HOW TO CARE FOR AIR PLANTS
Air plants have captivated us due to their exotic and intricate shape. Today we will give you some tips to make them thrive at home!
SO, HOW DO YOU CARE FOR AIR PLANTS?
The air plants scientific name is Tillandsia and has over 650 species! The Tillandsia belongs to the Bromeliaceous family making it a relative to the pineapple and the Spanish moss.
Air plants are originally from Central and South America and so their natural habitat is forests, high mountains, and deserts. Air plants have special leaves that allow them to absorb the nutrients and water that they need to survive from the air. So, you guessed it! No soil!
This fascinating soilles plants are now beginning to make an entrance and you will see them in many plant stores and homeware boutiques. One of the main appeal to air plants is that the decorative display options are endless as they do not require soil to survive.
We are giving you some tips so your Tillandsias grow to their full potential!
As we previously mentioned, air plants do not need any soil to survive, however, watering is key!
There are 2 big groups; mesic and xeric air plants. Mesic air plants come from humid regions and have greener and more colourful leaves. They prefer more moisture and indirect sunlight. Xeric air plants on the other hand, come from dried areas and can do well with less water and more sunlight.
As a rule of thumb, water your air plants two to three times a week.
One of the questions that we get asked at the shop is what the best way to water an air plant is... In our experience, the easiest way to do this is dipping the bottom of the air plant in a bowl with room temperature water for about 30 minutes. However, due to their intricate shape, watering some air plants can become somehow challenging. If the shape of your air plant does not allow you to use this watering method, don't worry! You can mist the bottom of your air plant instead using a spray bottle.
If your air plant is bright green and colourful, avoid direct sunlight. We advise for this types of air plants to be placed around 5 to 10 feet away from a window. If this kind of air plant receives too much light, it can dry up. If this happens, you might be able to recover it by deeply hydrating it!
For lighter grayish air plants, you can allow yourself to place them closer to the window.
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