Tips for adding low-maintenance air plants to home decor

Visit any garden center right now and you will find an extensive array of air plants for sale. And nearly every home decor store currently includes these low-maintenance plants boasting exciting and beautiful design features.

These tropical plants have even found their way into bridal bouquets and fresh-cut flower arrangements. Air plants are quite simply the darlings of indoor plantscaping right now, especially for those who lack the requisite green thumb or abhor the mess of potting soil in the house.

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But just what are air plants? Air plants are in the Tillandsia genus and are members of the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae), which includes pineapple, Spanish moss, orchids and an array of colorful flowering tropical plants commonly called bromeliads. These types of plants are some of the best houseplants for removing pollution from the air. There are more than 500 species of air plants with a variety of leaf colors, textures, and flowers.