Air plants belong to epiphytes kingdom. These plants have roots that connect them with the host. The host can be a rock or a tree. Air plants don’t take nutrition from their host. As compared to other plants, air plants receive water and nutrients required from the air. That is the reason why they call them air plants. There are as many as 450 types of air plants.
Each plant has its requirement of light, water, and fertilizers. These air plants are small, and people use them to decorate their homes. In this article, we’ll discuss the best and common types of air plants.
Following are the different kinds of air plants. Mostly they are types of tillandsia.
Tillandsia Ionantha is one of the types of an air plant. People also refer to tillandsia Ionantha as a sky plant. Tillandsia Ionantha can grow in a tropical environment. Which mean that tillandsia Ionantha is bromeliad plant. You can identify this species of air plant with the help of short stem. Tillandsia Ionantha has a short stem, which makes them easy to identify. This type of air plant (tillandsia Ionantha) blooms bright color flowers. Generally, they bloom flowers at the end of their life span.
Tillandsia Usneoides is another type of air plant. People also call tillandsia Usneoides as Spanish moss. You can easily identify tillandsia usneoides. As compared to other air plants, their leaves hand instead of going up. You can also find tillandsia Usneoides in the environment. They hang from trees, and they have a delightful smell.
Tillandsia Caput-Medusae is yet another kind of air plant. People also name them as head of Medusa. They are different types of air plants because of their shape. You can identify tillandsia caput-medusae because they have a snake-like shape. These air plants look like strands of hairs. At the beginning of summer, these air plants also bloom flowers. The color of flowers is blue.
Andreana Air Plant:
It is another beautiful kind of air plant. Tillandsia Andreana species comes from Columbia. You easily identify Andreana because of its leaves. The leaves of tillandsia Andreana grow in all directions. This air plant grows three to four inches in size. It can also bloom flower from its center.
Xerographica is another type of tillandsia air plant. Tillandsia Xerographica originated from Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador. As compared to other air plants, this type of tillandsia doesn’t require much water. It also produces yellow and red flowers. You can identify this air plant with its spherical shape.
Originated from Mexico, tillandsia maxima are another type of air plant. As compared to other air plants, this type can handle more direct sunlight. Their leaves change their color before the flower blooms out of it. They produce a vibrant purple color flower. These plants also can grow many flowers at a time.
Tillandsia cyanea are another types of air plants. People also call cyanea as the pink quill. As compared to other air plants, you can grow them into the soil. Tillandsia cyanea has bright pink quills. They also bloom purple and blue flowers.
Tillandsia aeranthos is one of the most popular home and office air plant. You can identify tillandsia aeranthos with their long spikes. This species of air plant can grow in bright places away from direct sunlight. Aeranthos generate purple and blue flowers.
Blubosa is another type of air plant. They come from Central America. The best conditions for the survival of blubosa are humidity. The grow and survive in humid conditions. You can identify them with their bulb-like shape. If you want to grow blubosa in a dry place, you’ll have to water it every other day.
Tillandsia capitata is yet another type of tillandsia air plant. This type of air plant is originated from Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. As compared to other plants, capitata can survive direct sunlight. It also needs humidity for growth. Before flowers blooms, leaves of capitata become peach in color. It blooms purple flower.
Tillandsia Cotton Candy:
Tillandsia cotton candy is yet another type of tillandsia. People also refer it to as tillandsia Houston. Cotton candy is a mixture of two different species. Tillandsia stricta and recurvifolia combine to reproduce cotton candy. Cotton candy type flowers bloom out of tillandsia cotton candy. That is the reason why they call it tillandsia cotton candy.
Didisticha is another kind of tillandsia. As compared to other air plants, it grows larger. With the perfect condition, this plant can grow up to 1 foot long. The origin of Didisticha is South America. With its pink and green leaves, they are easy to identify. Tillandsia Didisticha blooms white flowers.
Tillandsia fuchsii is yet another sort of air plant. It was also known as tillandsia argentea. You can identify fuchsii with its green leaves. It also has a pink stem, which is long. The long stem of fuchsii produces a purple flower.
Funckiana is another type of tillandsia. It is one of the unique types of air plant. Leaves of Funckiana grow in the shape of quills. It is easy to identify because of its shape and its spikes. They mold in different shape according to the environment. Before they bloom, their leaves become yellow. They produce a neon-orange flower.
The origin of gardneri is Venezuela, Brazil, and Columbia. This species of air plants survive in a hot, humid environment. Keep them away from direct sunlight. They also produce pink flowers, and those flowers have a life span. Flower of gardneri survives from late spring to summer.
Tillandsia originates from South America. It is another type of tillandsia. As compared to other tillandsia’s, stricta can survive any climate. They can grow on a tree and can survive in dunes as well. There are different varieties of stricta. Stricta pink bronze and midnight are the most popular types.
Chiapensis is another type of air plants and its native to Mexico. As compared to other species of tillandsia, it can survive any climatic condition. It’s another great quality is that it can also survive the direct sun. You can also grow it in partial shade. This type of tillandsia can grow up to five inches. Chiapensis blooms red and pink flowers.