Air plants are the way to go for busy people
It started as a hobby, which grew into an obsession, and now, Wan Ting is the proud owner of A Tilly A Day. Rock up to the store in Waterway Point and you’ll find serenity in the natural greenery. The shop gets its name from tillandsia – the scientific name for air plants, her biggest passion. Discover how diverse the range of air plants are: from the bulbous and onion-looking to the leafy and flowering sorts. And the absolute best part of air plants is that it basically survives on nothing, besides some water misting and the occasional bath.
Tell us about your obsession with air plants.
I love plants but was never good at keeping them alive – until I had air plants. I joined many Facebook hobby groups where I would get tips on how to care for air plants and I began putting in more effort in gardening. My passion started when the air plants I had started growing and giving me babies. Soon one became 10 and that made me feel so excited like I had done something right.
What do people always get wrong about plants?
That they are very difficult to maintain. People should also make an effort to know more about the plant type and the conditions it needs to thrive. Every plant is different. For some, its needs are very minimal. For more finicky ones, it’s all about balance – not too much sunlight which means a lot of shifting it around. But remember, taking care of plants should be enjoyable and you shouldn’t feel like a slave to your plants.
What do you love about plants?
I think for me it’s the feeling of putting some time into your hobby and then seeing results. I always feel calmer when I’m working on my plants. It’s a form of therapy for me.