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Care Guide

Air Plant Care

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Meet Air Plant

Air plants are easy to grow, but they must be given the appropriate care in order to thrive. Proper watering and lighting are the most important components of plant care, but humidity and temperature also play a role.

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Light

Light is an important variable when it comes to keeping your Air Plant healthy. We recommend placing your Air Plant near a window with direct sunlight. Make sure the plant doesn't get too much direct sun though! Too much sun will be harmful to the Air Plant. Artificial light is also a great source of light for Air Plants. Some types of air plants have a blooming once in their life and will live for many years with the appropriate care. Look for a reddish tint when the air plant starts blooming.

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Pet Friendly

Yes

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Water

Most Air Plants will be their healthiest with a weekly watering. Air Plants will become dry while in the terrarium and will need to be sprayed with water 1-3 times a week. More often in a hot, dry environment, less often in a cool, humid one. If you see the plants drying out, submerge the Air Plant in a bowl of water upside down up to an hour. Repeat weekly. They benefit from overnight soaks in water. Please make sure to dry the plant completely after the watering as the air plants can die from having water sitting in the center of the plant or at the base. 

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Humidity

Air is an important component of the health of an Air Plant. All Air Plants live off the air and will be healthier in a terrarium that is not enclosed. Place your Air Plant at a distance from your heater or cooler to avoid drying out the plant. After watering, Air Plants should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in four hours or less. Do not keep the plant constantly wet or moist.

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Temperature

Keep your Air Plant in warm conditions. They thrive in a temperature range of 50°-90° F.

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Difficult Level

Easy

   Common Problems Q&A

Why is the base of my air plant brown and mushy?

This may be a sign of root rot. A few ways to prevent this is to stick to a consistent watering schedule to make sure you do not overwater. A key thing to remember in that Air Plants unlike most plants take in water through their leaves, not their roots and they are vulnerable to overwatering. 

What are my leaves curling and browning?

This is likely a sign of under watering. Although Air Plants are easy to take care of they still need water. Air Plants should be watered about once a week.

How often should I use my fertilizer spray?

Over fertilization can cause your Air Plant to burn. It is recommended to only spray your air plant with fertilizer spray once a month at the same time you water. A little goes a long way!



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Tillandsia Air Plant Ionantha Guatemala - House Plant Shop
Tillandsia Air Plant Ionantha Guatemala - House Plant Shop

Tillandsia Air Plant Ionantha Guatemala

$5.99
  • Botanical Name: Ionantha Guatemala
  • Description: With its striking spiky appearance, and beautiful bright green it really does liven up any space. The Tillandsia Ionantha Guatamala Air Plant has red tips when blooming and adds a unique color to the leaves. The Tillandsia Ionantha Guatamala easy to cultivate and very versatile.
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Tillandsia Air Plant Veluntina - House Plant Shop
Tillandsia Air Plant Veluntina - House Plant Shop

Tillandsia Air Plant Veluntina

$5.99
  • Botanical Name: Tillandsia Veluntina
  • Description: The Veluntina is a unique grey air plant with with pointed leaves which are arranged in a spiral around its long stem, forming a dense rosette. This air plant will flower and reward you with a beautiful orange-red stem with blueish pink petals.
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Tillandsia Air Plant Caput-Medusae - House Plant Shop
Tillandsia Air Plant Caput-Medusae - House Plant Shop

Tillandsia Air Plant Caput-Medusae

$6.99
  • Botanical Name: Tillandsia Caput-Medusae
  • Description: The Tillandsia Caput-Medusae is a larger air plant which grows from a substrate. It has thick tendrils which grow from a bulb and are covered in trichomes giving it a peach like texture.
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Tillandsia Air Plant Kolby - House Plant Shop
Tillandsia Air Plant Kolby - House Plant Shop

Tillandsia Air Plant Kolby

$5.99
  • Botanical Name: Tillandsia Kolby
  • Description: The Kolby has thick, pointed leaves which grow uniformly from its base. The tips of this air plant will turn red once this plany is ready to flower. This plant is a great variation and "sister" to the Ionantha Guatemala.
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Tillandsia Air Plant Bulbosa - House Plant Shop
Tillandsia Air Plant Bulbosa - House Plant Shop

Tillandsia Air Plant Bulbosa

$6.99
  • Botanical Name: Tillandsia Bulbosa
  • Description: The Tillandsia Bulbosa Air Plant is a unique air plant with thick, glossy, tentacle like leaves which sprout from a bulb. These air plants are quite easy to grow as its thick leaves retain much of the plants' moisture. 

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Tillandsia Air Plant Xerographica - House Plant Shop
Tillandsia Air Plant Xerographica - House Plant Shop

Tillandsia Air Plant Xerographica

$19.99
  • Botanical Name: Tillandsia Xerographica
  • Description: The wide and curly leaves unfold from the center of the Tillandsia Xerographica to form a gorgeous rose-like plant. They are drought-tolerant and easy to care for. Xerographica is a very popular plant for someone looking for a large easy to maintain air plant. 
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3 Ionantha Air Plants with Mini Terra Cotta Pots - House Plant Shop
3 Ionantha Air Plants with Mini Terra Cotta Pots - House Plant Shop

3 Ionantha Air Plants with Mini Terra Cotta Pots

$13.99
Includes: 

3 Ionantha Guatemala and 3 miniature Terra Cotta Pots! 
  • Botanical Name: Ionantha Guatemala
  • Description: With its striking spiky appearance, and beautiful bright green it really does liven up any space. The Tillandsia Ionantha Guatamala Air Plant has red tips when blooming and adds a unique color to the leaves. The Tillandsia Ionantha Guatamala easy to cultivate and very versatile.

 

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Air plant Fertilizer spray next to tillandsia Kolbii, tillandsia Fuschii, and Ionantha guatemala
Air plant Fertilizer spray next to tillandsia Kolbii, tillandsia Fuschii, and Ionantha guatemala

3 Small Tillandsia Air Plant Pack with Fertilizer Spray

$8.99

Includes: 

3 of our favorite smaller Tillandsia air plants! These plants are easy to take care of and are a great start to any air plant collection. These air plants only require a soak in water bath every week or so, depending on how fast your plants are drying out and your climate. This Air plant pack will include one of each of the following: 

  • Ionantha Guatemala
  • Fuchsii
  • Kolby
  • Magic Mist Fertilizer Spray
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Air plant fertilizer spray with Ionantha Guatemala, bulbosa, Kolbii, Fuschii, and Harrisii
Air plant fertilizer spray with Ionantha Guatemala, bulbosa, Kolbii, Fuschii, and Harrisii

5 Tillandsia Air Plant Pack with Fertilizer Spray

$10.99

Includes: 

5 of our favorite Tillandsia air plants! These plants are easy to take care of and are a great start to any air plant collection. These air plants only require a soak in water bath every week or so, depending on how fast your plants are drying out and your climate. This Air plant pack will include one of each of the following: 

  • Ionantha Guatemala
  • Fuchsii
  • Kolby
  • Bulbosa
  • Schiedeana
  • Magic Mist Fertilizer Spray

****Air plants included may change depending on stock levels!

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Tillandsia Air Plant Usneoides Spanish Moss
Tillandsia Air Plant Usneoides Spanish Moss

Tillandsia Air Plant Usneoides Spanish Moss

$16.99
  • Botanical Name: Tillandsia Usneoides
  • Description: The spanish moss is an epiphytic air plant native to Central and South America. This plant will arrive in long strands which can be displayed as a hanging ornamental plant to give a foresty look to any household or office.
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