Air Plants

Tillandsia spp.

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Advanced

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Not usually harvested

Propagation

Division

Break off a piece of the plant to grow in a new spot, division is best in spring.

Special features

Pot plant

Use a airy medium like bark or sand and hang up for best effect.

Hedge plant

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.

Special features

Origin

Southern America and the West Indies Islands

Natural climate

Temperate, Sub-tropical

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Air

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Grown for their beautiful foliage and flowers.

Personality

Family

Bromeliaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, Red, Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Vulnerable to aphids while flowering.

Related Problems

Companion plants

Mostly planted on their own.
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