The Greenhouse

Air Plant Care

January 14, 2016

Air plants are one of the latest trends in home decor and DIY. Here in our greenhouses we have several varieties of air plants along with all the supplies you’ll need to create an air plant terrarium.

Air Plants, or Tillandsia, are members of the pineapple family – which is also known as the bromeliad family. You might recognize their similarities to pineapple stalks or bromeliad house plants. They come in several varieties of color and texture, and can add an interesting texture to the decor of your home or office. Native to the Southern United States, Mexico and Central and South America, Tillandsia naturally grow on trees or rocks without soil.ย They receive all their water and nutrients through fuzzy gray scaled on their leaves called trichomes. In nature, nutrients are provided by decaying leaves, dust or insect matter. Their wire-like “roots” are used for anchoring only.

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Growing: Tillandsia come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Their growth cycle begins with a single plant, which grows to maturity. When the plant reaches maturity it blooms with spikes lasting from several weeks to many months. When the bloom is finished, new plants, reffered to as pups, babies or offshoots, grow out of the base of the parent plant. These new plants will grow up and surround the parent plant as it slowly dies. The new plant will grow to maturity and complete the blooming cycle in one to several years. All done without soil!

Air plants can be placed in any decorative container, and look especially nice in glass terrarium orbs. Pinterest has some great decorating ideas!

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Care: Tillandsia like bright light but not direct sunlight – places like a shaded patio or near a bright window in the house. Make sure you keep your Tillandsia from severe cold. They like fresh moving air from time to time. To water, wet your plant 1-2 times a week with a spray mist bottle. You can also soak your plants in filtered water for 30-40 minutes once a week. Make sure you dry your plants completely before you place it back in it’s container.

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