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About Air Plants

ALL ABOUT AIR PLANTS (Tillandsia)

Tillandsia is the technical name for air plants. They are a member of the Bromeliad family and are native to the forests, mountains and desert regions between Argentina and South America. Their environments range vastly from tropical rainforests to intense desert. Heavy, thick leafed Tillandsia hail from the more exposed regions with lower rainfall while the greener, softer leaf plants are found in more protected environments.

Tillandsias are natural epiphytes. Meaning that while they grow on a host, usually another tree, rock or object, they do not steal nutrients from their host. Tillandsias use tiny vessels located throughout their leaves, called trichomes, to capture nutrients and moisture from the air within its environment. They also love to receive constant air flow and love either morning sunshine or all day filtered light.

These amazing plants are becoming increasingly popular due to their amazing ability to use their root system for anchoring and not as a source of growth. Therefore the roots can be cut or glued onto a host for anchoring and this gives endless opportunities for home and office décor.

Although these plants are some of the easiest plants to grow and maintain, they DO still need water, sunshine and TLC to live and thrive. They are slow growing plants and you will be rewarded when your air plant blooms. Their flowers are stunning, and range from the brightest reds, oranges, pinks and purples. Even though most air plants only flower once in their lifetime, they then go on to produce ‘pups’ and in turn these pups will grow and flower and so the cycle continues.

Earlier this year (2016) the Australian Government imposed a ban on the importation of all Tillandsia.  Our plants for sale are all organically grown in Australia from seed.  This process takes many years which is why some of your favourite varieties may be available only in limited numbers or may not be currently available.  

To learn how to care for your air plants, visit our Care Instructions page.


 

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