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This is the plant we often call “airplant”..  That’s because it does not grow in soil, but rather air!

I keep learning new stuff about this plant.  That’s the purpose of this blog!  Learning about indoor plants.  I am not too well versed about this, but I truly AM learning.  I bought these little tillandsias at the North West Flower Show here in Seattle last year.  The Washington State Convention Center, where it is held, is a mere 5 minute walk from Horizon House, where I live.

I feel good in that I have not lost any of the five little plants I bought.  In fact, I have removed them fromIMG_1493 my window sill and put them into the bathroom.

Here on the left are the plants, shortly after I bought them.  I had them on the windowsill where they got nice sunlight.  Neither too strong, nor too scanty.  but, they just seemed lost somehow.  I took them and stuck them under the faucet about once a week and put them back on the windowsill.  But they just looked sad.

SO…  I thought, “These plants live in the jungle, where it’s not sunny all day.  In fact, they probably get filtered and occasional light living from day to day.  Their conditions are hot and damp!”  This is MY interpretation!

And then I thought, “What more perfect place than the bathroom for these little guys?”  In there they will get light whenever we “visit the facilities”, and they’ll get humidity when we shower every day!  So, I moved them.

Granted they are not getting real sunlight, but everything else seems to fit.  SO, I moved them.  And you know what?  I think “Mikey Likes It”!IMG_2870

As you can see, they are not growing quite like gangbusters, but they are looking healthy and happy.  My husband even commented on it.  Not only that, I love having them on the bathroom counter!

If you want to learn some more about tillandsia, just click on that link, and you’ll find out more than you ever needed to know!

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How much simpler can it get?  No soil, and scant watering required. No pot, no mess, just a plant sitting around, looking perhaps a bit strange, but very interesting.

IMG_1494I bought 5 different ones at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show a couple of weeks ago.  I put them in a shallow dish and I’ve been enjoying them looking like escaping octopi  (octapuses?).  Here’s a photo of them.  I think they are kind of fun.  They are so different from anything I’ve ever had before.  I often have thought about getting some, but just never made the plunge, so now I did!

I  received a little sheet telling me how to care for them.  It essentially says that Tillandsia don’t need ANY soil.  There are no roots, so what would it do with soil?  They can be kept happily indoors.  They need to be either misted or watered a few times a week or so.  I water them when I water my bonsai.

I take the Tillandsia out of the shallow dish;  fill the dish with water; put the bonsai in to soak up some sustenance; lay the Tillandsia on the shelf until the bonsai is done drinking; pour out the water; put more (clean) water in the dish; put the Tillandsia into the dish-upside down-remove them; pour out the water; put the Tillandsia in, right-side up and I’m DONE!  Was that easy, or what?

Here is a link from the University of Illinois that will explain in a bit more detail how you can care for these simplest of plants!  Enjoy!

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