Don’t have a green thumb, or think you don’t have time to care for plants in your home? Well, think again, because air plants, or Tillandsia as they’re officially called, are some of the easiest plants to grow. While they still need some attention to thrive and live a happy life, it doesn’t take a lot of work to care of them.
Air plants are Epiphytes, which means they grow on another tree, host or object, but they don’t steal nutrients from their host, they just use it as a home to grow on. The plants have tiny vessels in their leaves known as trichomes, which capture moisture and nutrients in the air. What’s really incredible about them, is that the plants utilize their roots to anchor themselves to an object, and that allows them to grow in all sorts of different locations. Their flexibility means that you can use them in numerous types of settings, which is why they’re becoming so popular.
If that isn’t enough to convince you to grow them, here’s a look at some of the other reasons to consider it:
Growing air plants in your home can bring many benefits, including:
- Indoor plants like air plants allow you to fight off that cold quicker thanks to their ability to reduce dust and increased humidity levels.
- Plants can reduce stress to make you feel happier, they help you feel calmer and more optimistic. In fact, some studies have found that patients who get to enjoy a garden view in their hospital rooms recover quicker than those who don’t.
- Plants help to detox a room. They’ve been shown to remove airborne contaminants that can cause headaches, allergies and more, while also putting out clean air, improving the air quality around them.
- Plants can lower blood pressure – people with indoor plants have been found to not only have less stress but lower blood pressure too.
- Plants have been shown to strengthen brain power, allowing you to think clearer, focus better and even be more creative.
- Air plants reduce carbon dioxide in the air during photosynthesis as well as remove chemical pollutants while adding oxygen back to help you breathe better.
- Air plants, in particular, are great for those in urban settings as they’re small and require no soil.
- Air plants are resistant to pests and diseases and are fairly forgiving. Plus, with proper care like ambient air, the right amount of light and watering, they can last for years and years.
- Air plants are exceedingly attractive, exotic and come in a variety of shapes and colors – in fact, they can even change colors. While they all start out green, their leaves begin to change as they bloom, with the shade depending on the variety. They might turn hues of red, purple, magenta, orange or even yellow. How many other plants can do that? Plus, some have short, spiky leaves like palms, and others have long, graceful leaves.