Air plants (tillandsias) are some of the hardiest plants and have adapted to live in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. Despite this, they do require some care!
When it comes to watering, it must be remembered that their roots are primarily for anchoring themselves and they rely almost exclusively on their leaves to absorb water and nutrients.
There is some variation between species when it comes to water requirements. As a rough guide, you can look at the leaves to determine what kind of environment the plant comes from. Plants with thick, rigid leaves (e.g. Tillandsia ionantha) are from dry environments with less water. Those with soft, silver leaves (e.g. Tillandsia magnusiana) generally receive more rainfall while plants with greener leaves (e.g. Tillandsia brachycaulos) are from more humid environments with higher water requirements.
As a general rule, a plant in a hot position will require watering every few days. In a dark, humid environment watering every few weeks can often be adequate.
Watering can be achieved by misting or dunking the plant. If outdoors, a hose can be used. When dunking a plant, leave submerged in a bowl of water for 10-20 minutes before shaking off excess water. Air plants love to dry out completely between each watering and must never have water sitting at their base as this will cause the plant to rot.
A fertiliser added to the water each month in spring and summer will help speed up growth and keep your plants looking healthy. We have one specifically for air plants and this can be found under accessories.
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Happy growing from everyone at Air Plant Decor!