A charming addition to any room or garden, air plants have crept into our hearts with their ability to sit perched on a bookshelf and to add an element of Dr. Seuss to everyday life. With an admitted cloudy grasp on how to properly care for these epiphytes, many fans on our Facebook page revealed their trials and errors which inspired Annette Gutierrez of Potted in Los Angeles to give us all a few tips for these soil-less sensations.
The poet Hart Crane once called air plants, or tillandsias, a genus of the bromeliad family, an "inverted octopus with heavenward arms." Needing no soil, these amazing plants come in a variety of fantastic shapes and colors.
Explore the many-hued, multifarious world of bromeliads with our exclusive photos and read the story of David Shiigi, bromeliad-grower and hydridizer extraordinaire, who serenades his bromeliads with a Hawaiian guitar.