Easy Air Plants

Horrible with plants? You kill anything that grows? Then the exotic, magical Tillandsia, aka air plant, is right for you. Requiring only a bright window and an occasional watering, the reward for properly caring of Tillandsia comes in the form of bright, beautiful blooms.  We have anywhere from 3 – 15 varieties of Tillandsia available in store.  We’re always trying and collecting new varieties!

Above: a member of the bromeliad family, there are more than 500 known species of Tillandsia.

LIGHT
Should be bright but filtered, not direct sunlight in the summer months. They do love direct light in the cooler months of November to March. You can grow your Tillandsia in front of a bright window. The greener and softer varieties like a little more water and shade.

WATER
Although Tillandsias are called “Air Plants” they do need water to survive. Thoroughly wet your Tillandsia 2-3 times per week and more often in a hot, dry environment; less often in a cool, humid one. Plants should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in no longer than 4 hours after watering. Spray misting is insufficient as the sole means of watering but may be beneficial between regular watering’s in dry climates to increase the humidity. If the plant is in a shell, be sure to empty the water out. Tillandsias will not survive in standing water. Under-watering is evidenced by an exaggerating of the natural concave curve of each leaf. The greener and softer varieties like a little more water and shade.

Above: We included Tillandsia in these terrarium centerpieces for a Women's Wellness & Inspiration Luncheon.

Tillandsia are great for Terrariums, display single plants in a simple mini terrarium.

TEMPERATURE
Optimum temperature range for Tillandsias is 45 – 95 degrees F. They must be brought into protection from any freeze, but a light frost will not usually damage them.

FERTILIZE
Fertilize monthly from Spring to Fall. Use at 1/4 strength. Too much fertilizer can burn your Tillandsia.

REPRODUCTION
Usually from off-shoots, called pups, from the base of the plant.
They can be left attached to form a cluster or separated once the pup reaches about one half the size of the mother plant.

Stop in at either location and see our current collection of Tillandsia and terrarium ideas!

Sources:
http://www.reedsgreenhouse.com/tillandsia.htm
http://remodelista.com/posts/air-plant

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