by P. Bieneman
We are greatly expanding our selection of (Tillandsia spp.) due to high customer demand. This exciting and easy to grow genus of plants, related to pineapples, can be used as attractive accents in your home.Most air plants are epiphytes and do not have or need roots as they absorb water and nutrients through their leaves. They prefer bright, warm 50-90 degree areas, and more sunlight can increase color intensity on some species.
Watering and draining properly are the most critical care factors. This will vary due to light, heat and humidity of location. Mist 1-2 times a week or soak to maintain a healthy appearance; more frequently in high temperatures, less in cold. For example, Tillandsia xerographica, the king of air plants benefits from weekly misting. Never let them sit in water for long periods. Remember in nature they attach themselves to other plants. They hang with plenty of air exposure, allowing adequate drying out between watering. I usually submerge for 20 minutes and then flip plants over in my dish drying rack to dry for at least an hour. They are very susceptible to rotting. Never use them in a
closed environment like a terrarium unless it is an open one. Remember that displaying them hanging allows water to drip off properly between watering. Recurved leaves and brown tips signal under watering. Air plants can be xerophytes and tolerate drying our better than constant saturating. If in doubt I would water less frequently. Be sure to fertilize as directed.
The species of Tillandsia we are stocking currently include:
- Bulbosa Guatemala
- Ionantha Fuego
- Ionantha Red
- Pruinosa Guatemala
- Tectorum Ecuador
We will also have hanging wall frames in dark brown for display as well as air plant fertilizer.