All of the more common air plants (Epiphytes) can grow on any outdoor tree
where they will get enough sun or enough shade depending on what they are
and the occasional free watering from above. They will not tolerate cold so
if you get frost or snow you should be able to move them indoors.
Go to your local garden center and buy a piece of driftwood. Tie the air
plant to the driftwood with jute or thin sisal twine. Or drill some holes in
the driftwood and stuff the air plant in the hole. While you're at the
garden center buy a couple more air plants. One plant will get lonely.
Would the air plant do ok just hanging on its own from a string near
sunlight (via window)?
Mine is not growing, seems to be dying in fact. I realize its not a
soil-base plant, just wanted to know anything I can about caring for it.
Probably not. Even though it's an air plant, it still needs moisture to
live. You could hang it on a string but you'd need to mist it once a week
and add some liquid fertilizer to the mist several times a year.
You can carry the driftwood piece into the house when it gets too cold or
you can place the driftwood piece in the best spot in your garden to get
some rain and filtered sunlight. The driftwood won't grow any bigger so it
won't wrap around the air plant and make it disappear.
Here's an example:
is hanging on the wall. Notice the plants in the bottom are stuffed into
holes that I drilled and the orchids on the top are tied on with sisal
twine. The sisal twine will rot away in a year and the roots will have
wrapped around the driftwood. Since it never gets that cold in S. Florida I
don't have to bring this one indoors.
Welcome, welcome Ricky! Can't beat expertise AND patience. :-) I've
never kept an "air plant," but I have a feeling humidity would be a
factor you might never consider mentioning in S. Florida. Misting, of
course, will compensate for the lack, but many US indoor environments
are positively crispy in winter with the furnace (a big box fueled by
paper money) blasting.
Yeah, I dealt with the big furnace for 44 years in NJ. You can get a
humidifier that will keep the air moist and eventually rot away the furnace
or you can move to Florida. The difference is the location of your plants.
Our last house in NJ had over 100 indoor plants including a Washingtonia
palm that is now in the ground here in Boca Raton. I grew Crotons in the
livingroom and Habenero peppers in the kitchen up north. But the humidifier
took it's toll on the furnace. We replaced the last one twice in 12 years.
Here in S. Florida I only have two hanging Pothos in the bedroom, everything
else is outside.
I'll put some updated pictures of the garden on my website as soon as the
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