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Old 04-07-2018, 11:18 AM   #1
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My wife came back from the Keys with 3 of them, where they live on rocks and tree branches it seems. Very interesting and neat looking plants that need no dirt for its roots. Anyone else have them and can tell me what do to keep them alive and healthy in a non-native state ?

Will they survive being inside the home only ? They live on air, so cheap maintenance to my understanding. So I cheeped out too, and made them a place to sit.

I used some scrap Plexiglas and some PVC caps and then put Cypress mulch chips in them to sit on. Anxious to see what they do. The pink bloom has already sprouted tiny baby white blooms on each of its tips.
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Old 04-07-2018, 12:41 PM   #2
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Many states ( mine included) have rules about importing non native plants.

Any that turn out invasive are outright banned.

That is a pretty little plant, and I can see why she liked it.

I don't even try to grow anything tropic here in the frozen state that I'm in.


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I don't expect them to live. Her son gave them to her out of his back yard so they are sort of special to her for now. Just please don't call the plant police on my wife Ed.
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I would not think of it.

I'm sure that she has no intentions of invading city hall with them anyway.

It was meant as a warning that someone there might be a " nark", and turn her in, not me.


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She went through airport security in 3 states Fl. GA, and KY and the 3 air plants she carried in a open bag were checked and cleared. I would think "invasive" species would be confined to plants having to grow outside in the dirt. These 3 air plants will not live in dirt. Probably will not live at all, since I went to the trouble of building them something to sit in.
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Sorry Greg, but I have a duty as a citizen to report you to the plant police for investigation. lol.

This thread reminds me of a story my friend told me about going on a fishing trip to Canada several years ago. Border patrol made him throw away his can of night crawlers because he was not allowed to bring the soil across the border. The agent told him he could remove the night crawlers, clean them off and bring them across, but not the soil.

I do understand the need for laws on such things though, a good example is pythons ruining the everglades.
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I know invasive plants, vines, bushes and even trees brought here from off shore are an issue here in the USA. And in some states, are extreme issues to keep on top of. We fight some of them everyday around our own homes. But I had NO clue until I pulled up just the southern states list ...there are so many.

P.S. And my wife's air plants are not listed.


https://www.invasive.org/south/seweeds.cfm
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- water by soaking. Then shake off excess water. Can be weekly or every few days depending on how dry your area is.
- do not place on material that stays wet.
- need light. Rotate plants so they’re not kept in the dark (room with no sunlight) all the time.
- Fertilizer - since they’re not deriving nutrients from soil, you need to provide fertilizer with soluble nitrogen (not urea). Urea, commonly used in fertilizers, is broken down by soil bacteria into soluble nitrogen (nitrates, ammonium ions) that can then be utilized by plants.
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- water by soaking. Then shake off excess water. Can be weekly or every few days depending on how dry your area is.
- do not place on material that stays wet.
- need light. Rotate plants so they’re not kept in the dark (room with no sunlight) all the time.
- Fertilizer - since they’re not deriving nutrients from soil, you need to provide fertilizer with soluble nitrogen (not urea). Urea, commonly used in fertilizers, is broken down by soil bacteria into soluble nitrogen (nitrates, ammonium ions) that can then be utilized by plants.
So Druidia.....Does someone put the fertilizer in the water that they later shake off...

just curious...

Greg.... I wonder if you could "preserve" them for your wife by spraying them with poliurethane or something like that. Caveat... I know nothing about horticulture.... a little about wifes.
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I was thinking that you put the fertilizer/ water mixture in a mister bottle, and lightly spritz the plants every few days.

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Yes, fertilizer can be in the water used for watering.

Some people soak. Some people spray. See which one works for your plants.

I had a couple of Tillandsia for 6 yrs but died when they got squashed behind a heavy clay pot.
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Thanks for an interesting thread.

I didn't even know I knew this word, let alone could spell it! Epiphytes. Spell-check doesn't know it.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/hou...-epiphytes.htm

If the plant contains imported fire ants, you can always get this fly that will eat their brains - https://www.wired.com/2013/12/absurd...-its-head-off/
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She did the water dip thing. Now she is misting with water every other day, but trying to get a feel for what the creatures like regarding watering, as to not drown or drought them.. Right now they are looking kind of anemic. Did not see any fire ants thankfully. Will check on the fertilizer. Thanks all.
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We had them in KY at one time (bought here) so I don't think you need to be reported.

Druidia's advice above rings a distant bell in my memory plant
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Right now they are looking kind of anemic.
Well, even most rain forests get some sunlight. That doesn't look very sunny?

I was teasing about the fire ants. . . I hope! I had them in my kitchen- awful!
The plant police worry about diseases, too. California is especially fierce about that because of the agriculture.
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