Airplants, Lugplante (Afr.)
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Tillandsia is the largest genus in the Bromeliaceae family, containing approximately 629 species of bromeliads. Commonly known as Air Plants, these plants are found from jungle to rainforest to arid desert environments, from sea level to high mountain regions. Tillandsias are perennial, evergreen flowering plants from South America and the West Indies. Usually the thinner the leaf, the more water is needed. Always water your air plants in the morning and make sure to shake off any excess water before setting them out to dry.
Not usually harvested
Break off a piece of the plant to grow in a new spot, division is best in spring.
Use a airy medium like bark or sand and hang up for best effect.
Beautiful screens or çurtains are made from Tillandsias. Use a frame of wire or rope and allow them to grow undisturb for a long time.
Southern America and the West Indies Islands
Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Grown for their beautiful foliage and flowers.
Pink, Purple, Red, Blue
Vulnerable to aphids while flowering.
Mostly planted on their own.