Air Plants- Tillandsia Stricta ‘Soft Leaf’
The striking Tillandsia Stricta is one of the more popular air plants and does well indoors. Native to Trinidad, Brazil, Venezuela, and northern Argentina. This air plant is able to grow on sand dunes as well as in trees so you can imagine how many different climates it can survive in.
Thrives on a variety of surfaces, so you can place them on wood, rocks, seashells, ceramics and anything else your creative imagination can think of! The variation found in different Stricta varieties leaves is due in large part to them living in a variety of temperatures and climates. The leaf of this variety is soft, as the name suggests with silver and light green coloring.
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- These members of the Bromeliad family can be found growing wild all over the southern USA and they are more popular than ever as easy-care houseplants. You are only limited by your imagination in the ways you can use them in the home or office. They do need just a bit more than "air" to survive as a houseplant. But there are so many creative ways to use them and you are only limited by your imagination. Inside the home, give an air plant bright, but filtered sunlight, like that found near an east or south facing window. Avoid placing an air plant in a bathroom, having adequate sunlight is more important than humidity. Outdoors, a screened porch, covered deck or pool enclosure usually gives air plants the filtered sunlight they need. This assorted offering is of nice sized plants and we will ship what is looking the absolute best at time of shipping.
- This is probably the trickiest part of growing these unusual plants. Inside the house, air plants often die from under-watering because their owners mistakenly assume the plants absorb moisture from the air. In a rainforest, that scenario works. In the dry air of a heated or air-conditioned room, air plants need water. Daily misting doesn’t provide sufficient moisture for air plants. It can help raise humidity around plants, but it won’t be enough plus it can cause water to collect where leaves emerge, killing the plant. The best way to water an air plant is to submerge it in a dish of water for 12 hours. Air plants only take up as much water as they need, so you won’t overwater by doing this.
- Use rain water or bottled drinking water.
- When you remove plants from the water, gently shake them upside down a few times to dislodge water from the center of the plant. In a typical indoor setting, an air plant watered in this method shouldn’t need watering for 10 to 14 days. Monitor your plant’s appearance to learn when to water. Take note of how the plant looks the day after watering. Note leaf color and appearance. Leaves on a drought-stressed air plant may curl under, color may seem flatter, and leaf tips may turn brown.
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