Air plants are such strange, fascinating plants since they grow on top of surfaces rather than in the ground. There are many types of epiphytic plants (see our blog on staghorn ferns), but when we hear "air plant" we typically think of species in the genus Tillandsia.
One reason we love air plants so much is that they're so easy to care for - even if you have branded yourself with a black thumb!
Air plants thrive in bright indirect light, so they're perfect for hanging in your north or west facing windows. Due to their epiphytic nature, there are countless creative ways to display them. Try sticking them on a piece of driftwood or setting them in hanging glass globes. We have some beautifully simple, modern air plant holders made by shop co-owner Megan George.
Air plants are easy (and fun!) to water. We recommend misting them once or twice weekly. Keep an eye on them to make sure they dry off within a few hours, or you may have issues down the road due to overwatering. We carry Air Plant Food in the store, which is a fertilizer you can mist them with monthly. It's best to do this on a day that you water the plants. Although not necessary, feeding your air plants keeps them looking vibrant and encourages them to bloom.
Do you have any air plants you're proud of for being stunning in and of themselves, or perhaps you have a great set up for them? Find us on Instagram and tag your plants so we can see!