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Environmentally Conscious Farming of Air Plants

by Christian C.

Environmentally Conscious Farming of Air Plants

"Are your Air Plants Farmed, Propagated & Collected in an Environmentally Sustainable Way?"

The answer is: YES.


Many customers have been asking us about the sustainability practices of our air plant business. Considering that Tillandsias are predominantly a genus native to the tropical Americas, the inquiries about sustainability and conscious farming techniques are not unwarranted. In fact, there are some species, namely Xerographica and Harrisii, which were on the brink of extinction a few decades ago. At the time, it was legal to collect these slow growing, but prized plants right from the wild.

Today, exporters of these species must prove to their local agricultural department that the plants were nursery grown. Since the restrictions were passed, nurseryman throughout Latin America and USA have developed ways in which to farm protected species and increase the growth rate so they can be more quickly enjoyed in the home setting.

Here at the Air Plant Supply Co., we only work with suppliers certified by their respective state or country governments for Tillandsia exportation. This ensures that we are supporting a sustainable and environmentally conscious supply chain. When you place an order with us you can rest assured knowing that your new plants were obtained in an environmentally responsible way.

 




Christian C.
Christian C.

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2 Responses

l.nelson
l.nelson

July 26, 2016

The old “air plant” you may be referring to could be what we used lots of in the 1960’s-70’s, that actually was a type of moss, grown in water and then dried after harvesting. It was popular with the floral and decorative trade but I don’t believe it was a live plant. Christian and friends? Do you know what it is called?

Marion R Hoover
Marion R Hoover

June 14, 2016

I am looking for air plants like my mother used to have, they look more like a fern.

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