AIR PLANTS CARE:
Air Plants, also known as Tillandsia's, are some of the easiest plants to grow. While they are called 'Air Plants' they still need water, nutrients, and light to survive. Air Plants are technically Epiphytes meaning they grow on another tree, host, or object. However they do not steal nutrients from their host, only using it as a home to grow on.
It is important to maintain Tillandsias properly - the key factors are Light, Water and Air Circulation.
Light: If you are keeping your plants indoors, you will want to make sure that they are near an adequate light source. This can be within 3-5 feet of a window, or near an artificial light source. Take care to not let your Air Plants get too much direct sun, as this can be harmful even in an indoor environment. If you are keeping your plants outside, make sure they are in a shaded area, that does not receive full sun.
Artificial light can also be a sufficient source, as long as the plants are not too far and receive adequate amounts per day.
Air Plants love being placed in a bathroom or kitchen window(indirect light), and the steam/moisture will keep them happy!
Water: If you keep your Air Plants indoor, they will be healthiest with watering at least once a week. Plants that are constantly being dried out from A/C or heaters will require more moisture than a plant that is located in a more humid environment. You can also mist your plants as needed in between watering, but misting should not be used as a sole source of moisture in most cases.
Place the plants face down in a bowl, sink, or container and lets soak for 10-20 minutes. Always take care to gently shake any excess water off the base of the plants, as sitting water can cause rot and damage/kill the plant. We recommend that you water the plants in the morning, and leave them out of their containers in an area that they can dry within 4 hours.
- Never let your Air Plant sit in water for prolonged period of time.
- Never submerge the bloom or flower, as it can cause the flower to rot.
- Never use distilled or artificially softened water.
- Never put your air plants in soil, it will harm them.
Remember that each plant variety is different, and will require different watering schedules than others.
Air: The plants will need good clean air circulation to survive and live a healthy life. Its important that after watering the plants have enough air circulation to dry within 4 hours. While Air Plants will do well in containers, it is recommended that they do not be displayed in enclosed containers, and that they are completely dry before they are put back into a container that might restrict air circulation. Plants located too close to A/C vents may dry out sooner and require more frequent hydrating.
If you are planning on keeping your Air Plants in a terrarium or globe, you will need to remove the plant for normal watering, and make sure to leave the plant out until is has had enough time to completely dry. Usually 4 hours will do. When the tillandsia is in the terrarium or globe, you can give it periodic misting to create some humidity. The smaller and more compact the globe, the less misting you will want to give your plants. If the terrarium is larger and has better air circulation, you can give it a few sprays from a water mister a few times a week. Just make sure to take care in ensuring the plant does not get over misted, and that it dries within a few hours while in the terrarium.
Light: Plants will grow best in medium to bright filtered light. Avoid immediately placing them in direct burning sun, however, as they can sunburn unless given a chance to acclimate. If you notice any discoloration (red or purple) it is likely sun stress, move to more filtered light.
Water: Cacti need water about once a week, even less in the winter. Allow the soil to dry completely between watering. It is hard to kill them with too little water, but they can easily rot with too much. Do not “mist” cacti, many are susceptible to skin fungus and other moisture-related problems.
We’ve noticed that some plants (particularly Pachypodium) lose their leaves or start dormancy after transit, most likely because of the darkness in the box. Once they are planted and a normal routine established, they soon get back on cycle.
Take out the moss from the roots. DO NOT PLANT WITH MOSS. Dust off any dirt from the plant. Pot in a our soil mix which allows rapid water drainage or mix your own. Let your plants settle in for several days without water unless weather is extremely hot and dry.