Tillandsia - How I Love Them So

I received my first air plant (that's Tillansia's common name) when I was 12. I don't really remember why I got it, but I believe my Mom picked it up for me at a local nursery. IMG_0054

I'm going to tell you a little bit about my favorite houseplant in this post, in hopes that it will become yours too. ;)

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I realize that most people look for the following in houseplants: 1. Flowers 2. Foliage 3. Free

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The air plant has all three. Except, I imagine, most people want houseplants with large, green leaves that are soft to the touch with a vibrant, glossy shine. Something like the golden pothos or even a rubber tree. Maybe a philodendron, too. Those are all great plant options, but, none are quite as versatile as the tillandsia.

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The tillandsia is a bromeliad. A pineapple is a bromeliad. Spanish moss is a bromeliad. A bromeliad is a type of plant. That's really all you need to know there.

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A tillandsia is an epiphyte. That means it doesn't need soil. It gathers all that it needs from sunlight, water and air.

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What I love most about air plants is that I can place them wherever I wish. In a dish, a pot, a bowl--or hanging from some fishing line.

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Tillandsia's reproduce pretty quickly too. Depending on the type of air plant, in less than 12 months, one plant can easily become four, five, six or even seven. That's what I meant when I said they were free--you just snap off the 'pups' from the 'mother' when you'd like another plant, or you can leave them together as a clump.

IMG_0061I was fortunate enough to find some beautiful antiques and pretty things at our local thrift store and my tillandsias look beautiful filling them up.

IMG_0062The tillandsia below is in bloom. Each plant only blooms once. After it blooms, it begins to produce pups. The mother plant will either die away in a few months or a few years. What a remarkable and captivating life cycle.

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So, this is my little introduction to air plants. I hope you'll consider them as an addition to you home. The one's above I ordered online from Air Plant City in Florida. Catherine Essigman is the owner and she will communicate directly with you about any questions you may have.