Air Plants

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You will love the form and simplicity of Air Plants (Tillandsia)

Surprisingly easy to care for and should give years of enjoyment .

 

Most Tillandsia species are epiphytes – i.e. they normally grow without soil while attached to other plants. Tillandsias are epiphytes and need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves.

The roots are mainly used as anchors. Propagation is by seeds or by offsets called "pups". A single plant could yield up to a dozen pups.

Offsets can be separated when about 2/3 the size of their mother to encourage a new colony.

 

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We also stock 125ml bottles of Tillandsia Care Spray fertilizer

 

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General Care

Air plants (Tillandsia) are a warm weather plant. They don’t need soil and get their nutrients from moisture in the air.

Try to avoid cold drafts and keep away from radiators as the air gets too dry.

They are a warm weather plant and prefer temperatures above 45°F and up to 90°F.

If you have the blister plants on a suction pad, press the pad not the plant when securing.

Lighting Generally the lighter the plant leaves, the more tolerant they are to sunlight.

In summer try to keep all types out of direct sun.

Lighting for Tillandsias should be bright but filtered. 1 metre from the window is ideal.

Watering

Once every week soak the plants, leaves and roots in luke warm water for about an hour.

If there is a flower try to keep that above the water level.

When the soaking time is up dry the plant on a paper towel until it is completely dry .This may take up to 4-5 hours depending on the humidity inside your home. Once it is completely dry you can perch it back to its container or spot.

Returning it back to its perch before it is completely dry could result in rot.

Hot gluing the plant to a piece of drift wood (a very common practice) might not be a good idea unless you can submerge the piece of wood in water too weekly.

Thoroughly wet your Tillandsia 2-3 times per week; more often in a hot, dry environment; less often in a cool, humid one.

Spray mist a few times a week.

Spray misting in itself is insufficient as the sole means of watering but may be beneficial between regular watering 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.

Check for under-watering by an exaggerating of the natural concave curve of each leaf.

The Water you use is important. NEVER USED DISTILLED WATER! Softened Water is a NO NO for the salt content. Filtered water, tap water that has sat long enough for the chlorine to dissipate, bottled water is fine. Pond Water and aquarium water works well as long as they aren't over crowded with fish and/or reptiles.

Use Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) twice a month. It is GREAT for blooming and reproduction.

Check out the 125ml Tillandsia Spray Bottle here.

 

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