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