The Q&A Archives: Air Plants

Question: How do I care for air plants? I got them from my friend in Florida. They attach themselves to the side of the trees.

Answer: Based on your description it sounds like you have some type of epiphyte, an interesting type of plant that does not need soil in order to survive. They are
not parasites because they don't obtain nutrients, just
support, from their hosts. They absorb their nutrients from
the air, rain, and whatever decaying plant matter they can
trap in their roots. Most epiphytes are native to tropical or
subtropical climates with high humidity. Orchids, staghorn
ferns, and Spanish moss are examples. In general these plants thrive in a very humid atmosphere with moderate light and need only an occasional misting or dunking in tepid water to survive, so they are very easy to care for. Enjoy!

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