How do air plants survive?



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    Air plants, or epiphytic plants, use photosynthesis for energy and (where non-aquatic) obtain moisture from the air or from dampness (rain and cloud moisture) on the surface of their hosts. Roots may develop primarily for attachment, and specialized structures (for example, cups and scales) may be used to collect or hold moisture. At some point, the plant will bloom. A month or so after the flower grows, the plant will produce ‘pups’, little miniature air plants that grow out of their side. When the pups are almost as large as their parent, they can be detached; if you have to tug and rip, they’re not ready yet. The parent plant can produce several ‘litters’ before dying.

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