Origin: Central/ South America, West Indies and southern United States
Culture: Bright filtered sunlight. Water 3-4 days a week, if air plant is indoors. Likes fresh air. Humid location. Frost sensitive. Give leaves fertilizer once a month.
Description: Ornamental epiphyte. Found growing on trees and rocks in deserts, rain forests and mountains. Wonderful wall display. Easy to care for.
Origin: southern Brazil
Culture: Part sun, or bright indoors. Well-drained, semi-moist soil.
Description: Epiphyte. Short day plant
Fruiting/Flowering time: Hot pink/red blooms usually in December.
Rhipsalidopsis gaertnerii or Hatiora gaertneri
Origin: eastern Brazil
Culture: Part sun, or bright light indoors. Well-drained soil, like a cactus mix. Moist soil okay, just not soggy. Cut back on water in the fall and winter. Needs a few months of evening temps about 45-60° F, or slightly below, to help with flowering in the spring. Likes temps of 75-80° F most of the year. Desires humidity.
Description: Epiphyte. Short day plant. Grow on trees, or rocks, in their native habitat. Flat succulent green leaves. Star-shaped flowers, that are either lavender, orange, peach, pink or red. Flowers open at dawn and close at dusk.
Hanging basket, houseplant.
Flowering time: March-May
Origin: Eastern Mexico (near Gulf Coast)
Culture: Shade tolerant. Many soil types okay. Frost tender; dies back during frost but resprouts.
Description: Evergreen. Small, pink, sterile flowers. Ornamental. Hanging basket, air purifier, houseplant, groundcover, border garden.
Origin: West Africa
Height/width: 3-4' tall
Culture: Bright light, can deal with low light. Well-drained or sandy soil. Water occasionally. Don't over water! Frost sensitive.
Description: Dark green, sword-like leaves. Variegated type has yellow around leaf margins. Hardy evergreen. Tropical ornamental. Air purifier. Spreads by rhizomes.Transplant and fertilize in the spring. Easy to grow.
Lifespan: Slow-growing perennial. Long-lived if indoors.
Origin: African, Australian, southeast Asian and South American
Height/width: 3.3' wide.
Culture: Bright light in filtered shade. Likes moisture. High humidity is fine. Temps in summer no higher than 75 degrees F, winter no lower than 55 degrees F. Protect from winds.
Description: Large green fronds. Decorative. Bracket epiphyte that grows on tree trunks and rocks. Found in tropical and temperate areas. Great houseplant, hanging plant, garden accent. As leaves wither, gently remove them.
Lifespan: Tropical perennial
Height/width: 1-3' tall, 2' wide
Culture: Epiphytic. Central cup should be filled with water, refill every ten days. Partial shade. Well-drained soil, that retains moisture.
Description: Indoor and outdoor plant. Vase-shaped basal rosette. Received Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Flowering time: Takes about five years before it flowers.
Lifespan: Evergreen perennial
Origin: South Africa
Height/width: 8 inches to one foot tall.
Culture: Partial sun to partial shade. Well-drained soil. Let soil dry out before watering again. Susceptible to rot if over-watered. Frost tender if temps fall below 40° F. Summer dormant.
Description: Ornamental succulent. Grows in clumps, via offsets. Basal rosette spirals upward into a columnar shape. White freckled leaves. Pinkish-white blooms on ends of long, thin racemes.
Grow indoors, in containers, fairy or rock gardens.
Flowering time: Spring
Earned the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.