If you thought succulents were easy to take care of, Air Plants are here to steal the show. Air Plants are extremely unique in nature. They don't need to sit in any pots (but look great in them) and add a great aesthetic to any terrariums or decor. Keep reading for some tips on how to best take care of your new air plants!
Air Plant Care Guide
• How do I take care of my air plant?
Air plants need three things for good health: water, light, and air circulation. Air plants should be fully immersed in water for 30 minutes to an hour once per week. After watering, it is critical to allow air plants to dry to avoid rot. Dry them upside down, especially bulbous-shaped ones.
• How do I water my air plant?
If you live in an arid (dry and hot) environment, you should be watering your air plants 1-2 times per week. If you live in a cool, environment, you will be fine getting by watering once per week. If you are in a dry climate, consider misting your plants between watering. You will know if your plants are not getting enough water as the leaves will start to curve and they will feel dry
• How much light does my air plant need?
There are some species that do grow in direct sun, but the majority prefer bright, indirect light. As a general instruction for all air plant species, provide plenty of indirect sun for your air plants. A bit (a couple of hours) of direct morning sun can also be beneficial. Window sills are perfect for air plants, and south or east facing ones are usually ideal.
• Will my air plant die after flowering?
Outside of a few exceptions, yes, but it is not a quick death. We like to refer to the plant as being "over the hill" at this point. For many Tillandsia, they can still have many years left after blooming. The reason they begin to "die" after flowering is because that is when they begin to produce offset pups (babies). The mother plant begins putting her energy into creating offspring and giving her nutrients to their growth as well. You will see the mother plant begin to wither and not look as healthy, but the pups will be vibrant and well formed as they grow older. When the offset pups are at least 1/3 the size of the mother plant, they can be removed and grown separately.
• Why did my air plant fall apart?
It probably rotted. If air plants stay wet too long, or get water trapped in their center, they can easily rot. This will usually cause dark coloration, a squishy feel, and eventual disintegration.