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So I bought my first air plant today from the greenhouse!
First is the lighter colored area okay? It seems less stiff then the rest.
And would you or any other followers know the specific name for this?

I want to be able to keep it for as long as possible❤️🌿

Response:

Air plants grow little baby versions of themselves called pups. Nurseries usually separate them so they can sell them individually. I’ve never seen the untouched clump sold in stores so consider yourself lucky! This appears to be a clump of Tillandsia ionantha - or one of the miniature varieties, which has been growing for years. The stiff part is likely a very old portion that has died off now. Looks quite nice - thanks for sharing!

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P I N E A P P L E | L E A V E S | did you know that those gorgeous, and utterly lovely air plants, Tillandsia, are related to pineapple.

Pineapple (Ananas comosus) belongs to the Bromeliaceae family, and so does the Tillandsia genus. Their leaves, stripped of its fruit, make it clear just how much they look alike.

Air plants or epiphytes | epi.phyte meaning on or upon plant | are plants that grow on another plant, rock, or another suitable surface. Tillandsia, for example can grow along a wire or string. What’s interesting about epiphytes is that they’re not parasites, they simply use the plant they grow on as a growing surface, without stealing any of its nutrients. Several don’t even have roots, they absorb moisture with their entire body.

E X A M P L E S of epiphytes are MOSSES, FERNS, a great deal of ORCHIDS (the reason for their unusual care), LICHENS (not a plant, but a fungi, still called epiphytes because their growing behaviour falls under the epiphyte definition), and ALGAE.

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