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Epiphyte, You're my Type.

ep·i·phyte

ˈepəˌfīt/

noun

BOTANY

  1. a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic, such as the numerous ferns, bromeliads, air plants, and orchids growing on tree trunks in tropical rain forests.

A love that is free of worry, excessive maintenance, and brings ongoing delight and beauty.

I'm talking about my love affair with epiphytes, or air plants.

For the last ten years, this has been my plant of choice. Painfully easy to maintain, this plant grows above ground, and thrives via rain, dust, or an occasional spritz in your loft or home space.. trust me, I know.

I also occasionally soak the little darlings in a tepid sink bath. If you're going to water them this way, soak them from 15 to 30 minutes, drying them upside down.

Fun Fact: Orchids are also in the family of epiphytes.

If you've got a busy life, have not had great success in maintaining houseplants, want to add oxygen to your living space with plants, or just find air plants awesome... get you some!

Since air plants grow and thrive rather easily, you can have them in lots of fun places.. such as on the dresser.. as you get ready for the day, (haha.)