Rainforest Flora – One of the oldest air plants nurseries in North America. Rainforest Flora grows Tillandsia for wholesale and retail customer. Matti has covered Tillandsia collection of Rainforest Flora here.
Air Plants – if you are a traditional gardener, growing plants in the air without soil and containers might be a completely new idea for you but it would definitely be a great experience. Air Plants refer to more than 500 species of Tillandsia that belong to Bromeliad family. These epiphytic plants are native to forests, mountains and deserts of Central and South America though some species of Air Plants are also found in certain regions of Mexico and North America. They are called Air Plants because they absorb moisture and nutrients from air. Some species do have basic root structure but they use their roots to cling to trees, plant or poles. Air Plants do not take nutrients from host plants; they rely on moisture and nutrients naturally found in the air.
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How to Grow Air Plants
Air Plants are easy to grow and do not require much maintenance provided that you provide them just ample amount of light and moisture. Most air plants do well in filtered light and do not like direct sunlight and fog. When growning outdoors, you can place your plants at locations where they get filtered sunlight and moderate temperature (95 F, maximum). If you are growing your plants indoors, make sure they get ample light away from the window. Direct exposure to strong light would take away essential moisture from the plant; poor lighting conditions would make your plants weak.
Keep your plants at places where air circulation is good. Spray your plants with water 2 – 3 times a week in moderate or humid conditions; moisten them regularly when weather is hot and dry. If a plant starts to curl, it is thirsty. Soak it in water overnight and it will be back to life. Add general purpose fertilizer (1/4 of the recommended strength) to spray in summer and fall.
Popular varieties include: Tillandsia Ionantha, Tillandsia Xerographica, Tillandsia Circinnata and Tillandsia Usneoides.
Air Plants for Your Garden
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Air Plants are very adaptable. They can be grown in apartments where it is difficult to keep regular containers because of lack of space. They can be used in floral arrangements, in rock gardens, in vertical wall gardens or just as companion plants in your garden. They can also be used as ornamental plants grown almost anywhere indoors (kitchen, bath rooms, living rooms etc.).
With this post, I would conclude this virtual tour to my succulent garden. Today, I am exhibiting some of the succulent plants that did not fit the categories of succulent plants I exhibited earlier that included Agaves, Cacti and Haworthia. In this post, I am exhibiting Aloe, Stapelia, Euphorbia and other succulents.
Now some photographs of Howarthias in my succulent garden. Most of my Howarthia plants grow in dish gardens and grow well in both plastic and terracotta dishes. These pictures show some of my favorite Howarthia plants including Howarthia Truncata and Howarthia Limifolia.
Here is second part of virtual tour to my succulent garden. In this post, I am showing cacti in my collection. You can see Ariocarpus – the Living Rocks (including restusus, agavoides and kotschoubeyanus), Thelocactus, Coryphantha Elephantides, Neoportaria Repifera, Capiopoa Cineria, Strombocactus, Echinocereus and Melocactus.
Finally, my succulent garden is in good shape; it has undergone major redesign. Before I take you to a detailed virtual tour of my succulent garden, let me show a panoramic view of the rooftop where these succulents live.
Let’s start with a welcome note 🙂
Here is a full view of my succulent garden.
These are some of larger specimens of Agave plants in my collection. You can see Agave Stricta and Agave Stritata in large terracotta containers as well as a couple of Agave Guiengola in small containers.
Again, some older Agaves including Agave Lophantha, Agave Potatorum and Agave Victoria.
Some offshoots from my Agave plants.
This section exhibits some cacti. The most prominent in this picture are Astrophytum Myrostigma and Astrophytum Ornatum. You can also see species of Copiapoa and Notocactus.
This picture shows a smaller section dedicated to Hawothias, Aloes and other succulents.
I use both plastic and terracotta containers for them.
There is yet another section for young seedlings. You can see 1.5 year old Melocactus and Astrophytum from my own seeds.