Air Plants Are a Unique Addition

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Air plants (also known as Tillandsia) make a unique addition to any home or landscape (during the right temperatures).

These are great plants for anyone, especially those that might not necessarily have a green thumb!  What I like most about them is that they don’t require soil to grow so, they are a very low maintenance plant.  They only need moderate light and to be soaked in water once a week.

With that being said, Bertha Lynn (www.denverchannel.com) and I are going to show our wonderful viewers today on the 11:30 news some examples of air plants, how to care for them and some creative ways to display them.

Here are some helpful tips on Air Plants (information from www.airplantsupplyco.com):

When you purchase a new air plant, soak in water (submerged) for 20 minutes, shake off excess water and plant in a location with good light.

Don’t put in a place where they will get more than a couple hours of direct sun.

Feel free to mist them occassionally with a water spray bottle.

Wrinkled or rolled leaves are signs they need watering more often.

They like to be in locations between 50 and 90 degrees F.

For the best health, fertilize with a Bromeliad fertilizer once a month between March and October.  Fertilization isn’t necessary but, will help with the best reproduction or blooming capabilities.

Trim off any dead or dried up leaves.  You won’t hurt them!

Get creative with displaying them!  You can put them on anything or in different types of containers.  You can hang them from fishing line, use hot glue on the base to adhere them to something else or use a piece of wire. 

If you’d like more information, please contact Designscapes Colorado at info@designscapes.org.  Thank you.

If you’d like to watch the link from today’s news segment, please follow the link here: 

http://www.youtube.com/user/7NewsDenver/videos

or at 

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/video

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4 Responses to Air Plants Are a Unique Addition

  1. Merce Lea says:

    How often do I need to ‘dunk’ my air plants in water as you described on Ch. 7 today.

    • phil says:

      Dear Merce,
      The team here at Designscapes Colorado wanted to take a moment to thank you for your comment on our daily blog. We truly appreciate your feedback. We would like to extend an invitation to you to continue to comment on our blogs. We will do our best to respond to your comment or question in a timely manner. We value your opinion and your comments and questions matter to us. To answer your question you only want to dunk your air plants in water once a month. Any more than this and the plant will die from over watering. Hanging air plants do really well in areas of the home such as bathrooms where there is a lot of humidity to keep them continually moist. In an area such as the bathroom you would want to supplement the plant’s water by using a spray bottle a few times a week.
      Sincerely,
      Designscapes Colorado

  2. Sandy Merrell says:

    Tell me where to get the hanging, glass ball, used on the program, please.

    • phil says:

      Dear Sandy,
      The team here at Designscapes Colorado wanted to take a moment to thank you for your comment on our daily blog. We truly appreciate your feedback. We would like to extend an invitation to you to continue to comment on our blogs. We will do our best to respond to your comment or question in a timely manner. We value your opinion and your comments and questions matter to us. To answer your question, you can purchase the hanging glass balls that were featured on the program at westelm.com.
      Sincerely,
      Designscapes Colorado

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