You might have seen the Mile Marker boards that parents create for their children – they highlight things like the height, weight, likes, and dislikes of their child at various stages of life. We at Nick’s Garden Center think Plant Parents should have something like this for their Plant Babies as well! Our Plant Parent Chalkboard Photos and blogs will provide you with an overview of what each plant needs in order to “grow up” happy and healthy!
Maybe the cutest airplant that ever lived, Tectorum Ecuador is covered in fuzzy green fur called Trichomes. This fur acts as a sponge when wet, soaking up water to help hydrate the plant. This air plant is unique from most air plants in other ways too. For one thing, it doesn’t grow on other plants like many air plants. Native to the West Indies and Peru, this air plant grows on rocks and gets its moisture from low clouds that float around thy mountains they grow on. These little spongy hairs help Tectorum Ecuador to survive in areas with high sunlight and low humidity, which also sets it apart from many other air plants.
Because they don’t require soil, air plants can be placed just about anywhere. They are often mounted with craft glue on decorative wood, placed in the crooks of deep frames, or used in terrariums. However, these air plants store their own water like succulents, so they shouldn’t be used in enclosed terrariums where they will be kept in a moist environment.
Most air plants are watered by soaking them in water once a week or so, but because Tectorum Ecuador stores its own water, it only needs a misting, or at the most a quick dip, every couple of weeks. If your climate or environment is dry or very hot you may want to water the plant more often.
With their wispy furry light green rounded leaves and their purple and pale pink flowers (in the right conditions) these air plants are a sophisticated addition to any Plant Parent’s collection. Plus, they’re the easiest air plant to care for since they can survive some neglect, making them great for any Plant Parent who is new to air plants, busy and likely to not have time to water, or travels often. The possibilities for placing this plant are almost endless. Christmas ornaments, sea urchin shells, maybe even a headband or a barette? Get creative with yours and make living art!