Saturday, March 1, 2008
I've received my tillandsia plants via the post.
I am just delighted with the seller (www.airplants4u.com). I was a little wary of ordering from a business that had no listing on garden watchdog, but it was worth the risk. His prices were more than reasonable, he sent along 2 surprise "bonus" plants, the shipping was reasonably fast... all around it was a great experience.
Tillandsia (commonly referred to as air plants) are a type of bromeliad, and are epiphytic, meaning they grow on trees in their natural habitats. They do not require soil, and absorb water through their leaves, as opposed to roots.
They are lovely little plants that bloom once in their life, but do produce babies.
I will mount them on a piece of driftwood (but they can be mounted on shells, rocks, branches, etc.) using a non-water-soluble glue like silicone caulk. They should be soaked 2-3 times per week using the hose, kitchen sink, or shower head. Some spritz their air plants daily, but from what I understand, its generally not a sufficient watering technique, though Im sure some are successful with it.
I now have in my collection:
1 Ionatha Rubra
1 clump of Tenuifolia Bronze Tip
1 Crocata v. Tristis
1 Aeranthos Mini Purple