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FOUND: massive airplants fell from a majestic oak tree. How do I care for it?

FOUND: massive airplants fell from a majestic oak tree. How do I care for it?

NoblePlant2

I can provide my shipping address?


Racchi2point0

I like your style. I made my husband go around the block and let me jump out to get this bad mamajama. I've been following this sub for awhile because I find tiny airplants in the yard sometimes and want to care for them. But I've never seen anything like this before.


dinosaurfondue

That's so cool! I've never even considered the idea that you might be able to find airplants in the wild. Are you located in an area where they're more common? I have no idea how they even end up on trees!


Racchi2point0

I live in north central Florida. I find them frequently enough that I've considered selling them, to be honest. If I picked up and saved every one I've found, I'd be overrun at home by now. ... Again, I'm still not entirely certain I know how to give them proper care. But if I ever figure it out, watch out! I have to figure it's similar to Spanish moss. Do you have that around where you are?


ElriaaStryder

Oh you are living the dream of every one who loves air plants. I live in a region where they don't live naturally so they feel very exotic to me 😅


NoblePlant2

Sounds to me like toss it in your front yard and it will do fine


laceleatherpearls

Very cool! Not sure the species but it kinda looks thirsty. I’ve read before you should be carefully about bringing them into your home from the wild because they may have pests. You may want to considering giving it a good washing off in a shower to remove any bugs and hopefully it hydrates the fella. The rule of thumb is have them dried off in 4 hours to prevent rot from forming around the base of the colony.


Racchi2point0

Thanks! This is very helpful.


NoblePlant2

It is in bloom also!


Bulbous-Walrus

Are you in Florida? This looks like t. bartramii. If you put it in a tree or outside structure it’ll do fine!! You can probably break that into two or three places and spread it.


Bulbous-Walrus

As long as it has access to rain you won’t even have to water it.


Racchi2point0

I am in Florida! I do have a garden outside, so I may put this one out there. I want it to thrive! Thanks for the advice.


ArtsyPhartsyWoman

don't you have a tree you can put it back in?


Racchi2point0

You know, if I thought it wouldn't get knocked down again and picked up by the lawn maintenance folks, maybe I'd do that.