Tillandisia spp., more commonly known as air plants, are now the hottest new home decor trend. Here are five things to know about them.
1. They are clever little things
The reason why Tillandsia are nicknamed "Air Plants" is because they only need air and minimal water to survive. They get the majority of their nutrients from the air around them. They don't need soil.
2. They have root but very useful
Unlike other plants, the root is used to absorb nutrients from the soil. Air plants use their root to attach to things like trees, rocks, fences, and other structures. In trendy home nowadays, people use creative ways to attach them to sea shells, hang on walls, decorate a wreath or add life to a sculpture.
3. They tell you when they feel thirsty
Air plant will let you know whether or not they need water more often. If you see the leaves curl inwards it might try to tell you that they are getting a little too dry and need more water. When you are over-watering them it its leaves may turn brown or start to look soggy. It can lead to mould and rotting. Don't let it turn black. It means it is beyond saving.
4. An air plant flower only once in its lifetime
Tillandsia flower at maturity and will only bloom once in their lifetime. According to nurseries, the blossoms of air plants last from a few days to a few months. It can be beautiful bright colors, like pink, red and purple depends on its variety.
5. Air plants need sunlight
In general, air plants prefer bright and indirect light just like other indoor plants. Too much direct sunlight will deplete the moisture from air plants, and cause them to burn.