Welcome to Funny Farm Bromeliads
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Tillandsia, also know as Air Plants, are the largest genus in the Bromeliad family with over 500 species. Tillandsias come in many varieties with different shapes, sizes that range from 2″ to 12″, and once mature they can flower with a beautiful spectrum of bright long-lasting blooms. The plants do not require soil, as they are epiphytes, that absorb their nutrients through their leaves instead of through a root system. These air plants earn their easy upkeep by filtering airborne particles throughout the day, so be sure to provide good ventilation. Tillandsias really are the ultimate houseplant with their easy care and their resistance to common indoor/outdoor bugs and any diseases. However, it is very important to maintain them properly with adequate attention to light, water, and air circulation.
Let the SUN shine in!
Light is one of the most important things for your air plants, you want to be sure to allow plenty of indirect sun or light via an artificial light source. Many varieties will tolerate sun, but bright filtered light is best April through October. To ensure that your plant is getting enough light place plants no further away than 3 feet in front of a bright window. If the leaves become brown on the tips or develop brown spots they may be getting too much sunlight. The ideal temperature is between 60 and 90 degrees F.
During the winter months, November through March, direct light is ok as the sun will not be strong enough to damage the leaves. Be careful not to let the plants touch a cold window, in a cold draft or be in temperatures below 40, as it will easily damage the leaves.
Feeding your Tillandsia
Tillandsias like fertilizer, if possible use a bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) that is water soluble and dilute to half strength. Mist your Tillandsias with the solution once a month. Fertilizer will help the Tillandsias grow, bloom, and produce more pups. If you do not use bromeliad fertilizer it is possible to use other water-soluble fertilizers at 1/4 strength.
When watering your Tillandsia be sure to water in the morning 1-3 times a week, depending on your climate, and spray them until they are wet. Following each watering, Tillandsias should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in 4 hours or less. Do not keep plants constantly wet or moist. It is very important to water in the morning, allowing the plants to dry all day as the leaves MUST be dry at night to allow the plant to breathe. During the night the stomata, a small pore found in the epidermis of the leaves, opens and closes, which takes in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen.
The ideal water for your Tillandsias is rainwater, as it is rich in nutrients and the use of additional fertilizers would not necessary. If you are using tap water it is advised to leave the water out for 24 hours which will allow potentially harmful chemicals and chlorine to evaporate. Your plants watering needs will fluctuate with the seasons, requiring more misting in the summer months. The natural curve of the plant’s leaves will become exaggerated when the plant is getting too dry. In most cases the plants are forgiving and if they begin to dry out they can be easily rehydrated with an overnight soak to perk back up.
Over watering will cause the plant to rot very quickly, for they are highly susceptible to mold and decay if left in standing water or watered too frequently. When watering plants that live in orbs and terrariums it is important to remove the plant from their “home” and make sure that they are completely dry before returning them. If the plant is mounted in a shell, be sure to empty the water out. Tillandsias will not survive in standing water.