Air plants, formally known as Tillandsia, are the perfect plant for an active traveler. Simple, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to care for, anyone can house a beautiful garden. No soil? No problem! All you need to begin your garden is an assortment of air plants, and water! Fertilizer is optional. Here’s all you need to know about the hottest trend in indoor gardening.

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What are air plants?

Air plants is a grouping of various plants that grow without soil, native to warm, humid climates such as the West Indies and South America. Their roots grab onto a variety of surfaces, from tree branches to rocks, and even roof tops. Unlike other plants, the leaves are the main portion that absorbs nutrients, from special scale-like structures called trichomes.

How do I take care of them?

Taking care of air plants is simple and easy, but must be followed specifically. Because their is no soil, watering is a unique process.

  • Instead of pouring water on the plant, individuals should soak them in water for a prolonged amount of time – most sources suggest around half an hour. Shake excess water from the base of the plant, and allow to dry. This process need only happen once a week, which makes care quick and effortless.
  • Monthly, add a bit of water soluble fertilizer to enhance the nutrients your plants receive.
  • Similarly, make sure the plants receive filtered sunlight – direct sunlight can harm them.
  • Most importantly, plants need their namesake: air. Make sure the plants are in an open area with room to soak up the nutrients in the air. If your plant’s leaves appear to be a little dry, feel free to mist lightly to raise the humidity around it.
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What kind of air plants are there?

Tillandsia is a category of approximately 650 types of plants, so the possibilities are absolutely endless. Looking to add more color to your life? Try out the ionantha. Otherwise, keep things simple with a plain green scaposa.

For thicker leaves check out the xerographica, and for thinner leaves give the victoria a chance. All air plants flower gorgeously – absolutely bursting with color, so at some point your garden will add a pop of color to your decor.

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Where can I get air plants?

Your local home improvement shop’s nursery section should house these lovely plants, as well as your local garden shop. If neither of these options are available, don’t worry! You can easily find air plants online, from easy places like Amazon to stores that specialize in plant care. Once you obtain your air plants it’s time to get creative when it comes to housing and arranging them – the possibilities are endless. Many stores offer air plants already housed in glass orbs or even magnetic ceramic pots.

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Get creative

If you prefer to let your creativity fly, try arranging a terrarium with various plant types. Start off with a container – any clear container will do, and fill with pebbles, sand, or layers of both. Arrange plants on top, and feel free to add any trinkets you have, such as crystals or figurines. Other options include hanging your plants from urchin shells to make them look like floating jellyfish.

And that’s it! It really is as simple as soak in water weekly, and you have yourself a stunning, artistic garden.

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