The latest trend in the world of gardening is growing air plants, also known as tillandsia scientifically. Tillandsia are exotic plants native to the tropics, with over 500 different species and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours.
And we can see why they are so popular! Air plants are nearly indestructible and will survive in just about any environment! Perfect for beginner gardeners or people who tend to kill their houseplants! Moreover, they are compact in size and don’t take up a lot of space-ideal for those with space constraints. Most importantly, air plants are unbelievably low maintenance! In fact, they are by far the easiest plants to grow because they don’t need water or soil to grow; the leaves get their nutrients from the air, hence the name.
Tillandsia species have little or no root systems. They are typically found in the wild attached to trees or other palnts. Although not normally, grown for their flowers, some species have been known to bloom red flowers.
Air plants may not need soil, but they still need plenty of bright, indirect light to survive. Place plant near a sunny window or under a grow light for the best results. To water the plant, mist 2-3 times a week. Or submerged them in water for a period of time.
Unlike other houseplants, air plants don’t need to be grown in a pot. They are typically found mounted onto a variety of decorative surfaces, including cork, slate, rocks and driftwood or grown in terrariums. They can be hung from the ceiling or walls. Group them in masses for the best visual effect.
Air plants are available at garden nurseries and some floral shops.
Here are some design ideas:
- The 5 Easiest Houseplants to Grow (funflowerfacts.com)