name “air plants or Sky plants” is actually a bit misleading. Members of the Tillandsia genus are so called not because they can thrive on air alone, but because they require no soil at all to grow. In fact, assuming that Tillandsia only need air to survive is one of the most common mistakes we see in air plant care. Air plants are growing rapidly in popularity as a low maintenance household plant.
“Air Plants” get the majority of their nutrients from the air around them. These low-maintenance plants are the perfect little companions for home, work or school. They require very little up-keep, and are a nice green addition to brighten any setting regardless of the season.
These wonderful plants are actually tillandsia, and they are some of the most unique plants in the bromeliad family. Most are easy to take care of and are perfect for terrariums, vertical displays, You should water in accordance to the weather. Mist and soak more often if it is hot and dry, and less often when it is cold, dark or damp.
After flowering, the plant forms offsets and dies. Most species absorb moisture and nutrients through the leaves from rain, dew, dust, decaying leaves and insect matter. Due to their minimal root system and other adaptations, they generally do not require frequent watering, no more than four times a week, allowing the plant to completely dry before watering again.
The Tillandsia Bulbosa is also one of the easiest air plants to care for. It does not require any soakings, only mistings 2-3 times a week, more often in hot and dry conditions like that of in the desert.
It has darker, mauve-sage green leaves and has a stunning bloom when it flowers.
The Caput Medusae air plant is a gorgeous air plant, with wide, thick, sturdy leaves that are soft to the touch. It also has the prettiest silvery green leaves.
The Tillandsia Funckiana is a wild and winding air plant. When in bloom, it will spike and flower, and will produce a beautiful and vibrant orange-red coloring. Which is a rarer color for air plants.
When the Ionantha blooms, it will have the most beautiful violet flowers, and when in bloom the top of the plant will also turn a brilliant bright red.
It is low maintenance and relatively easy like most other Tillandsia. This particular plant thrives in humidity with bright filtered light, or a nice shady tree.
Things About Air Plants:
- An air plant will not grow in soil. Don’t even try it.
- Air plants use roots to attach themselves to things (rather than to absorb nutrients).
- Air plants need sunlight like any other plants.
- Air plants can’t live on air alone.
- Air plants will tell you when you they need more—or less—water.
- Etsy is a great place to shop for well-priced or unusual varieties of air plants.
- You’re not the only one having a hard time identifying your Tillandsia varieties.
- An air plant may flower—but only once in its lifetime.
- Propagate an air plant by harvesting its “pups.”
- Air plants come from tropical climes and will appreciate warm temperatures in your home.
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