"They are plants but you will love them like pets."
That's according to Alice Radabaugh of Newcomerstown, who owns Alice's "Air Pets."
Tillandsia or air plants make up the largest genus of the Bromeliad family with nearly 550 species. Tillandsia are the newest plants to evolved no the evolutionary time line. Native to warmer climates of the Americas, they are found in jungle rain forests to arid desert raining from seas level to higher mountain regions.
The important functions of moisture and nutrient absorption rely upon the leaves. This is what gives Tillandsias their versatile and easy to care for characteristics.
The three most important requirements are bright indirect sunlight, good air circulation and ample moisture.
Radabaugh has had a diverse, hands on interest in plants all her life from houseplants to vegetable gardens to just about anything grown in greenhouses.
In addition to home parties, Radabaugh plans attending other functions such as farm markets, fairs, trade days and festivals.
Upcoming events include: Every Wednesday (June through October) from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover; July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dresden Days, Dresden; Aug. 10 and 11, Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival, Cambridge City Park, Cambridge; Oct. 6-8, Valley View Trade Days, Buffalo; and Nov. 16-18, Christmas Connection, I-X Center, Cleveland (booth no. 155).
For information, call 330-243-5732, email AlicesAirPets@live.com or visit Facebook.com/AlicesAirPets.