Is anyone into or have air plants here?
Im back after a long hiatus from Folia (7 years roughly).
Way back then, I tried to get into Tillandsia’s by starting off with a starter pack of about 30 plants for $100. Not sure what I did wrong, but all but one of them died. After virtually ignoring my greenhouse for 18 months, I went down the other day to start fresh, and it looks like that one is still limping along, although it looks rather pale.
Seem to be my problem with a lot of plants though, I kill them with kindness. The ones I ignore become weeds. Hopefully a fresh star5 now my kids have their own lives will let me get a bit more systematic in my care,and once the standard vege garden is up and running, I can give Tillandsias and Carnivorous plants (my other wishlist) another try.
I ended up killing my first few when I started which was super disappointing. Everyone was saying how can you do that they are the plant u can’t kill? They are one off easiest to take care of. I can assure you they are not. I now have around 150 and started a business selling different pieces of art with the air plants as the center of attention. I still find certain species and me just don’t get along and they die with me no matter what and the rest are just fine so they each have their own personality lol.
I have killed several, but now I have a nice big bush (?) growing on my lime tree outside. I think the key is to ignore them completely. Maybe give them a bit of a water spray in the height of summer. The ones I killed were the ones I paid attention to.
I love these & this is my story. I got a couple of ‘Ionanthas’ 5 years ago at a plant show that have multiplied now to over a dozen grouped in 2 large seashells on my porch where they get filtered morning sun & bright light all day. I live in humid south Louisiana but still spritz them lightly about once every 2 weeks. I also soak them 10 minutes once a month in fresh rain water I collect in a rain barrel. I’ve added about 7 other varieties I’ve bought in the last 2 years that live in seashells on my tub sides in bright light from windows there & thrive in the humidity of the bathroom. My latest I purchased at a plant show in April is the ‘xerographica’. In 5 months it has noticeably grown in my house on a window sill over my kitchen sink with spritzing twice a week & 10 minute soaks every other week in collected rain water.
I have 2 Ionanthas to trade if anyone has other varieties to trade for them.