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The Tilandsia

Posted by Raffaele Pagano on

The Land are a genus of plants of the Bromeliaceae family, originating in Central and South America: for the most part they are characterized by the complete absence of roots. From this, the popular name of'aerial plants', since in nature they tend to grow a little everywhere, even on the wires of light, although mostly they grow above other plants, without giving them the slightest inconvenience. They draw the water they need for photosynthesis from the humidity of the air: by examining them closely you can see that they are covered by a velvety skate, consisting of the so-called tricomies, which open when the humidity is low and close, to prevent evaporation, when the humidity is high.

The different species have very different aspects and the fans often collect them, becoming real fans of them. There are Land a little for all defects, standing or falling, with long or short leaves, of a green (or even brown) more or less velvety colour.

Due to their characteristics, they are particularly suitable for rooms, such as bathrooms and kitchens, where the humidity is high, provided in fairly bright environments. However, they can also be kept in other rooms, remembering to vaporize them often or, even better, immerse them in water for a while, then extract them and gently shake them to eliminate excess water. This operation should also be carried out when the plants are received. They do not like low temperatures at all and are not generally subject to diseases and parasites.

If they form young sprouts, they can be removed from the mother plant: they will grow autonomously with extreme ease.

CuriosityAlmost all Landexcept for T. cyanaethe one characterized by large violaceous brattees which is used as a normal apartment plant, should not be placed in the ground at all; instead you can place, even glued with the glue that is used for grafts, on any support, stones, metals, wooden pieces, etc., or be put in glass bubbles. Here too, care must be taken to keep the right moisture inside

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