1. They don't live of soil, but they do have roots
This root is used by air plants in nature to hold on to rocks, branches or other Tillandsia buddies. Air plants are completely self-supporting, they get their nutrients all by themselves from the humidity or rain and do not take nutrients from their 'host'.
Are your Tillandsia on a platter? Then you can cut the root off, the plant absorbs its nutrients through the scales of the leaves, also called triumphs.
2. Air plants only bloom once in their lives
It is beautiful to see and a real reward for the eye after good care. In the flowering period of the air plants the leaves of some species turn red and beautiful flowers can come out of the air plants with bright colors like pink, red and bright orange! Sad but true: Air plants only bloom once in their life.
But don't be sad! Every period in life has something beautiful and even after the flowering period the Air Plant can still mean something to you.After the flowering period, the Sky Plant may look a little less 'alive', but it doesn't die right away. It will live for a little while longer to put its last energy into producing pups. Read more below!
3. You can propagate air plants yourself by the puppies
Just before, during or after the flowering period of the Air Plant, the plant will fully focus on making baby Air Plants, also called puppies. The pups grow on the side of the mother plant and can grow into adult Air Plants. When the puppy is about 2/3 of the mother plant, you can gently pull it off and it can continue to live on its own.
An adult air plant can produce as many as 2-8 pups if properly cared for. WOW!
4. Tillandsia Selleriana is used as a house by ants!
The Tillandsia Seleriana is a large and especially relatively heavy species within the species Tillandsia. This plant is also called the 'ant plant', because the Tillandsia Seleriana with its large convex shape likes to be visited and inhabited by ants. Of course, this only occurs in the wild and not for the cultivated Tillandsia Seleriana. So don't worry when you buy one. ;)
5. Airplants are more likely to die of too much water than too little!
Tillandsias are real survivors when it comes to survival. They can recover from various neglects, such as lack of water or lack of air. What the Tillandsia can't recover from is too much water and not being able to dry properly. It is important to let your Air Plant dry completely before you water it again. If water remains in the Air Plant or between the leaves, the leaves of the plant will rot. Tillandsia plant must have processed the water within 4 hours. You can speed up this process a little by placing the plant in the fresh air or sun for a while, because of this the water that remains between the leaves evaporates.
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