About Air Plants (Tillandsias)
Tillandsias commonly known as Air Plants, are native from deserts, forests and mountain regions of southern parts of the United States, Mexico, Central and South America. They are therefore plants that don’t need much water. They are part of the Bromeliad genus, and they are epiphytic (able to grow without soil). There are over 400 recognized species, with new varieties still being discovered. Air plant flowers are extremely beautiful and can bloom for many months, given the right conditions.
Air Plants are very adaptable, tolerating a wide climatic range of conditions. Once established in their new surroundings, they will grow, flower and thrive.
Air Plants vary greatly in size, shape and texture. Beautiful (sometimes fragrant) flowers are another remarkable feature of these plants. The flowers vary in colour, from purples, reds, pinks, yellows and whites. The blooming cycle for some rapidly growing species may be only two or three weeks.
Air Plants reproduce by seed and offset. In their native habitats, they have adapted to conditions of often brisk air movement and intense sunlight. The plants have evolved a fuzzy, cottony attachment on the seed coat, this parachute-like apparatus allows the seed to travel on air currents for long distances. For this reason, you will find them high in trees and telegraph wires, where they rapidly colonize new habitat sites. Tillandsia offsets, are called pups and can be left attached to the parent plant, eventually forming an attractive clump, or they can be separated and attached to something else to become a single plant. Their beautiful flowers are perfect for floral arrangements in single or multiple plant combinations.
Air Plants have the ability, thanks to its special photosynthesis, to regenerate and purify the atmosphere.