Air Plants

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Air Plants

     If you like your indoor plants to be clean and easy to look after then I might just have the solution.  Having just taken delivery of a selection of  Tillandsias, more commonly referred to as “Air plants”, I am delighted to be able to offer these little gems once again as I have had many enquiries about them in recent weeks.  There is no compost required with these plants as they do literally take all their moisture and nutrients from the air.

    This first collection comprises of air plants set on decorative pieces such as shells, wood and glass dishes.  I am hoping to increase the range in the coming weeks to include loose airplants which you can display in your own creative way.

     Tillandsias live naturally in the crevises of tree branches, on rocks or even on the ground.  To adapt them for indoor use you can use anything that takes your fancy to display them on. If it has a natural crevice, such as in a shell then simply position the plant in the hole.  If you want to use something with a smoother surface like a piece of slate for example, attach the airplant using a dab of silicone sealant to hold it in place.  You can even place tillandsias amongst the foliage of other indoor plants to create a natural effect.

     To re-create their natural habitat indoors you will need to mist-spray tillandsias regularly.  Aim to leave tiny droplets of water showing on the foliage. Water in this way about twice a week in winter and every 2 or 3 days during the warmer months.    Mist spray occasionally with an  airplant fertiliser.

     Tillandsias will bloom indoors and are often very  beautiful vivid colours.  The main part of the plant will gradually wither away after  it has flowered but you should notice new growths sprouting from the base of the old plant at this stage.