The right air plant for you

What the hell are they?

The air plants scientific name is Tillandsia and has over 650 species. The Tillandsia belongs to the Bromeliaceous family making it a relative to the pineapple and Spanish moss. The natural origin for air plants is southern America, Southern united states and the west indies. The Air plant’s natural condition is in tropical rainforest terrain, high elevation mountains, and rock dwelling. The air plant survives through feeding off of the hydrations and nutrients that the air provides. Due to the vast amount of air plant species, it is difficult to find a medium for the lifespan and size.

Tillandsias are an incredible natural creation which are now beginning to make quite an impact in the homeware and plant market. A trend is breaking out in the homes of London. The modern interior design in this day and age is swaying towards a collaboration with nature. Air plants are not your everyday plant; they thrive without the basic need of soil, therefore, the decorative display options are endless as shown below.

How to look after them?

Maintaining an air plant is straightforward and if you follow exactly what you need to do to look after the air plant than it will live for many years and grow to its full potential.

Airplants do not need nutrients from where it originally grows from therefore is able to be picked from its host and grown independently making air plants mobile. Air plants have roots but they are used for anchoring rather than relying on nutrients.

As the air plant grows its leaves grow stronger and its tolerance for light and slightly less watering whereas when the plant is in its early growing stage it is very important to keep it properly hydrated and away from a powerful light.

Water

Sure, the air plant does not need soil to survive, however, you MUST NOT neglect watering the air plant. Water is essential for the plant to survive. You must water the air plant two to three times per week. Air plants are a very awkward shape and an occasional question we are asked is how do you water them, the easiest way to do this is through a sprayer which coats the air plant in a mist of water. It is also a requirement that the air plant is watered in deep hydration at least once a month. This involves dipping the whole plant in room temperature water for thirty minutes.

Light

The air plant must have minimal light in order to survive. It must not be in direct sunlight, therefore, we advise that an air plant stays around five to 10 feet away from a window. If the Air plant has too much light inflicted upon it, it is in danger of shriveling up and dying. It is vital to deeply hydrate the air plant is it is looking out of color and there is a possibility that is will survive.

If you have any further questions regarding air plants than get in touch with the experts at Cuemars here!

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