Your guide to taking care of the world's most low-maintenance plants.More
Into plants but not dirt? Want to add some greenery to your life, but can't remember to water something to save your life? We have the answer to all of your green-thumb woes: air plants, also known as Tillandsia, if you're fancy. Native to rainforests, where they grow high up in the canopy, air plants are the ideal low-maintenance botanical additions to your home. They're incredibly forgiving and adaptable, mess-free, and also really, really cool-looking.
Here's everything you need to know about the hassle-free plants.
Don't overthink it. Just put them in a bright spot and then give them a few squirts of water every now and then. Experts recommend misting twice a week—though we contend, from experience, that you can get away with even less. Here's a pro-tip that will make your life even easier: the master gardeners at The Sill recommend putting air plants next to your potted plants, since they'll absorb the moisture that evaporates off. And if you're still worried you'll end up forgetting to water them, Ken Shelf, the co-owner of San Francisco's Succulence suggests keeping a mister right next to your coffee maker as an early morning reminder.