I am always on the lookout for easy to care indoor plants. Anyone can succeed with tillandsia, commonly known as “air plants”. They are actually bromeliads, native to southern United States, as well as Mexico, Central and South America. These fascinating plants grow on rocks and trees without soil.
Find a spot in your house with bright filtered light and good air circulation and they will be happy. In the winter months, they will even take direct sunlight. Thoroughly wet them two to three times per week. Plants should dry in no longer than four hours. Do not leave them in standing water. Fertilize bi-monthly with a Superthrive solution. Optimum temperature is 50 to 90 degrees. Once the plant has grown to maturity, it blooms for a month or two. After blooming, new plants will form around the base.
They vary in hues and sizes. Single small ones look great in hanging glass balls, or in a small glass bowl. Large specimens or clusters of smaller ones are striking in a large open bowl of wood or glass – simple, yet elegant.