Air Plant Flowers
“The earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am hoping that you are fortunate enough to either watch an Air Plant go through their incredibly beautiful blooming cycle, or to catch one once it has flowered. Air Plants, like all flowers will bloom. Since there are so many different varieties of air plants, the varieties of flowers that they produce also vary wildly. From light pink spikes, to this brilliant violet spike with yellow blooms, to tiny light green flowers that appear to blend in with your plant. Some blooms will also have an incredible aroma. They range from an incredible sugary sweetness to a floral aroma reminiscent of jasmine. I've even heard of flowers that smell like grape soda!
WHEN WILL IT BLOOM? || There are a few different factors that will determine when your plant is ready to bloom. The season, their care (light, water, fertilizer) and that also tells you how happy they are!
Just like most plants, tillandsia's usually begin blooming in the Spring and the Summer when your climate is a little drier. This is also when the days get longer and they are exposed to more light. If it's warmer, you naturally water/soak/mist your plant more often to keep it from drying out, and just like that you have the perfect environment.
HOW LONG WILL IT BLOOM FOR? || The length of time for the bloom cycle also varies wildly. In the Brachycaulos Air Plant above you can notice the visible, bright, violet spike. That spike is known as the "bract" and is also where the flowers bloom from. The bract will appear quite awhile before the flower appears. The bract may last for several months, while the flowers are vibrant for only a few days.
HOW DO YOU CARE FOR YOUR PLANT WHILE IT'S BLOOMING? || When your plant has a spike/bract you can care for it like normal. Obviously it's pretty happy! As soon as your flower appears or has appeared, then when it comes to watering, only submerge the base of your plant. Don't get your bloom wet!
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR FLOWER IS DONE BLOOMING? || Just like with roots on an air plant, as soon as your plant is done flowering and you no longer want the stalk, or it has begun to dry up, you can remove them with a good snip at the base of the bract with clean, sharp scissors.
I hope this post helped. If you have any other questions about air plants, let me know in the comments below. And if you would like to pick up an air plant of your own, you can buy one in my shop!