Giant Airplants – Tillandsia (4′ by 4′ in size)

Air plants look as if they came from another planet, but they’re native to the Americas, ranging from the southern United States to Argentina. In the wild, they use their roots to hang on the bark of trees, feeding on rainwater and bird poop they absorb through their leaves. There are more than 600 species and varieties of air plants, also called Tillandsias

  • Once a week, submerge air plants in water and let them sit there for hours.
  • Use rainwater or bottled drinking water. Softened water is high in salts that will burn the air plants, and tap water has minerals that can clog the trichomes on air plant leaves and keep them from absorbing nutrients.
  • Dry the air plants out. This is very important. After they soak, shake off excess water and put them in a bright spot for a couple of hours to dry.
  • Feed them once a month by adding water-soluble fertilizer for epiphytes, bromeliads or air plants to the water you dunk them in. These specialized fertilizers contain nitrogen in a form they can absorb.
  • Air plants like temperatures ranging between the 50s and 90s.
  • They thrive with temperature fluctuations. Give them a 10-degree temperature drop that mimics cool nights in their native jungle and they’ll flourish.
  • They cannot withstand a freeze. They’re totally tropical and need to come indoors for winter.
  • Make sure they get at least 4 to 6 hours of bright, filtered light per day. They’ll love a room with lots of windows.

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