It’s likely you haven’t heard about aerial plants so far. Not a big issue, neither have i until a few days ago when i discovered that these minimalist and self sustainable plants can be easily integrated in our homes, and they can even replace the classical plants.
But let’s start with the beginning, with their origin which is in South America and the South of North America.
Their scientific name is Tillandasia, which is a genus that names around 650 species of aerial plants. These plants do not need soil in order to live, nor do they need as much attention as classical plants. Soil and nutrients are absorbed from the air through the leaves, the roots being mainly used as anchors. Their leaves do not only absorb the water from the air, but they also store the water in the tissue for long periods of time. As a result, even if you go on your holiday and forget to water your aerial plant it will not die as easily as a regular plant.
One can encounter these plants in desert areas, tropical forests and also at altitudes of over 2000 meters, as they are perfectly suited for living in the most diverse areas.
At your first encounter with an aerial plant, at least your curiosity will be tickled.
“Why?” – you might ask yourself.
Well, here comes the answer:
You, I and maybe most of the persons around us are used to plants that can be seen in flowerpots, vases or any other such recipients that are filled with soil or water.
Well, when it comes to aerial plants the issue is a bit different. As they do not need soil or water permanently, you can place them on ceramic, wooden or metallic supports on your office or even build your own green wall with them. You might even be able to attach them to other plants you own, as they are not parasites the main plant will not suffer, it will only offer support to your aerial plant.
It’s easy to integrate them anywhere you live or work, starting even with your bathroom, office, bedroom or even your kitchen, as long as they do not get direct sunlight. No more than 1-3 hours of early morning or late afternoon direct sunlight are recommended for aerial plants.
Even if they take their nutrients and water from air, it is recommended that once or twice a week you sink them in stagnant or plain water for 10-15 minutes. This way, you ensure yourself that your pretty aerial plant will not suffer and in the end die due to lack of water.
They might not need as much attention as classical plants, but you should still check on them from time to time. Meaning, if their color changes it might be due to too much direct sunlight, or if the shape of the leaves changes, more watering might be needed. If the environment is not humid enough, every two days you can also spray the plants with plain water, in order to keep the humidity level high enough.
I have to disclose the fact that i discovered these plants when i stumbled into Aerium.ro. Through them i discovered also the best way to highlight aerial plants. They place aerial plants in glass recipients with a little white or black sand (the choice belongs to you) or place them on rock or wooden supports. You can either have your aerial plants hanged from the ceiling or place them on your shelf, or even on your office. Any choice you make, these minimalist plants will add an elegant touch to any interior.
Sincerely i have fallen in love with these plants and for sure i have to purchase one for myself as soon as possible.
*This is NOT an advertorial article*
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