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June 19, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Bonsai nursery air plant product description

BrokenwateringinstructionsJason Sherrill writes:

I found a Bonsai nursery air plant on In the product features, the seller claims that no watering is required for this air plant.

However, in the product description, the care instructions state: "Provide bright or subdued indirect sunlight, humidity, warmth, and weekly watering."

So does this Bonsai need watering or not?

[For something called an "air plant," seems like that would be one of the first questions to answer on the product page. -mh]



Also, this is VERY contradictory. I am working on bonsai trees, and they DO require weekly watering, even more sometimes.

But an air plant doesn't because it gets its water from the air. You can't have a bonsai air-plant. They are contradictory. I used to have one. It was just glued to a rock. You don't water them. Trust me.

Posted by: Gabriel J. Smolnycki at June 19, 2007 06:52 AM

Um, Gabriel, were you TRYING to be contradictory too? "You can't have a bonsai air-plant... I used to have one." Huh?!

I'm wondering though, if maybe you don't water the plant itself, but only the rocks underneath it to provide humidity? If that's the case, then it should be more specific. Bonsai trees are hard enough without bogus instructions. Definitely broken!

Posted by: ambrocked at June 19, 2007 01:03 PM

Oops. I mean I had an air-plant. I also have bonsai trees. But not both...

Posted by: Gabriel J. Smolnycki at June 20, 2007 07:01 AM

Sorry Gabriel but you are wrong. As a Plant Science major i can tell you that the plant is an Epiphytic plant. It use photosynthesis for energy and obtains moisture from the air or from dampness on the surface of their hosts through its roots. The roots are used to hold to the host and to collect and hold in the moisture. It DOES need to be watered at least once a week by use of few squirts from a spray bottle.

p.s. upon further inspection of the site, it does state that the plant is an Epiphyte.

Posted by: monday09 at June 20, 2007 05:26 PM

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