WHAT IS AN AIR PLANT
The official name of these plants is Tillandsia and they are native to South-America. Their natural temper makes them so easy to take care. They don't need soil, because humidity and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves of the plant.
They only need a little bit water couple of times a month, and some light to stay evergreen houseplants, which are able to bloom and to produce offsprings! Watering can happen by spraying or by soaking the plant.
We always include care instructions specific for the plant you choose and also plenty of information about the species!
ELIAS TILLANDZ (1640-1693)
THE GODFATHER OF TILLANDSIA PLANTS WAS PROFESSOR ELIAS TILLANDZ, A BOTANIST AT THE ACADEMY OF TURKU, OUR HOMETOWN, WHERE WE LIVE AND CREATE AIR PLANT TERRARIUMS.
He wrote the country's first botanical work, the Catalogus Plantarum, which was first published in 1673. As a doctor he also prepared medicines for his patients by using his extensive knowledge of plants.
According to legend Tillandz ("Till lands" means "by land" in Swedish) changed his name from Tillander to Tillandz when, as a student, he travelled by boat from Turku to Stockholm. On the way he became so seasick that he returned by walking around the Gulf of Bothnia, a distance of some 1000 kilometers.
The genus of epiphytic plants, Tillandsia, was named after Tillandz by Carl Linnaeus due to the fact that air plants don't need a lot of water.
MORE ABOUT AIR PLANTS
We like to think of Tillandsia - or a more common name - air plants as living sculptures with amazing and unordinary forms. While diversity is not unknown amongst exotic plants, Tillandsia include more than 700 species, usually having sub-variations. It gives not only us, but also for the customers plenty of choice. After a little get-to-know, one can easily end up with some favourites. We can decide not only by the look, colour and appearance, but also by the needs of the plant - something that is preferably in harmony with individual lifestyles and routines. If you decide to have an air plant terrarium - a new colorful spot in your home - it makes more sense if the plant meets your expectations.
We offer both rare and popular species, and we are constantly looking for additional exciting and beautiful species still on. In 2016 we have established our micro-greenhouse where we raise a lot of Tillandsia day by day. This effort is already fruitful: a lot of own baby-plants have sprouted out since and keep growing and growing from the sides of their mothers.
Air plants are different by the need of caring they require. According to their needs Tillandsia divides to two group: the xeric and the non-xeric types. This assortment shows also the origin of the plant. The xeric types come from the desert or rocky areas and they have a lower need for care, for example Tillandsia tectorum, argentea, caput medusae, just to mention a few from our selection. The non-xeric types come usually from the rainforests and they might have a need for more frequent watering - misting or soaking -, like Tillandsia brachycaulos, kolbii or ionantha red.
FACTS ABOUT AIR PLANTS
Air plants do have a need for care - they cannot live only on air without water and light!
They belong to the family of Bromeliaceae - so it happens that they are relatives with pineapple!
Tillandsia bloom usually in the spring time or in the autumn time. Be patient if it is not blooming on the next spring/autumn. It may need a little bit more time, but it doesn’t mean you do something wrong.
They cannot survive in a closed surface without any ventilation and they need air for living - that’s why they called air plants. For example, a closed glass terrarium without mouth or a jewellery, inside with an air plant is not a right home for these plants, even if you can buy this kind of combination - don’t.
Air plants are non-toxic to children and pets. Still, please don't let them to eat your air plants!