Congratulations on your new air plant! You’ll find airplant care information below- good luck!
Airplants want bright, indirect sunlight or fluorescent home/office lighting. Short periods of direct sunlight are just fine, but more than a few hours of hot sun will cause the air plants to dry out. If your plant will be in a spot with some pretty direct light, try misting them every couple of days to keep them hydrated.
While air lants don’t grow in soil, they definitely NEED to be watered. Airplants can survive for long periods of drought, but they will not grow or thrive and will eventually die off if water is too scarce. Follow the directions below for watering your plants on a regular basis and they will stay alive generally for 2-3 years. The good news is that since these plants are very forgiving, you shouldn’t stress over their care schedule. I suggest setting an alarm on your phone for a weekly reminder!
How do I water my air plants?
As a main method of watering your plants, we recommend giving them a thorough rinsing under running water, spraying them to saturation with a spray bottle, or letting them soak in a bath of water for 2-3 minutes. Make sure to use bottled water if your sink water contains high levels of minerals or chlorine. After their shower or bath, gently shake the plants to remove any excess water from the base and the leaves, and set out to dry in an area with enough air circulation to dry them out in about 4 hours. If your plants need an in-between watering, misting them with a spray bottle is a great method. A plant in bloom should be rinsed rather than submerged in water, and take care when rinsing the delicate flowers.
How Often do I water my air plants?
Your plants should be watered once per week, and 2-3 times in dry seasons. A longer, 30 minutes soak is recommended every 2-3 weeks. If you are in a drier, hotter climate, more frequent watering or misting will be needed. You’ll begin to notice that after watering, your plant’s leaves will feel stiffer and full of water and they’ll be softer and lighter in color when they’re in need of water. Wrinkled or rolled leaves can be a sign of dehydration.
Grooming & Aesthetic Maintenance
Everyone needs a little grooming once in a while! It is normal for some of the lower leaves of your airplants to dry out as the plant grows or acclimates to a new environment, and those leaves can be gently pulled right off of the plant. If the leaf tips have dried out, you can snip the dried tip off (try trimming at an angle to leave a natural-looking pointy tip), and the same can be done for the plant’s roots.
Tillandsias/airplants are tropical plants that usually live for several years and will bloom and produce flowers only one time during their lifetime. The flowers are unique to each species, and the bloom period will last several days to many months. Different species bloom at different times, also depending on their care and environment. A plant will most likely go into bloom sometime between mid-winter and mid-summer.
Around a plant’s bloom time, they’ll produce offshoots, or “pups.” You’ll notice the pups have a separate and distinct center of their own, distinguishing them from the other leaves. Once the pup reaches at least one-third the size of the parent plant, the pup can be removed by gently pulling it apart from the parent. Hold both the parent and the pup at their bases and gently twist in a downward motion. Each pup will follow the lifecycle by growing into a parent plant, blooming and producing pups of it’s own.