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The “Other-Worldly” beauty of Air Plants

Enjoy the “Other-Worldly” beauty of Air Plants!

Tillandsia, or Air Plants, are normally found in the Southern U.S., and Central and South America. They grow attached to other plants such as trees, but do not cause harm to host plants. Instead of taking in water and nutrients from the soil, Tillandsia take them in through the air — hence the term ‘air plants’. One ubiquitous example of Tillandsia is the Spanish Moss of the South, often seen dangling from telephone wires and tree branches. This ability to live out of the soil can offer indoor gardeners creative ways of displaying these unique plants.

Most of the Tillandsia we have in our garden shop will do well with a fair amount of bright, filtered light. Place them near a sunny window, but be aware that too much direct sunlight can sunburn them. A far as watering, most of our Air Plants should be watered 2- 3 times per week. Watering consists of soaking the roots thoroughly for a few minutes (misting your plant may not provide enough water to survive). While Tillandsia are very drought tolerant, they will go dormant and not thrive if not watered properly.

Below are some examples from our Garden Shop:

 

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