Friday, May 30, 2014

My Answers To Your Questions

I got so many questions about my air plants that I decided to do this post to answer them! Thanks for your interest! Mine are still alive!

Q. Are they dangerous to pets?
A.   They are not poison, and are totally safe for cats and dogs. On the other hand, your poor plant may not be safe around your cat or dog! I keep mine out of reach.

Q. Where can you buy them?
A.  They sell them at greenhouses or garden centers. But not all have them, so you should call around first. I found them in two garden centers, they had them by the cash registers!

Q. How big do they grow and how fast?
A. There are literally hundreds of varieties, including Spanish Moss and Bromeliads! And they come in all sizes, from huge to tiny. I got tiny ones and don't think they will grow much. But they do have offshoot babies, called pups. When the baby gets half the size of the mother plant, you can snip it off and you have a new one.

Q. Care?
A. All they need is plenty of air circulation, light, and you need to mist them good about twice a week. Then put them in the light to let them dry within four hours.

Q. Are they all this cheap?
A. there are lots of different sizes. Here, the tiniest ones are about fifty cents, then the price goes up with the size. You can get a decent medium size with big wide leaves for five dollars. I will get the bigger one if I can keep these little test ones alive.

Let me know if you have any more questions!

“God addressed Job next from the eye of the storm, and this is what he said: “I have some more questions for you, and I want straight answers.”



21 comments:

Linda said...

Great post, Ginny, and I love the animated photo with the water!

Betsy Adams said...

You obviously had many comments and questions about this plant... I cannot imagine growing a plant using water and air --and no soil. Crazy!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Anne Jeffries said...

Good report, Ginny. Very informative. I need to find some of these to add amongst my succulents.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Ginny Very informative post. always good to share. Now I would LOVE to know how you did that animation to your shot. that is fabulous and I would love to be able to do that. You can email if that is easier for you. Let me know if you crossed the bridge today with me!. Have a wonderful weekend.

Ann said...

I might have to look for these the next time I'm out and give them a try. Like you I would start with the small ones first to see if I could keep it alive

Tamago said...

These are great information! We have a few garden centers nearby. I will check if they have air plants and might get one :-)
I LOVE the image you created! That is amazing!!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Ginny I always learn so much form your blog. I hope you have a super weekend!

Sandra said...

i forgot to say last time i was here, how much i like your artsy header shot of the air plants... and i love the water reflection, it looks like it might pour out and wet my keyboard...

Patsy said...

Good info and I do like the photo.
Have a fun Saturday!

Chatty Crone said...

I have to tell you - you find the most interesting things to tell us about.

DeniseinVA said...

Very interesting post, those air plants look very pretty. Thanks for the info Ginny. Have a great weekend :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Love your header and reflection photo Ginny. I would love to have a few of these but with the cats I can't think of any where in the house they would be safe. Maybe hanging from the ceiling? Maybe not. MOL!

Shug said...

thanks for the info..... I had one a long time ago....Guess I lost interest and let it go by the wayside. Interesting how they grow.

S. Etole said...

I was taken by surprise when your photo "moved." What fun.

Anni said...

I did not know that the shoots are called pups. I learned something, thanks to you.

Roan said...

I had never heard of it before, but was fascinated. Thanks for answering questions. I may have to look for one.

LV said...

Glad you shared as I have never seen or heard of it.

George said...

Thanks for all the good information about air plants. This is one type of plant we've never tried.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They are really neat, Ginny!

You asked about my grandmother - she lives a couple of hours away, and I get up to see her a couple of times a year. I'll be taking the boys up soon I hope.

Rose said...

I saw the pic of the plants and did not look at the date...just noticed it was a new post. I might just keep this plant in mind...maybe I would have some luck with it.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Just dropping in to say Hi! Hope you're doing okay. Thanks for the info on the air plants!