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Growing Air Plants

March 3, 2015 | By | Reply More

growing air plantsShow of hands: who thinks they always kill houseplants and therefore, have none? If you raised your hand, I’ve got something for you.

Plants add life and color to your home, but some can be a challenge to care for. Not so with air plants, or Tillandsia. There are more than 500 species of Tillandsia and all are bromeliads. These unique plants are epiphytes, which means they absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves, no soil required. They do have a root system, but it’s mainly used to attach the plant to trees or rocks.

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Air plants have a cool and exotic look, and there are many from which to choose – some even have flowers!

Growing air plants is so easy that even you “plant-challenged” folks can have success! They can be displayed in many ways, but my favorite way is to house them in clear glass vessels that can be hung anywhere. Just like with a terrarium, you can add decorative gravel in layers and other artifacts and found objects.

Tips for Growing Air Plants

growing air plantsWhile air plants don’t need soil, they do need water. Twice per week, you’ll need to thoroughly mist your plants with water. If the plant isn’t attached to any structure, you can actually just submerge the plant in water and let it soak for a few minutes.

More frequent watering may be necessary in dry environments. For instance, homes can be quite dry in the winter, so try a little extra water.

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Tillandsia prefer bright, but indirect or filtered light. They can be moved outdoors in summer provided they are not in direct sunlight. In glass vessels, they look lovely suspended in a window as long as it’s not a south-facing, super-sunny window. Hanging these plants is particularly attractive in our home because the plants are kept out of reach of our cats, who sometimes like to use our houseplants as their personal salad bar.

For extra happy air plants, fertilize once per month. Try a liquid fertilizer that’s low in copper and dilute it to about 1/4 of the label’s recommended strength. Use the diluted solution to mist your plants.







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