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Caring for Air Plant Christmas Trees
Thank you so much for ordering our handmade Christmas Trees! For every tree sold, Air Plant Supply Co. will donate an extra $3 to support our primary schools in Guatemala. Once you finish admiring its beauty it is time to water the tree. Follow the instructions below.
5 Ways to Display Your Air Plants
From glass terrariums to driftwood to vertical gardens, the adaptations that air plants (tillandsia) have made in the wild allow them to be used in many different types of design and displays. Here are are 5 ways to design with air plants in your home!
What are Air Plants?

Air plants are actually called Tillandsias, which happens to be part of the Bromeliaceae or Bromeliad species. They have also been labelled as Epiphytes, as they do not need to have soil to grow. The air plant is often found in the jungles, mountain tops, and deserts, of Central and South America, and Mexico and the the southern United States in North America.

Air Plant Watering: The Soaking Method
Here at the Air Plant Supply Co., we have found that air plants do best when you soak them in water. It's important to remember that air plants take in all their nutrients through their leaves not through the roots.The roots serve only to attach the air plant to a host tree or rock or even the ground, nothing more.
Spanish Moss: Tillandsia Usneoides
Spanish Moss is probably the most common Air Plant in the United States. In fact, I’m sure you’ve probably stumbled upon it. Think of that quintessential southern city. Is it Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, or perhaps even the home of Air Plant Supply Co., St. Augustine, Florida.
All About Air Plants: The Genus Tillandsia
A member of the Bromeliad or Bromeliaceae family, Tillandsia consists of a genus of approximately 540 species. Most commonly found in South America, Central America, parts of Mexico and the southern-most border states of the United States, these plants thrive in the deserts, mountains and forests areas of these regions.
Air Plant In Focus: Tillandsia Tectorum Ecuador
Tillandsia Tectorum, one of our customers' favorite air plants, is native to Ecuador and Peru where it can be found growing in large populations on Andean cliff faces and outcroppings. The large, fuzzy trichomes and overall whimsical appearance appearance of the plant have made it exceptionally popular among both air plant novices and enthusiasts.
Easy Propagation of Air Plants
What’s better than a small family of beautiful air plants? Answer: A large family of air plants and pups! Your air plants want to pass on their genes and will eventually start growing small “pups” at their base.
What are Ionanthas?
The Ionanthas are a special type of Tillandsia and probably one of the first air plants that you will encounter in your search for small plants. The Tillandsia Ionanthas are generally 1-3 inch tall plants that look like a miniature version of the top of a pineapple with several pointed leaves.
Top 10 Small Air Plants
Air Plants (Tillandsias) come in all shapes and sizes. Their varying size is one of their most unique attributes. Here at our greenhouse we have seen Ionantha Mexican that would fit on your thumbnail, Xerographicas as large as beach balls, and everything in between.
Trichomes: Not Mold, Mildew, or a Fungus!
Customers often email and call us about an unusual white, fuzzy substance on the leaves of their new air plants. They are always pleased to find out that this white fuzz is nothing to worry about, in fact, it’s the sign of a healthy, happy air plant.
Want to Start a Successful Business?
Due to their popularity and ease of care, air plants are an easy item to add to well-curated retail settings. We have seen our plants featured in jewelry stores, gift shops, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and of course florist and botanical shops.
Air Plant in Focus: Tillandsia Stricta
Tillandsia Stricta is an air plant variety. Sticta is commonly crossed with other popular varieties of air plants to produce vigorous, beautiful hybrids. Sticta are usually shorter stemmed and reproduce in clumps.
Air Plant Pests
Mealybugs: These pests create a wax-like coating on the leaves. They have no wings, flat white in color and have softer bodies. Damage is created when they draw sap from the plant tissue using their mouths. If you believe you may have mealybugs, look in the areas where your stems and leaves meet.
Air Plant Light Requirements
When discussing air plants and the lighting requirements, we usually refer to 3 main lighting types. Filtered, Dappled, and Full to Partial Sun.
Air Plant Watering
Proper watering, air circulation, proper sunlight and medium temps (fifty to ninety degrees) are the keys for air plant care. Different varieties can require different environments to flourish. 
Bromeliads
Bromeliads consist of a wide variety of plants with the ability to flourish in a diverse set of climates. The appearance of their foliage is also varied. The leaves can appear symmetrical or irregular in shape.
What are Epiphytes?
Plants come in all shapes and sized and live in diverse climates and ecosystem. From the hardy arctic plants of the north to underwater phytoplanktons that live near deep sea hydrothermal vents, all of these plants have adapted to their environments and carved out niches that have allowed them to thrive on this planet.