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Plant of the Week: Tillandsia (Air Plants)

Looking for unique plants to tuck around your home? You'll love Tillandsia (also known as Air Plants). Set them on a stack of books, hang them near a window, grow them on driftwood or simply set them in a shallow dish. No soil needed!

Whether it’s because of the plant’s popularity on Pinterest boards, or its architecture appeal, the tillandsia plant has made a comeback in the horticulture world—and in a big way. Tillandsia are one of the easiest plants to grow and is the largest genus in the bromeliad family. Commonly known as air plants, they are found from jungle to rain forest to even desert environments.

Most tillandsia species use their root systems to attach themselves to trees or rocks and absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves. This classifies them as epiphytes. Since tillandsia are epiphytes, the mounting medium you choose is limited only by your imagination. These plants are adaptable and tolerant to a wide range of environmental conditions and require minimal care.

If your tillandsia is going to be indoors, care must be taken to provide enough light and correct moisture to maintain a healthy plant. Bright light or filtered sun is recommended. To water, simply mist 2-4 times a week with a water bottle. Never leave them standing in water.

Air plants do exceptionally well in outdoor environments. A backyard tree, screened porch or pool patio will be the most likely areas to find the bright filtered light conditions that tillandsias love. Plants grown in humid outdoor environments should be watered once weekly. In drier climates, more frequent watering may be necessary. If the plant’s leaves start to curl or roll, it could be in indication of dehydration.

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INDOOR BLOOMS: The Best Houseplants to Enjoy This Winter

Find yourself pining for those sunny spring days full of your favorite blooming flowers? Us too. The best medicine for any gardener and flower lover is to surround yourself with colorful blooms indoors. There are loads of plants that will give you that spring feeling inside your home. We’ve chosen a few of our favorite blooming houseplants featuring great flower power that pack a punch.

Cyclamen - this cool weather bloomer boasts unusually shaped, colorful blossoms and variegated gray-green elliptical leaves. Depending on the variety, the blossoms may be pink, lavender, deep purple, white or red.

Orchids - Orchids are among the most spectacular of all flowering plants! Available in a myriad of colors, shapes and sizes there is an orchid for everyone. They range in size from a two-inch plant that can sit in the palm of your hand to five-foot giants. Some can be fragrant with luscious scents of citrus, raspberry, lilacs, coconut and even chocolate. No matter your preference, the beauty of the flower is undeniable.

Kalanchoe - Big beauty, low maintenance. This colorful little succulent plant is easy to grow and almost as easy to bloom. Kalanchoe grows 8 to 12 inches tall with clusters of small, upright flowers in a rainbow of colors, including red, orange, yellow, gold, purple and white. It has thick, rich green, succulent leaves that retain water to sustain the plant with little water..

Bromeliads - This tough, low-light houseplants can endure a wide range of indoor conditions with minimal care. These spectacular plants, related to the pineapple family, are available in an impressive palette of bright tropical colors, with unique foliage that adds a pop of color to any home. Bromeliads make excellent houseplants and a single plant can be a stunning focal point in any indoor or outdoor room. With long-lasting, brilliantly colored foliage, bromeliads adapt to the unfavorable growing conditions that exist in most homes

African Violets - Known as the world’s all-time favorite windowsill houseplant, African Violets are growing in popularity. They are one of the easiest and most adaptable flowering houseplants to grow, and the requirements for success are simple -- find a good spot, don’t over water, and they’ll shower you with blooms during any season! With literally thousands of varieties to choose from there’s something for every taste.

Plant of the Week: Rosemary Topiaries & Cones

Add festive cheer and fragrance to your Christmas this year with rosemary topiaries and cones. Rosemary, perennial herb with fragrant, needle-like leaves in silvery gray green, is a holiday must-have.

These hardy evergreens are easy to grow, beautiful to look at and just so happens to be super useful too. Among rosemary's many uses, it's prized in the culinary world for its flavorful leaves. It is also beloved for its lovely fragrance and pretty, petite blue flowers that appear each spring. But did you know that rosemary is right up there with mistletoe and frankincense when it comes to holiday decorating? Rosemary makes an ideal holiday accent throughout your home. For entertaining, arrange trees around the buffet or as table centerpieces. With their festive wraps, these tabletop trees add splashes of color and shimmering accents throughout the season. In entryways, their fresh, crisp fragrance welcomes guests and beckons them inside. And add a little nature to holiday packages by tucking in a few springs into ribbon. Rosemary cones and topiaries are also a perfect choice for outdoor use in containers by the front door. So be creative and add this festive evergreen to your holiday décor this season. Oh, and did we mention – rosemary cones and topiaries make a great gift!

Rosemary Care Tips: During the winter months, rosemary likes a nice sunny spot. Place in a bright window, and turn the plant so that it gets sun on both sides. The soil in the pot needs to be well drained. Water it from the top every other day. Water may remain in the saucer to provide humidity for the plant. Adjust the watering schedule if necessary to be sure the soil never dries out.

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