Tillandsia (also called Air Plants) are highly versatile unrooted plants that can be attached to almost anything using a water-soluble glue. Larger plants can be supported by fishing line or thin thread. Tillandsia are perfect for crafty business owners who enjoy making something small and beautiful to put near the cash register for impulse sales. They can also be sold in bulk as bare-root plants, which allows customers the freedom to create their own plant designs.
Use a spritz bottle to mist Tillandsia 1-2 times per week
(more often when the weather is hot or dry). Do not let the plant completely dry out
, or it will get brittle and will not survive, but take note that Tillandsia cannot survive in standing water
. The symptom of a dehydrated Tillandsia is a curling of the concave leaves. Commercial fertilizers are usually too strong from Tillandsia, but you can cut your normal water-soluble ratios to 1/4 dilution and mist them twice a month.
Tillandsia do not require pinching
Space your Tillandsia as needed based on their size. Give them enough space for air to move between them and dry them out between mistings.
Plant growth regulators are not necessary.
Tillandsia have no real pest problems
Tillandsia are not prone to many diseases, but don't overwater them
. They cannot survive in standing water, and they need to be in a well-ventilated area so that the fresh air can dry them out. This will prevent any fungus growth and a healthier plant.
- Use a water-soluble glue to mount 1 starter plant per area for retail sales. Make sure that the area where you are mounting the plant does not hold water. If using commercial wood, do not use treated wood. Place a small amount of glue near the base of the plant (but not on the very bottom) and use a small piece of fishing line or thread to tie the plant in place. You can remove the thread after the glue has dried. Avoid covering the area where the roots will form at the bottom of the plant with any adhesive.
- Pinching is not required. Remember to mist the plants infrequently as they do not like to remain wet, but watch for curling leaves, as that is the major symptom of dehydration.
Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
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