Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of tillandsias, also known as airplants! These remarkable plants are masters of adaptation, deriving their nutrients from the humidity in their environment. The apt name “air plant” illustrates their unique way of life. Compared to many other houseplants, tillandsias require less maintenance, making them a popular choice for any plant lover.
Humidity and Trichomes: The Secret of Tillandsias
Tillandsias' ability to draw moisture from the air lies in their trichomes, the tiny downy hairs on their leaves. These hairs act like fine sponges that absorb air moisture and thus ensure the plant's nutrition. Originally native to regions with higher humidity, indoor tillandsias require additional care to maintain their optimal health and splendor.
General care tips for tillandsias
- Spraying and Dipping: Tillandsias like to be sprayed or dipped in water regularly. This ensures that her trichomes are provided with the moisture they need.
- Basic drying rule: Allow the tillandsias to dry completely before moistening them again. This protects them from rot and allows healthy breathing.
- Choosing a location: Choose a well-lit location for your air plants. Bright, indirect sunlight is ideal, but direct sunlight should be avoided to prevent burns.
- Temperature Care: Protect your air plants from extreme temperatures, especially frost. Temperatures below zero degrees Celsius can be harmful.
- Indoor Care: While Tillandsias enjoy growing in open environments, they should be removed from enclosed containers when sprayed or bathed.
Care by environment: Open, glass or closed glass
- Air Plant in Open Environment: During warmer months, air plants should be misted three to four times per week. In colder months, spraying once a week is sufficient.
- Air plant in open glass: Care is similar to that in an open environment. However, be sure to remove the plants from the jar before misting them.
- Air Plant in Closed Jar: Mist the plants weekly (every two weeks in colder months) with a quick mist and then place them back in the jar. If the inside of the jar becomes damp, temporarily remove the plant to prevent rot.
Water supply and growth in detail
- Spraying: Spray the tillandsias with low-lime water every 2-3 days. It is best to use rainwater or non-carbonated mineral water.
- Weekly Soak: This is the safest way to ensure optimal hydration. Submerge the plants in water for 1-2 hours before allowing them to dry thoroughly.
- Correct water selection: Lime-free water is crucial for watering tillandsias, as lime can clog the pores. The amount of water depends on environmental conditions; less water is necessary in winter than in summer.
With proper care, tillandsias can thrive in any room and reveal their unique beauty. The world of airiness and elegance is waiting to be discovered by you!