Air Plant Roots
Today I am continuing my Air Plant Care Series and we are delving into Air Plant Roots. Our model for today is this beautiful bright green Brachycaulos Mid. If you are new to Air Plants, check out my Air Plant Care Guide!
Tillandsia's, aka Air Plants, are also known as Epiphytes (eh-peh-fights).
An epiphyte is any type of plant that is "attached to another plant or object merely for physical support". Other examples of epiphytes are moss, lichen, algae and bromeliads.
What all this means is that the roots that occasionally grow on Air Plants are used for anchoring them. They aren't a necessary part of the growth cycle since they aren't used to gather nutrients like herbs, trees, and other plants.
Much like Pilot Fish, that swim near Sharks like an entourage, enjoying any leftovers. The Air Plants themselves gather all of its nutrients in the form of water and minerals from the humidity, the air and the rain, as well as any additional debris from the tree or rocks that they are anchored to.
Let's break it down, shall we?
- Your Air Plants don't need the roots.
- Let's get rid of them.
You can remove the roots with a pair of sharp and clean scissors with a good snip. Just make sure you don't cut too close to the base.
And voila! You just gave your super happy air plant a hair cut! And can I just say, it's looking great.
I hope this post helped. If you have any other questions about air plants, let me know in the comments below. And if you would like to pick up an air plant of your own, you can buy one in my shop!