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Air plants, scientifically known as Tillandsia, are a diverse group of plants originating from Central and South America, as well as parts of Mexico and the southern United States. They are actually not the same as "air-purifying plants". Air plants are called "air plants" because they don't require soil to grow. Instead, they absorb water and nutrients through their leaves from the air and rainwater.
Air plants are epiphytes, which means they naturally grow on other plants or objects, using them as support rather than relying on soil for nutrients. In their natural habitats, air plants can be found clinging to trees, rocks, and other surfaces, absorbing water and nutrients from the air and rainwater. As indoor plants, they can be displayed in a variety of creative ways, such as mounted on driftwood, placed in glass terrariums, or hung from strings.
These unique plants have gained popularity as houseplants due to their intriguing growth habits and ability to thrive without soil.
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Tillandsias are generally considered non-toxic to humans and pets. They are safe to have around your home without posing any significant risks if accidentally ingested. However, it's always a good idea to keep plants out of reach of curious pets or children to prevent any potential issues.
Once you receive your Tillandsias, it's beneficial to give them a refreshing 2-3 hour soak in water to help them recover from any travel stress. To tidy up the plant, gently remove lower leaves that have naturally withered by pulling them downward towards the base.
Tillandsias thrive in bright indirect or filtered light. If planted outdoors, they can tolerate some direct sun in the early morning or late evening. From November to March, they can handle a bit more direct sunlight. Tillandsias can be kept outdoors throughout the year as long as they are protected from frost.
One of the most crucial aspects of air plant care is proper watering. Air plants should be watered by soaking or misting. To soak, submerge the entire plant in room temperature water for about 20-30 minutes every 4-10 days, depending on the climate, room temperature, and humidity level. After soaking, gently shake off any excess water and allow the plant to dry completely before returning it to its display. You can also supplement by misting the plants 2-3 times a week, ensuring that they receive enough moisture without becoming overly saturated. If your Tillandsias become too dry or desiccated, they will benefit from an occasional soaking in a bucket of water overnight (do not do this with Tillandsia xerographica, streptophylla, or magnusiana as we have found it can cause leaf damage).
Air plants thrive in temperatures ranging from 50°F to 90°F. They can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures at night, but it's best to avoid exposing them to freezing temperatures.
While air plants can absorb nutrients from the air, they can benefit from occasional fertilization. Use a water-soluble fertilizer specifically formulated for air plants or bromeliads. Dilute the fertilizer to half or one-fourth of the recommended strength and apply it once or twice a month during the growing season (spring and summer).
Adequate air circulation is crucial for the health of air plants. After watering, make sure they have good airflow by placing them in a well-ventilated area, opening the windows, or using a fan at a low speed. This helps prevent the risk of rotting.
Remove any dead or yellow leaves by gently pulling them from the base of the plant. This helps maintain the plant's appearance and allows for better air circulation.
Tillandsias can be propagated through division or by using offsets or "pups." Division involves separating the clumps of Tillandsias, while offsets are small offshoots that grow from the base of the parent plant. Separate the pups once they have developed their own roots and leaves. Provide proper care and watering to the newly propagated Tillandsias.
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