Although air plants seem to be low maintenance plants, they still need love and attention to thrive. Ensure that your plants are happy by following these guidelines:
- Provide your air plants with plenty of filtered sunlight. They do well in kitchens and bright living areas. Bedrooms work, too, as long as they are close to a window. Be careful of scorching your plant, though.
- It is important that the roots as well as the leaves get light. Rotate your plant’s position so that it gets light evenly.
- Soak the plants 1-2 times a week for 30 minutes. How often you soak them depends on how warm and dry it is. Soak by carefully removing the plants from their containers and submerging them upside down (leaves first) in a bowl or sink-full of water.
- Once a month, add a small amount of a Bromeliad Fertilizer to the water. This will help your plant bloom!
- Make sure your air plant dries completely within four hours. You can move the plant to a warmer spot if necessary.
- Does your plant have a pup? (A pup is a little “baby” growing on the side of the plant.) Allow the pup to grow as needed. At some point, it will easily come off. Once that happens, you can tend to that new plant, paying careful attention to its needs.
- Like all plants, tillandsia show you when they’re not happy. If they’re wilty or soggy, they may be getting too much water or not drying out completely. Try drying them in a warmer location. If they’re crunchy, they may be getting too little water or may be in too hot of a spot. If the roots are turning brown, try rotating your plant or moving the location so that the roots get light as well.
- Have a specific question or concern about your plant? Contact us, and we’ll see if we can help you address the issue.