Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tillandsia

Tillandsias have become very popular house plants - and for good reasons. They are easy to care for, inexpensive and come in a variety of foliage and flower colors.

Tillandsias are air plants, members of the Bromeliad family. They are native to Central and South America, the southern US and the Caribbean. They do not require soil or special planters. You can display them in whatever bowl or container suits your imagination.

The three key requirements for these plants are:

  • Water - these plants draw what they need from moisture in the air and the water you give them. Give them a quick soak, 5 minutes or so, two or three times a week, depending on how dry or humid your home is. Once or twice a month, add a Bromeliad or other water soluble fertilizer to the water, following package directions. 
  • Light - tillandsias like bright light, so put them near a sunny window. They can take direct sunlight in winter months and filtered sunlight in summer. 
  • Air circulation - tillandsias need good air circulation. They need to be in a spot where they can dry out completely within four hours of being watered.