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Air Plant Care

YES, THEY LIVE OFF THE AIR BUT YES, THEY STILL NEED CARE...

Air plants get all of their nutrients from the air but they do still require an occasional watering.  Here are some helpful tips to keep your air plant thriving. 

Light: Bright, indirect light is best.

Watering: There are several different ways to water an air plant; spray/spritz/mist, run under the sink for 5-10 seconds and the soak method. And how much watering your air plant needs can vary on the humditiy of your home or office and where it’s place. For example, you may need to water more frequently if it’s close to a window and/or air vent. Or, you may need to water less frequently if your plant is in a bathroom.

My recommended method: Soaking. About every 1-2 weeks or so, soak plant(s) in a bowl/cup of water for about 20-30 minutes. I collect rain water and use this to water my air plants. If you use tap water and are on city water, allow your water to sit for 24 hours, this allows chlorine and other chemicals in the water to offgas.  Soak your air plant upside down so that it's leaves are submerged in the water and leave the bottom, bulb like part, out of the water. This helps the base from getting oversaturated with water which can cause rot. Remove from its soak and shake upside down for a second or two. Allow to dry completely, upside down, for a few hours before placing plant back in its home. (I place my air plants on a cooling rack or dish strainer upside down to dry).

Temperature: They like to stay at a cozy 60-90 degrees.