Tillandsias, plants that feed on airWhile some living things would like to feed on love and fresh water, others manage to be satisfied with the ambient air. This is the case with the tillandsias, these exotic plants with funny shapes that absorb water through their long, fleshy leaves. By a strange phenomenon of capillarity, they retain the slightest drop of rain or rosé, and capture the minerals in the waters flowing from the canopy. Freed from the constraint of keeping their feet on the ground, these explorers do not hesitate to go and discover the heights. They then use their roots to attach themselves to all the supports that cross their ascent: tree branches, rocks, pylons or even electric wires… Well secured on their host, they then sway in the wind with elegance, which is what makes them worth the pretty nickname of "air girls".
Epiphytic plants that cling to other trees
Tillandsia, a multifaceted air girl
Tillandsia usnéoides, vegetable hair that plays with light
Tillandsia, how to cultivate it?Accustomed to the living conditions of the rainforest, the air girls adapt very well to our interiors, where they are ultimately much easier to grow than you might think. But beware, you still have to follow a few rules! Indeed, if they seem to feed on the ambient air, it needs to be as charged with humidity as the Amazon dew. In practice, they must therefore be sprayed generously and regularly: twice a day in hot and dry weather, and twice a week in winter. In the spring, consider adding a few drops of liquid fertilizer to your fogger to provide minerals that are not in the air. Finally, your tillandsias need a lot of light, but do not tolerate direct sunlight. On the other hand, once they have found their place and you have got into the habit of humidifying them, they will wear like a charm!
The ideal plant to install in a pendant light… without soil of course