I recently made a little discovery while shopping at a local garden shop. I came across a small display of spiky, kinda-creepy looking tiny green plants. And I probably would’ve walked right on by if it wasn’t for another patron who started praising these plants, known as Air Plants.
She explained that these plants don’t need soil to survive and that she keeps hers in candle holders! Occasionally she mists them but otherwise they require very little care. Needless to say, I was very intrigued by this plant I’d never heard of before and I bought a few for myself!
After some research, I’ve learned that Epiphytes, or air plants, belong to the bromeliad family (the same family as orchids). In nature they only grow outdoors in tropical regions, but they can thrive indoors with proper care. Air plants will attach themselves to a “home base” and that can be anything like a tree bark, moss, rock or even a candle holder! But they take all their nutrients from the water they absorb from the air.
There is a great link which describes how to best care for your air plants. They can be found in the cactus section of most larger sized nurseries. With proper indoor care, most air plants live up to eight years and occasionally they will flower and then multiply.
They come in a range of different shapes and sizes. I’ve passed on the littlest ones to my daughter to care for. The friendly patron did insist they were great for children!
As for the larger air plant, I immediately thought of a tea cup and saucer that my husband was given by his late grandmother before she passed away. I placed the air plant inside the tea cup and have decided that this will be the plant’s new home.
Where would you place your air plants?