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Air Plants – Beautiful and Virtually Care Free

 

Air Plants – Beautiful and Virtually Care Free

No soil required!

No soil required!

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No green thumb? No worries! Now you can enjoy plants that don’t need water – or dirt?  No such thing, right? Well…not exactly- check out these little gems affectionately referred to as Air Plants! Want to know more? Read on…
 With over 730 species in the Tillandsia genus, these air plants (epiphytes) are in the Bromeliad family. Ok, enough botanical talk- let us move onto more interesting facts. 
These plants are native to the jungles and forests of Central America, South America, and the southern United States. Typically, they grow without soil while attached to other plants. They get almost all their nutrients through their leaf structures from such things as dust, insect matter, and decaying leaves. New plants can be propagated from their offshoots. Some species produce vibrant colourful blooms and others produce fragrant flowers. A few varieties bloom only once before dying and their leaf colour will change from green to red (blushing) when getting ready to flower. 

Growing and Caring For Your Air Plants•    With a little imagination and about 15 minutes, you can dress up the dreariest corner, an empty spot on your wall, or add a splash of colour to your kitchen counter, bathroom, or desk! Let your imagination run wild on the possibilities – these precious little plants never demand much attention. They fit perfectly into teacups, conch shells, small glass-bowl terrariums, hanging globes, small ceramic pots, etc. Research the type of air plant you plan to buy and its natural habitat will help you understand its care. 

Common to all air plants is the fact that they all need constant air circulation. Other factors to consider:
•Mist your air plant daily - they need some moisture –if located in a humid environment, such as a bathroom, misting is not necessary. Mist only once or twice a week during the winter
•Fertilize  with a weak solution monthly during spring and summer-mix a low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer at ¼  strength
•Protect from full sun-if it grows wild on trees, provide partial shade and keep it in moist
•Ground types will do well indoors in bright, filtered light or outdoors in partial shade
•Air plants will not survive temperatures below 45 degrees

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Infographic explaining how awesome air plants are.

Infographic explaining how awesome air plants are.

How about you, is an air plant something you would decorate your home with?


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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF INDOOR PLANTS

 

How to Care of Indoor Plants

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When it comes to taking care of indoor plants, sometimes, even your best intentions can go awry!  Too much water and they drown. Too little water and they wither and die. Too strong a fertilizer, to weak a fertilizer, too little sun, too much light – the lists of do’s and don’ts goes on endlessly.  
How is one to know what to do?
One of the best things you can do as a plant-lover is to arm yourself with information.  Where once you had to buy volumes of books and read through all the boring stuff to get to what you needed to know, now the internet has become your best friend.  Having a beautiful coffee-table version of the best plant book on earth is wonderful. You can browse it at your leisure.  But when you want answers, the quickest, most efficient way is to search the internet.
One of the most recommended products for organic pest control is Neem oil.


Uses for Neem Oil
Neem oil is a naturally occurring oil that helps control:
•Insects: Kills or repels many harmful insects and mites, including aphids, cabbage worms, snails, flies, nematodes, gnats , mealybugs, moths, cockroaches, , termites, whiteflies, mosquitoes, and scale. It also attacks the larvae and its bitter taste repels plant munchers 


•Fungus: Effective in preventing fungal diseases such as black spot, anthracnose, rust, and mildew


•Disease: Battles viruses that can harm plants.


Neem oil is a popular choice in organic gardens, indoors and outdoors because it is:
•Non-toxic: If not sprayed directly on them, neem oil is nontoxic to beneficial garden insects such as earthworms, predatory wasps, ladybugs, spiders, honeybees, ants, and adult butterflies. It is also nontoxic to humans, birds, and other animals 


•Organic: Neem oil is plant based 


•Biodegradable: breaks down quickly and leaves no residue
Tips for your plants


•Study up on the types of plants you plan to have in your home and their specific needs


•Learning about the lighting and watering needs will help you place your plant in just the right spot in your home


•Set up a schedule to clean, feed and tend to your plants. Just as your pets need your care, so do your plants


•Some people talk to their plants, others play music for them. The most important thing is to not neglect them
Remember, each plant is special and has specific needs. Once you get comfortable with a care routine, you can sit back and enjoy all your beautiful, healthy plants.
Do you have some favourite houseplant, perhaps a spider plant, Bird of Paradise or African violet? Tell us about it and how you care for it:

Check out our  infographic  on how to  take care of indoor plants

 
Infographic on how to take care of indoor plants.

Infographic on how to take care of indoor plants.

Do you have any tips or tricks on taking care of indoor plants?


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