eli5: what are air plants?


I recently bought one that hangs from the ceiling in a pretty golden frame because it seemed like such a foreign concept. A plant that doesn’t need soil? Where do the nutrients come from that it needs to stay alive? Especially since they are able to go for so long without being watered.

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They pull nutrients and moisture from the air through their leaves.

Their roots are more for anchoring than pulling nutrients.

In terms of watering they do need quite a bit of water, but soaks are sufficient once a week. (A good number of plants require watering once a week, especially if indoors)