How do I water an airplant?

An air plant needs water, food and light like other plants do. Because it doesn’t root in the soil and lives off the ground, many people think it doesn’t need watering and lives on air. This is wrong. This is why your air plants have died. It doesn’t use its roots to take up water, […]

How can I tell if my air plant is going to flower?

In the south east corner of the UK, my air plants seem to flower either in the late summer or in the late winter (very roughly). It takes a long time for them to build up to it, rather like giving out ‘save the day’ cards to all their friends, and then faffing around for […]

What is a Tillandsia?

A Tillandsia is the scientific name for what many people call an air plant. They are members of the bromeliad family, and most are epiphytes. Other bromeliads are the pineapple, spanish moss and the plant in which small frogs live, mentioned by Terry Pratchett in the Bromeliad Trilogy. Tillandsias are mostly smaller and more able to […]

Renting and gardening

I am a failed Generation X. Somewhere along the way I ended up renting instead of being a Buy-to-let squillionaire. As the oldest millennial horticulturist, I needed to find a way to garden in a rented property. When I moved into my current home (imagine a single-storey box with a flat roof, cover it in gravel-dash*, […]

Potted

In central London, in the RHS Lindley Library there is a small exhibition called ‘Potted’. To quote the blurb “In celebration of the humble houseplant, this exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library presents a series of designs by students from Central Saint Martins college. In a collaborative project with the library, the students have investigated […]

‘Tis the season…

…to bring the last of your houseplants indoors if they have been holidaying outside. Here in the far south east of England the temperatures have dropped to about 3c overnight, which means that even the mediterranean-type plants (those hardy to just above or brief periods below 0c) will need protection. If you are faced with […]

# Urban Jungle Bloggers Desert Still Life

The October challenge from Urban Jungle Bloggers is a Desert Still Life. This worried me a bit, because being picky I initially wanted to make sure that the plants were all at least from the same continent, rather than just randomly selected xerophytes. But I gave up on this as being just a touch too challenging […]

#urbanjungle #plantselfie

  Urban Jungle is a global community of plant lovers started by Igor and Judith. As part of the Urban Jungle blog topic for September this is my #plantselfie. Go and check out the other blogs in the series – if you think indoor plants are dull or stuck in the 70s, they will change […]