I thought I would share a look inside my carnivorous plant terrarium! Among these species are various Nepenthes, Heliamphora, some Utricularia, Drosera, and some non-carnivorous Tillandsia (Air Plants). Enjoy plant enthusiasts of Tumblr!
Take proper care of your air plants (tillandsia)! Despite the fact that they don’t need to be planted or watered in a traditional way, they Do. Not. Survive. Without. Water.
But fear not, because proper care is super easy! Simply submerge your tillandsia into a bath of water for 15 minutes, once a week. For me, Saturday’s are the day; my tillandsia take a bath, my succulents sit on a windowsill eating up rays, and there’s usually a cactus party in my kitchen sink.
And once you’ve bathed your lovely air plants, set them on a towel upside down so that all the water can drain out. This keeps mold & rot from growing inside the folds of the leaves.
And there ya go! Super easy! :)
(NOTE: for those interested, the big guy in the picture is my Tillandsia Xerographica at size medium! Amazing specimen!)
As I previously mentioned, T. tectorum has the most spectacular trichomes - the “hairs” or “scales” found on most air plants. They’re designed to capture water efficiently: even water droplets as small as mist get pulled in. An air plant appears becomes greener once it is fully moistened. When they are ready to look for more water, the trichomes open up in the span of an hour or two (the opening up part of this time lapse was taken over 3 hours, which I compressed to 6 seconds). Plants operate on a different timescale than animals, so time lapse photography helps us observe the fun things they do! #airplant #airplantlove #tillandsia #tillandsiatectorum #houseplants #indoorplants #houseplantsofinstagram #plantsmakepeoplehappy #plantlove #plantlife #plantsofinstagram #plantstagram #botanical #botany #greenery #timelapse #best_timelapse #hyperlapse
March 19, 2017 - Air plants after a few hour soak. I haven’t watered them in about a month, so a longer soak should do them good. I also added a pinch of orchid (also an epiphyte) fertilizer. Tillandsia tectorum is slowly growing more “leaves”, while the pups are developing nicely on both T. ionantha and T. pruinosa.
I like mounting them naturalistically, and generously water every day. This way, the plants enjoy “all-you-can-drink” moisture, and the excess water can simply drain down from the leaves, preventing crown rot.
Also, I figure whatever nutrients get suspended in the water from the log on which they’re mounted serve as fertilizer. I spray them with orchid foliar fertilizer about once every 3 weeks.