How Air Plants Grow Without Soil | The New Yorker

Air plants have no stems and don’t require soil to grow. They’re also related to . . . pineapples? We explore the ways in which air plants, or the genus Tillandsia, are much more than a millennial hobby—they are one of nature’s continually evolving species, and they’re an obsession that connects people all over the world.

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How Air Plants Grow Without Soil | The New Yorker

50 Comments

  1. Juliet Sankar on April 28, 2021 at 12:36 am

    You all should come to Trinidad. We’ve got them like crazy and its so common that we don’t even acknowledge it. We just refer to them as "wild pine". You can see them on electricity poles/wires, fences, mango trees…the list goes on. The variety is crazy

  2. eyecan8 on April 28, 2021 at 12:36 am

    I have 6 very small ones, i keep in the bath room. Is that ok?😳

  3. PAUL POIRIER on April 28, 2021 at 12:37 am

    also what is the species at 8:28

  4. Miguel Mac on April 28, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I got one in school it cost 7 dollars because it was a ilttle big

  5. Kyriah voices on April 28, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Woo amazing 👍👍

  6. Myrna Rose on April 28, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Did that woman just say the new world? Where has she been the past 500 years?

  7. April Maestre on April 28, 2021 at 12:42 am

    How can I rescue my air plants for many caterpillars and insects without moving out in their place

  8. a1959girl on April 28, 2021 at 12:42 am

    What do you mean that you made.

  9. Hilda Gijón on April 28, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Donde puedo tomar un curso para saber mas de su reproducción

  10. maidmoira on April 28, 2021 at 12:44 am

    wow they are way to expensive to buy

  11. Yoni Segal on April 28, 2021 at 12:46 am

    How do air plants reproduce?

  12. kuyaz Chadz TV. on April 28, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Nice air plant. Very informative videos. Thanks for your sharing.

  13. Maria Welling on April 28, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I brought three, I did some research first to learn more about their care. I love them.

  14. Saving Lives By Touching Souls on April 28, 2021 at 12:54 am

    We humans are air plants after our last day on earth

  15. Cha N on April 28, 2021 at 12:54 am

    The old lady is always seem has a happy spirit, the guy is cute. And I want them air plants! 😍

  16. ΔΕΛΤΑ on April 28, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I know the YouTube comments section isn’t the typical place to ask for plant advice, but I’m asking nonetheless. I bought a wispy tillandsia caerulea recently and I need some watering advice. All the places that I’ve looked up so far says dunking or misting works. Which one is more effective though?

  17. Dante Nelson on April 28, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Thank you for finally giving me some peace of mind 😄 you use to have so many questions but I feel complete.

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  19. julian correa on April 28, 2021 at 12:58 am

    thank you ❤️ 🌵🍁☘️

  20. Jaquelin Aguirre on April 28, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Coworker gifted me two tiny air plants today and this is why Im here :)))) thanks for this great info!!!

  21. B. La Fountaine on April 28, 2021 at 12:59 am

    How are there enough nutrients in the air? Houseplants need to be repotted about once a year in fresh (nutrient rich) soil and/or fed plant food nutrients regularly. So confused about this!

  22. A S on April 28, 2021 at 12:59 am

    These are so neat.

  23. ALEX ZOU on April 28, 2021 at 12:59 am

    CAN I HAVE SOME PLANT

  24. Lanie bayangan on April 28, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Namamatay nman ung mga airplant ko

  25. Kr MM on April 28, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Оснастить. Самолёт. Авиопаршутами. Делайте. Самолёты. Чтобы. Крыша. Самолёта. Открывалась. Как. У. Космического. Чеснока. Дисковери. Под. Каждое. Сидение. Катапульт. И. Авиопаршут. В. Случае. Аварийной. Ситуации. Крыша. Самолёта. Открываеца. И. Люди. Катапультируюца. Данное. Сообщение. Мне. За. Вознаграждение. В один. Миллиард долларов. США. И три. Гражданства. Два. Гренкард. Коваль. Олег. 1978. Кому. Кишынев. 069687160 60658259 коваль. Олег 373

  26. Call Me By Your Name on April 28, 2021 at 1:01 am

    COVID brought me here.

  27. Springzecke on April 28, 2021 at 1:04 am

    I love my tillandsias.

  28. Home Garden TV on April 28, 2021 at 1:04 am

    How i can buy this plant..?? Can i get id or Instagram

  29. maidmoira on April 28, 2021 at 1:05 am

    could they paste to an old crab

  30. Momma Bear on April 28, 2021 at 1:07 am

    <— 34 year old millennial with a 5 bedroom house PAID OFF and a brand new car. Why do old people think we are forever stuck in our teenage years? It’s getting weird.

  31. P⃤ on April 28, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Great

  32. Just Shai on April 28, 2021 at 1:09 am

    What type of thillandsia is that?

  33. kirbyman1kanden7pf on April 28, 2021 at 1:10 am

    plants are insect magnets I don’t want them in my room

  34. KENTOSI on April 28, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Anyone know more about where this woman’s nursery is? I want to go visit!

  35. Leo unknown on April 28, 2021 at 1:13 am

    If we can make these edible would be a game changer

  36. Glen on April 28, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Should you spray them with liquid fertilizer?

  37. Debra Teregeyo on April 28, 2021 at 1:15 am

    How to to get seeds?

  38. ALEX ZOU on April 28, 2021 at 1:20 am

    what kind of plant is that ???

  39. Kim and Ari on April 28, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Love these!!! The only plant I can have as I can’t be around mold/mulch.

  40. Alejandra Flores on April 28, 2021 at 1:23 am

    i don’t like her tone…… boomers 🙄

  41. Christos on April 28, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Talking about parasites and presenting a Vanda seedling at 4:47 …… You failed… Miserably…

  42. Caroline Maslin on April 28, 2021 at 1:25 am

    This is my first year with my airplants and I’m hoping I get them through the winter okay, I put mine in the fish tank once a week. I get mixed messages some dip in water and shake them some leave them in water for an hour. But can’t find anything on overwintering them. Wish I had a greenhouse

  43. Francheska Nichole Mañalac on April 28, 2021 at 1:26 am

    My brothers element is air and he found out about this plant😂

  44. Annie Borela on April 28, 2021 at 1:29 am

    I just started to care some. But very much excited to have more of them. They’re so beautiful

  45. Rolando Michael on April 28, 2021 at 1:29 am

    I had this suspicion that air plants spread laughing pheromones in a small dose, based on this video

  46. N Harmon on April 28, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Mary Jane

  47. Malisya Lily on April 28, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Hello..im julia sarawak malaysia..love to see tilandsia..🥰🥰🥰

  48. cyber syrup on April 28, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Shes so cute, what a baddie in the 80s lol

  49. Georgia L on April 28, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Omg not everything is “millennial” Christ

  50. Mizz. Person on April 28, 2021 at 1:32 am

    💗 my air plants! Great mini documentary!

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