TAKING CARE OF YOUR AIR PLANTS
• Air Plants, also known as Tillandsia, are some of the easiest plants to grow. Air plant is a common name for plants in this genus. Most Tillandsia species are epiphytes – i.e. they normally grow without soil while attached to other plants (such as trees) by their roots.
• Air plants use tiny vessels located throughout their leaves called trichomes to capture nutrients and moisture from the air.
• They prefer bright, indirect sunlight or under fluorescent home/office lighting.
• Air plants will do best in generally warm conditions (a good range is 50-90 degrees).
• Extended periods of direct sunlight can be harmful.
• Watering: soak your air plant in a bath of water for 20-30 minutes then gently shake dry. Your plants should be watered once per week, and 2-3 times is recommended for optimal care. A longer, 2-hour soak is recommended every 2-3 weeks.
• Misting with a water bottle in-between soakings is good if they seem dry.
• Dried out leaves can be pulled off or if just the tips are dried out, they can be trimmed with a pair of scissors.
• Fertilizer: To promote blooming and reproduction. We recommend using “Hinterland Trading Air Plant Tillandsia Food and Fertilizer” once per month. Other water-soluble fertilizers can be used at 1/4 strength (Rapid Grow, Miracle-Grow, houseplant fertilizer, etc.) if Bromeliad fertilizer is not available.
• Air plants will bloom once in their lifespan sometime between mid-winter and mid-summer.
• Air plants will propagate and will grow offshoots called “pups.” once a 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. A sharp blade can help separate them. Pups can also be left on the parent and can be grown together in clumps.
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