Are you just generally fed up with flowers in your home? Want to break out with a plant that makes your friends go "Huh?"
Low on cash?
Why not grow some air plants!
Step 1: What is an Airplant, and how do I get them?
Air plants do not harm their host, instead using it as support. When attached to trees, they grow root-like tendrils to latch themselves in place, which can be safely broken off if harvesting.
The Genus Tillandsia is the most commonly sold, and the type pictured in this instructable. I suggest starting with one of these.
I bought my air plant at Marfield's, an American garden supply chain, for $4.99. That simple. They can also be purchased online, in greater variety, here.
Step 2: Air Plant myths
"You don't need to water- they live on air!"
"Just lightly mist once a month!"
This is complete and utter BS.
Take notice that air plants ARE NOT maintenance free. They need water, a proper environment, care, etc. While easier than the typical houseplant, they are work. Do not overlook this.
Step 3: First Steps
After your plant is done soaking, remove it from the water and let it dry. It should take no longer than a few hours for it to be dry to the touch. Otherwise, it may grow mold or other things.
Step 4: Watering
If you're not sure whether to water or not, its probably better to water. They live in Florida, sheesh! However, if you really need to check for some reason, grab one of the bottom leaves on your plant. Try and pull it off. If it resists, the plant is dry. If it comes off, your plant is fine (but now missing a leaf!). Don't do this too often, for obvious reasons.
Step 5: Fertilizing
Step 6: A holder
- They must be able to dry off quickly
- Should not be touching dirt
- No superglue!
Personally, I just bought a cheap pot and little clay dish when I got the air plant, and put the dish on top of the upside-down pot to make it look like bird-bath.Total cost? $1.50.
Step 7: Flowers
If you get a flower, you are EXTREMELY lucky, and thus should be very careful. Do not get it to wet, as it may dissolve. Don't let the plant dry out. Don't knock it off. They are very pretty, so appreciate it while it lasts.
Step 8: The End
For more information, I happily send you to this site.
Its a really good resource for information and stuff.