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Any recommendations for where to purchase tillandsia (air plants) online?

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Aridane Thu 03-Oct-19 11:35:17

Ahem - I hadn't realised they were so high maintenance in terms of their watering demands and they have now shrivelled and died.

Does anyone have any recommendations for purchasing online? Ideally I prefer to avoid buying an assorted pack as I would like to go for uniformity. Am looking to buy x4.

(Note to self: in future,do not believe the 'do nothing' / low maintenance stuff - they need frequent spraying and occasional dunking / soaking!)

Slightlysurviving Thu 03-Oct-19 11:41:14

I am not sure but do just check they have been sustainability sourced they are wonderful plants. Also I think they do better if rainwater is used.

Aridane Thu 03-Oct-19 16:27:35

Was going to ask why rainwater but google tells me this

Avoid using tapwater especially in hard water areas as the water contains dissolved sodium bicarbonate which can precipitate out on the trichomes and block them, preventing the Tillandsia from absorbing moisture and nutrients

Aridane Thu 03-Oct-19 16:27:59

What would be a substitute for rainwater?!

cardamoncoffee Thu 03-Oct-19 16:44:34

They really aren't a no maintenance plant. As well as their water needs they also need strong sunlight for part of the day and warmth. I suspect they have died because of the cold rather than lack of water.

Aridane Thu 03-Oct-19 16:50:27

I think it was lack of water as I was away for x3 weeks in June / July. I managed to revive x2 but the others looked like dead spiders! (Ugh)

Aridane Thu 03-Oct-19 16:51:12

They are in the bathroom (well, the x2 surviving ones)

Aridane Thu 03-Oct-19 16:51:55

I think they are misleadingly marketed!

Aridane Thu 03-Oct-19 16:55:25

When looking up the reason for using rainwater, the website indicated that their difficulty level was ‘moderate to difficult ‘!

MereDintofPandiculation Thu 03-Oct-19 17:43:12

There was an article in the RHS magazine about this pair - I got the impression they were passionate about their plants

Aridane Fri 04-Oct-19 06:24:34

Awesome - thank you - ticks all the boxes!

Glitteryglitter Fri 04-Oct-19 06:38:11

I have one that died, I don't feel so bad about it now

Aridane Fri 04-Oct-19 20:23:56


Aridane Mon 07-Oct-19 13:36:46

Have ordered x4 from the shop cardamon referred to - and, yes, they clearly are (very) passionate about air plants.

I have also bought a tiny pencil sized spray for spraying them (rather than spraying stuff in bathroom that doesn't need spraying). Plus some spray fertiliser.

I will try to avoid my normal tendency of killing with kindness.

Aridane Thu 10-Oct-19 22:35:31

Thank you, @Slightlysurviving - they arrived today and are very cute, healthy and beautifully packaged like precious chocolates.

I thought I had ordered x4 little ones but the 4th is a monster sized one

Aridane Thu 10-Oct-19 22:37:48

And in their little pots and gently misted

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