Houseplants forum: New Plant from son

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Fmwynd
Jan 24, 2017 6:13 PM CST
Hello all I got a new plant from my son he says it is an air plant.

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I don't really know much about this plants. I read to put it in water for about 4 hour which I did then let it dry on my porch for about the same amount of time. I have put it in the little pot in the pic above with some glass marbles to lift it a little. I am hoping that I am doing everything ok.

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Fmwynd
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tarev
Jan 24, 2017 6:40 PM CST
Hello Fmywnd, yes it is an airplant called Tillandsia, there are many types and that one you got is a lovely one. You did just right, it likes to be mounted like an orchid, or you can use a glue to stick it to anything, or just rest it on marbles just like you did. But don't plant on soil. It may grow roots, but it is just for clinging on to something.

The plant makes a bloom, though really pretty when it makes it, it will mean it has reached the end of the line for the plant. But before it goes, after bloom dies, it will try to make new pups at the base, inside the lower leaves and it should continue on from there, while mommy plant slowly fades away.

Yes, you can dunk water the plant just like you did to water it, make sure to shake off excess water from the crown so it will not rot. Enjoy and happy growing!
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plantmanager
Jan 24, 2017 6:51 PM CST
I have one like yours. It hasn't bloomed for me yet, but it's growing larger quickly. I have it mounted on a piece of cork I got from Dr Dawg here on the site. I'm not sure of the name, but did see this pic that looks a lot like mine. I soak mine once a week, and mist it whenever I think of it.

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