If the first thing that comes to mind at the words "AIR Plants" are plants hanging and floating on air, then Yes! You've got it right!
Also known as Tillandsia, "Air Plants" are perennial flowering plants. They are unique because unlike other plants, they don’t need soil to stay alive or keep growing. Their roots are mainly used to anchor themselves to the objects that keep them hanging. The leaves are the ones that gather water. Their nutrients come from microorganisms and yes! Dust is one of them. They survive just about anywhere, warm places included. Needing only filtered light, they're perfect as indoor plants.
Best part is: a green thumb is not a requirement in caring for these plants. They're easily maintained and look pretty as accents on any art container.
To care for them, all you need to do is to soak the leaves upside down in water for 30minutes to 1 hour, once a week, then let them dry before displaying in your vases. A small arrangement makes an excellent, home-made gift for plant lovers!
Our local “cotton candy” and “Adriana" are used in the photos above. You can find them at Del’s Garden located at Quezon City Memorial Circle at very affordable prices. They range from Php 70.00 to Php 500.00 per plant, depending on variety and size. Containers are from FLOURISH shop in N. Domingo Street, Quezon City and Pottery Barn and West Elm in Capitol Commons, Pasig.
The photos above are my suggestions on how to use these pretty and practical plants for décor in the dining room, living room, or any area of the home that needs a refreshing, green touch. Happy decorating!