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Caring For Your Brand New Air Plants
Yay, you got new air plants! After you’ve brought them home and spent sufficient time marveling at their unique beauty (and possibly giving them names), give them a good soak in a lukewarm water bath (submerged in the water) for about 20-30 minutes. Shake gently to remove any excess water and set in a spot with bright light and good air circulation to dry off. Follow the directions below for ongoing care of your plants.
Air plants should be kept where they’ll receive bright, indirect sunlight or under fluorescent home/office lighting. Periods of direct sunlight are just fine, but more than a few hours of hot sun will deplete the plants of their moisture. If your plant will be in a spot with some pretty direct light, try misting them every couple of days to keep them hydrated. Be sure to mist your air plants sparingly; leaving them dripping wet can cause them to rot.
Air plants live on air, right? Uh, not right! While air plants don’t grow in soil, they definitely NEED to be watered. While the plants can survive for long periods of drought, 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 and well for quite some time. The good news is that since these plants are very forgiving, you shouldn’t stress over their care schedule. There’s certainly no need to get a babysitter when you go on vacation.
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 or letting them soak in a bath of lukewarm water for 20-30 minutes. You can use a bowl, the sink or even the bathtub if you’ve got a family. 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 for optimum growth. Once a month, it is recommended that you increase watering time from 20-30 minutes to 1-2 hours. 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.
Air plants will do best in generally warm conditions (a good range is 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit). In frost-free climates, they can live outside for the entire year. Like most house plants, they can be taken outside on a porch or balcony for the warm season, just don’t expose them to extreme temperature or sunlight.
Grooming & aesthetic maintenance
Everyone needs a little grooming once in a while! It is normal for some of the lower leaves of your tillandsias to dry out as the plant grows or acclimates to a new environment, and those leaves can be gently pulled right from 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. Don’t worry about harming your plants during grooming–they’ll regrow.
THE CATCHPENNY QUALITY GUARANTEE
We’re lucky to have found a truly wonderful supplier of air plants, and they provided us with the care instructions shown above. We also make sure to spend some time monitoring our plants for disease or infestation before they get anywhere near our customers. Occasionally, though—and despite our best efforts—an air plant may unexpectedly perish by no fault of your own. If you are following our instructions and your air plant dies, then please don’t hesitate to call, email, or visit us and let us know. We will happily give you a replacement plant at NO CHARGE. Sometimes these things do happen.
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