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Posted by Jackie Levine on July 22, 2014 | Last Updated: September 11, 2014 Air Plants Flowers

Air Plants: A Background and Care Tips for Our Beautiful New Plants

Air plants are formally referred to as Tillandsia. They are actually available in more than 550 species as well as in an assortment of hybrid forms. They tend to grow naturally in Mexico and in both Central and South America. About 16 species are known to be native in Florida.

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Air plants can be placed virtually anywhere.  From a kitchen window sill to driftwood, it’s your choice as to where you want to grow them. Keep in mind that regardless of where you put them, they will need to be watered. Also, plan on bringing any outside air plants inside during the colder months because they don’t need to endure temperatures that dip below 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

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When it comes to mounting your air plants, it’s perfectly okay to do so using waterproof glue. In fact, regular glue would be fine; however, being that you’ll need to water your air plants on a regular basis, there’s a good chance that the glue will get wet, thus being the reason it needs to be waterproof.

It’s highly advised that you do not add any sphagnum moss to the base of your air plants. They need to dry out entirely between the time periods that you water them, and if you place moss around them, this could hold water, which would lead to your plants rotting and dying.

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When it comes to light, you’ll want your air plants to be covered in as much bright light as possible. But keep in mind that they do not need to be placed in direct sunlight. As far as keeping them close to windows, it’s usually suggested that they be no further than 10 feet away from windows that receive lots of light.

Also, in terms of lighting, incandescent light bulbs will not suffice. You’ll need to keep them covered in bright fluorescent lights. And make sure to not use spot lights as this type of lighting projects too much heat.

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Lastly, when it comes to growing beautiful air plants, make sure that you thoroughly soak them watering. In fact, once you get through with watering, it should appear that they have just sat through a calm rain storm. Their leaves should be soaked on both the tops and bottoms.

If you want to buy one of our beautiful new Air Plants, please order them on our website or call us at 617-354-7553!