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Ok, so you think you have a brown thumb? How about trying to grow a plant that needs no water and no soil and isn't plastic?
It's not a joke. The family I am talking about has some varieties that actually need nothing but a table or other plant to rest. The Tillandsias are su
ch a plant. Tillandsia is the largest genus in the bromeliad family they are often called air plants but they seemingly grow with just air. The reality is you need to mist your plant once in a while, but beyond that these plants should be able to stay alive with nearly zero care! There are thousands of varieties of these plants.
Many people do not water often enough. If your Tillandsias are not getting water from natural rain or humidity is very low like in the winter, you should water them. I let mine soak once a week in a tub of water with a very light amount of liquid fertilizer usually ¼ of the recommended amount.
Too little light is a common mistake. If your plants are inside, they need to be near a window to receive adequate light. Remember bright light but not direct sun.
Most Tillandsias are epiphytes and grow in trees and rocks. Putting them in soil or covering their bases with moss can keep them too wet and cause them to rot.
Too much fertilizer can burn air plants. With most liquid fertilizers ¼ to ½ tsp. per gallon of water applied once a month will keep your bromeliads healthy.
The bromeliad family has some other plants that need some care but again these plants need very little. In terms of water, you just want to keep the center of the plant, the cup, full of water and you should be fine.
Most importantly, do not over water these plants. Just fill the cup.
For more information please go to the bromeliad society. http://bsi.org/
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