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Air Plant Care Card

ALL ABOUT AIR PLANTS (Tillandsia)

Airplants botanical name are Tillandsias. These plants are some of the easiest plants to grow, however their growth can take many year. Although they are called Airplants they do still need water and sunshine to grow and live. If taken care of, these plants will live for several years and will even provide pups and flowers for additional years of enjoyment.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR AIRPLANT

Water:  If you keep your Airplants indoors, they will be healthiest with spraying them with water 2-3 times 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.  If you are unable to give them the spray 2-3 times a weeks, you can also soak your plants. This can be done by placing them upside down in a cup of water for approx. 2 hours. Try to avoid soaking their feet (roots or base). 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. It is recommended that you water your plants in the morning, and leave them out of their containers in an area that they can dry within 4 hours. Never let your Airplant sit in water for prolonged periods of time or let their base sit on a wet surface for long period (eg in wet sand).

Light:  One of the most important things any living creature needs is light, and Airplants are no exception. 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 .5-1 meter of a window, or near an artificial light source. If you are keeping your plants outside, make sure they are in a shaded area, that does not receive full sun. There are only a few varieties that can handle direct sun.  Remember that each plant variety is different, and will require different watering schedules than others. Never put your airplants in soil, it will harm them!

 

Terrariums/Globes:  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 mistings to create some humidity. The smaller and more compact the globe, the less mistings 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.

Air:  Another important variable that is important to your Air Plant, is you guessed it, 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.

Temperature:Airplants are found in a wide variety of temperatures, but mainly range from 15-35 degrees celcius. Fertilizer:Bromeliad fertilizer can be used twice a month in small quantities if you feel necessary. You can also use orchid or any other indoor plant fertilizer that has low copper contents. Airplants can be sensitive to fertilizers so make sure not to over do it.

Trimming:  Over time your air plants will grow new leaves, and loose some. Feel free to trim any brown or dead leaves off your plant with scissors, trimming at an angle to give the end of the leaf a nature appearance after trimming.

Pups: As your air plant begins to mature and run through its bloom cycle, it will produce babies also known as pups. You can either remove the pup once it reaches around 1/3 of the size of the mother plant, or you can leave the pups on and they will eventually form a clump. 

 


 

 

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