Those who weren’t blessed with a green thumb, but still want to decorate with plants, should consider Tillandsias, commonly known as air plants.
Native to Central and South America, as well as the West Indies and the southern United States (residents at The Connection in Hunstville, Texas are surely familiar), air plants have no need for soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through their leaves.
With more than 650 types to choose from, you’re sure to find a few you like. Keep them healthy using these air plant care tips:
- As soon as you get your air plants, soak them in water for 30 minutes.
- Repeat the soaking ritual, using rainwater or filtered water, on a weekly basis to keep plants hydrated.
- Store plants in a spot where air circulates freely. As the name indicates, air is important to their survival!
- Air plants do best with bright, indirect light. If you decide to keep yours outdoors (the balconies at Valley View Villas in Albuquerque, New Mexico could work), make sure they’re in partial shade.
- Don’t keep an air plant anywhere colder than 45 degrees or it will die.
- Feel free to snip dried leaf tips. Doing so won’t damage your plants.
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