AIR PLANT CARE
WHEN MY AIRPLANT ARRIVES
When you first receive your air plant water straight away and place in an area that receives bright indirect sunlight. You can either mist (recommended) or soak* your air plant. If you soak do so for no more than 30 minutes. Be sure to shake off any excess water and allow to dry within 4 hours after watering. If your air plant is not dry after 4 hours place by a fan or where it will receive plenty of air flow.
*Please note that it is recommended that you only mist Tillandsia tectorum as soaking can damage it.
Now that your air plant has arrived you'll want to place it in bright indirect light. It's best to place it no more than 10 inches away from a window or under a bright full spectrum light. Some air plants can benefit from direct sunlight a few hours per day but it's not for every air plant. Contact us to find out if your air plant can benefit from direct sunlight.
All air plants do best in temperatures between 50-90˚F. They can handle slightly lower and higher temperatures for short periods of time and below freezing for a very short amount of time (about an hour, but please do your best to avoid it).
Our favorite way to water air plants is to mist them with distilled water every other day. Less if it's humid and more if it's dry. You can also choose to soak* your air plant once to twice a week for 30 minutes. Soaking takes less time so it's a preferred watering method for those with a busy schedule.
Once watered shake any excess water that may collect inside the air plant and lay it out to dry. Be sure it is dry within 4 hours. If there is still water on it after that time place your air plant where it will receive some air flow (by a window or a fan). Air plants are sensitive to rot and this helps ensure it that it won't. If you place your air plant inside a glass dome or enclosed container always make sure it's fully dry before placing it back inside.
Over time you'll notice browning leaves at the base and sometimes the tips will turn brown. This is completely normal for air plants. For aesthetic reasons you can "groom" your air plant. You should easily be able to pull dead or dying leaves off the base and trim the browning leaves at an angle with scissors. If the leaves don't pull off easily, wait until they can.
Your air plant will also grow roots (if it doesn't have them when you receive it). These roots are hold fasts, which means they are purely for attaching to another plant or surface. It will not harm it if you trim the roots. Some people prefer to do so and therefore it's up to the preference of the individual.
Just like all other plants, air plants can benefit from regular feedings. Fertilizing with a high quality bromeliad/tillandsia food is best and you can find it on our site if you click here. They will benefit if you fertilizer once a month according to the instructions.
It's best to avoid using house plant fertilizers on air plants because they contain copper and other heavy metals that can actually harm them. Other house plants benefit from copper but air plants do not.
Please note that our care instructions are basic instructions and each species has its own special requirements. If you'd like to know more about specific species feel free to contact us and we can provide as much information as we can on it.
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