Is Bromeliad An Air Plant

What exactly is a bromeliad? And why are we discussing bromeliads on a website dedicated to tillandsias? Bromeliads, or tropical plants, are members of the Bromeliaceae family, of which Tillandsia plants (also known as air plants) are a genus. Plants in the plant kingdom are classified into several families, orders, and genuses, as we all learned in school (albeit a very long time ago!).

So, if we look at how you would categorize a Tillandsia caput medusae air plant, it is as follows:

What distinguishes a bromeliad from an air plant?

Contrary to “bromeliads,” tillandsia, or “air plants,” should never be planted on soil or another substrate. Although tillandsia and bromeliads are both epiphytes and grow on anything they can root to, including trees, rocks, other plants, the sides of houses, etc., bromeliads do quite well when planted in soil. The thread-like, tough roots of tillandsia and bromeliads are not used to absorb nutrition. Instead, the roots serve mainly structural purposes, maintaining the plant’s location. Long-term moisture will cause tillandsia to rot and die, while bromeliads flourish in water tanks that are always full.

Water Differences, Bromeliad VS Tillandsia

Bromeliads have “water tanks,” while air plants called tillandsia do not. Through the use of organs known as Trichomes, Tillandsia are able to collect water and nutrients through their leaves. Since people are accustomed to checking for moist soil or full water tanks for bromeliads, this frequently causes new growers anxiety. As previously indicated, tillandsia on the other hand, absorb water and nutrients through their leaf. Never keep tillandsia damp for an extended amount of time. They’ll perish by drowning.

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Why do bromeliads go by the name Airplants?

Tillandsia cling to other surfaces as they grow. A few can be grown in the ground or in pots, but most do best when mounted on something else. Other genera of plants typically have roots that absorb water and nutrients from the earth. The main function of a Tillandsia’s roots is to provide support. The name “air plants” comes from the fact that the roots adhere to the host plant or mount and receive moisture and nutrients from the air rather than from the soil. Their leaves include tiny protrusions that serve as moisture and nutrient collectors. Trichomes are the name given to these objects. The plant consumes water from dew and rain in its natural habitat. Only humidity will not keep them alive.

Tillandsia only has one flower, like the majority of bromeliads. Before they flower, portions of the leaves, known as bracts, may change to a vivid shade like pink or red. A bromeliad flower will often last for a long time, however the plant will eventually die once the flower has faded. Pups are the plant’s young, which it produces before it dies. These young plants can be taken from their mother and cultivated separately.