Air Plants

A variety of Air Plants. Clockwise from the top | Xerographica, Tectorum, Bulbosa, Tectorum, Ionantha Rubra, Velutina

A variety of Air Plants.
Clockwise from the top | Xerographica, Tectorum, Bulbosa, Tectorum, Ionantha Rubra, Velutina

These plants are called Air Plants. Their true name are Tillandsia. The reason why they are nicknamed "Air Plants" is because they get the majority of their nutrients from the air.

What are they and how do you care for them?

Whether you are a pro when it comes to these little beauties, or a novice learning about them for the first time, this is a great place to start. You can also follow along with my blog as I talk about these plants a little more in depth. Or purchase your own plant in my shop!

These low-maintenance plants are the perfect little companions for home, work or school. They require very little up-keep, and are a nice green addition to brighten any setting regardless of the season.

Tillandsia Bulbosa

Tillandsia Bulbosa

▲ F I R S T ▲
When you first receive your Tillandsia Air Plant, you should soak it overnight, and then allow for it to dry completely before placing it into its new home. My favorite go-to combination is a rimmed baking tray with a cookie cooling rack on top of it, and placing it all in indirect sunlight.

It is natural for the smaller bottom leaves of your air plant to dry up while in transit. It is okay to remove them, as long as you are gentle with the plant while you do so.

▲ W A T E R + C A R E ▲
You should water in accordance to the weather. Water/mist/soak more often if it is hot and dry, and less often when it is cold, dark or damp.

Larger varieties like to be soaked, and smaller varieties do wonderfully with just a good misting.

Generally, the best way to care for them is to have a soak once every two weeks that can range between fifteen minutes to overnight. The summers in Seattle have been a little drier, so I have actually started soaking them once a week for an hour.

All Air Plants love a good, fine misting.

All Air Plants love a good, fine misting.

Allow them to dry completely before placing them back into their home, to avoid mold.

They should not be placed in soil, and they love bright, indirect sunlight, or artificial light, and require good air circulation.

▲ L O O K   F O R ▲
A good tell for whether or not they are thirsty is the curvature of the leaves of your Air Plant. They will curl in as they are getting a little too dry.

Their roots are only there for anchoring them as they grow, but are not necessary to maintain, and can be trimmed down without harm to the plant.

If the tips begin to dry out, it is a sign that they might be getting too much direct sunlight or are a little dry. You can also clip the dry tips with clean scissors. You should then remedy the care by moving it out of direct sunlight or increase your watering or misting.


▲ Q U E S T I O N S ? ▲
If you have any other questions about Air Plant care, please feel free to contact me or check out my Air Plant Dating Profiles below!


Air Plant Dating Profiles

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