7 Simple Steps for Air Plant Care

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Don’t be fooled by the artificial look of air plants. These very real, and simplistic plants are a smaller relative of the Bromeliad family. Air plants (tillandsia) are wonderful for beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts. They are very popular because of their durability and low care requirements. These plants produce a bulb-like base with thin to thick, curly leaves that are often silver-grey or green in color.

These plants grow naturally on trees in the tropics, absorbing nutrients from the air, rain, and debris around them – making them a perfect air purifier in your home or office! As a houseplant, they can be grown in or out of soil, in small pots, hanging fixtures, or resting on a windowsill.

Light – Air plants grow in bright to medium, indirect, or filtered lighting. Fluorescent is the best artificial light if growing indoors. Avoid direct sunlight.

Water - Mist once per week with an occasional submerged bath. Water more in a hot, dry environment and less in a cool one. Filtered or bottled water is best. Tap water may be used if set out for 24 hours to let the chlorine dissipate. Avoid softened water due to salt content and never use distilled water.

Air - Following watering, air plants should have enough light and air to dry in about an hour. Do not keep an air plant damp for extended periods of time.

Temperature - Optimum room temperatures in a typical household range from 65-75 degrees F. Most can tolerate higher temperatures, such as sitting outside during the summer on a shaded deck or patio. None will survive in temperatures below 40 degrees F.

Displaying - Air plants can grow on about anything and with or without soil. Popular choices are wood, rock, seashells, pottery, or decorative objects. Avoid placing in a container that holds water.

Flowers - Each plant will bloom once in its lifetime. Flowers can last several days to a few months, depending on the species and environment. Plants continue to thrive after blooming.

Mounting - Glue, wire, twist ties, or fishing line are popular. Use a waterproof glue for best results. If using hot glue, let cool for 5 seconds first. Avoid using super-glue.