Up in the Air: Air Plant Care

Air plants–or tillandsias–can be found in the wild growing from the branches of trees in rain forests, rocky cliffs of mountain ranges and in the dry sand of deserts. In wild environments such as these, some 650 varieties of the bromeliad family evolved to thrive without soil. Those air plants that have roots, only use them to affix themselves to a host with optimal living conditions like a tree or rock. 

Without appendages such as roots, air plants absorb nutrients through specialized vessels in their leaves. Since they don't require soil, these unique plants are perfect for home and office decor. No soil, no mess, right? Perhaps this is one reason why air plants have gained such popularity in recent years. Another reason is because these plants that we suspend in glass bubbles from windows or sit on pieces of driftwood on our desks, are super easy to care for too. 

When it comes to our green desk mates, we can be up in the air when it comes to caring for these special breeds since they are so unusual (as compared to our other potted pets). Need a little air plant care help? Follow these easy steps below.

Air Plant Care

Light - They may not need soil, but air plants do still need light. Indirect sunlight from a window is best but artificial light will suffice. When selecting a nook for your air plants, try to choose a place close to a window. 

Water - Forget your watering can, air plants require a unique watering method. Once a week, your little air plants will need a bath. Grab a kitchen bowl from the cabinet, fill it with water and submerge your plants underwater, bottoms up. Let the plants soak for about 10-20 minutes. After the bath, gently dry any excess water from the bottom of your plants to avoid rot. If you keep your air plants in a terrarium or semi-enclosed globe, allow your plants to dry on a towel for a few hours so that there's no excess moisture within the container. 

Fertilize - Use bromeliad or orchid fertilizer about once a month. These plants are sensitive so be sure not to fertilize too often!

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