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Air Plant Care

Air Plants, or Tillandsias, are a group of plants that don’t need soil to grow. In nature, you can find them growing attached to trees, rocks, or other surfaces. They absorb water and nutrients through their leaves. There are many species of air plants that exist in different colors, shapes and sizes.

How to care for your Air Plant

Use these instructions to care for an Air Plant. This guide will tell you how to water an Air Plant; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Air Plant

LIGHT

While specific light requirements can vary between Tillandsia species, most air plants will do best in very bright but indirect light. Too much direct light can burn your air plants, while low light is also detrimental to the health of your air plants in the long term.

WATER

Every 1-2 weeks, fill a sink or tub with lukewarm water and soak your air plant for 15-30 minutes. After soaking, lay them upside down on a towel until they are completely dry, this will usually take 1-2 hours. This is very important to dry them before putting them back as it prevents rot and mold from occurring. After drying, they can be put back into their home. They would love to be misted in between soakings. During the winter, they will need soakings less frequently and during warm and sunny times, they will need more frequent soakings.

HUMIDITY

Air plants prefer a humid environment. Adding a humidifier to their environment will help, or lightly misting them in between watering waterings will benefit them.

TEMPERATURE

Air plants will do best in temperatures between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

FOOD

During spring and summer, use air plant foliar spray or soak in air plant water-dissolvable fertilizer while soak-watering. Use 1-2 times a month.

TOXICITY

Air plants are considered to be non-toxic.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If your air plant is given correct care, it will eventually bloom. After it blooms, feel free to cut it off. After some time, you will also see new pups forming off of the mother plant. Eventually, the mother plant will die off. You can separate the pups or leave them as is.

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What's an Air Plant?

Botanical Classification: Tillandsia spp.

About

Air plants are a popular addition to many homes due to their attractive appearance and defining quality – they don’t need any soil to grow! This unique arrangement and the fact that they come in many shapes and sizes make them popular decorative plants in many homes. There are over 500 species of these flowering perennials found in nature across the Southern US, Central America, and South America, in all different shapes and colors.

There’s no shortage of interesting ways to display your air plants – from hanging terrariums to display trays. You can even just plop them on a shelf! You can have a lot of fun coming up with ways to group and display them on or around your potted plants.

Fun Fact

Air plants are incredibly easy to propagate! Simply keep an eye out for pups, or baby plants, growing off the mother. Wait till they’re about ⅓ the size of the mother plant, then gently pluck them off at the base of the plant pup and tend to them like any other air plant.

Pictured Left: Air Plant

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