How To Care For Air Plants

Do you have air plants and wish to learn more on how to take care of them? This article explains how!

Tillandsias, often known as air plants, are a common and simple to grow plant. They've become incredibly popular and are frequently used in homes and workplaces. They naturally bloom on another host, tree, or item and are considered an epiphyte, along with orchids and bromeliads, without taking nutrition from its host. They need water, light, and nutrients but no soil to flourish. 

Did you know that trichomes, which are little tubes found in the leaves of air plants, allow them to absorb moisture and nutrients from the air? If you haven’t, you just learned something new today!

How Frequently Should An Air Plant Be Watered? 

The most crucial thing to keep in mind is that each air plant will need a different amount of water depending on its variety, size, and environment of growth. These are recommendations, not unalterable laws.

Watering air plants at least once a week is beneficial when growing them inside. The location's humidity affects frequency. In comparison to a plant grown in a more humid environment, an air plant grown close to a heater will dry up considerably more quickly and require more frequent watering.

How Much Light Do They Require?

Tillandsias appreciate as much strong indirect light as possible along with a small amount of additional direct sunlight in the morning or late in the day.

Where Should I Place My Air Plants?

Your air plants will thrive in a bathroom or kitchen window, where the steam and moisture will make them extremely content. The effect of temperature on air plant growth and water requirements is also possible. 

Between 10°C and 32°C (50°F-90°F) is the perfect temperature for your air plants to thrive. Since tillandsia are extremely sensitive to cold, freezing temperatures are one thing they do not enjoy.

It makes sense that air plants need clean, healthy air to grow. They require considerable air movement after watering so that they can dry out in 4 hours. Although it is fairly common to place tillandsia in containers or terrariums, where they flourish, it is not advised that they be completely contained. No air circulation means your plant won't have any moisture or nutrients.

How Can You Determine The Health Of Your Air Plant?

A vigorous, springy air plant can drop to the ground and bounce back when it is in good health. You can tug on their leaves, but nothing will happen.

When closely inspected, unhealthy air plants have wrinkly or channelling leaves, feel brittle, and can crumble under pressure or force. Besides, leaves are simple to remove as well.

As air plants grow, they can produce both blooms and pups, which are their young. Pups can either be removed when they are 1/3 the size of the mother plant or left on the mother plant to form a "clump" that lingers in a longer string.

Get Some Decor from Ashley For Your Air Plants Space!

With that being said, it is never too late for you to start being a plant mom and get your own air plants! Hunt yourself some furniture from Ashley to create your own green space, making your home cosier than ever.