AIR PLANT CARE

Say hello to your new air plant! Once you’ve had a moment to view the splendor of this versatile little plant you’ll want to give it a little refreshment. While air plants can survive for many days inside a shipping box, you’ll want to open the box upon arrival to give it some fresh air and a bath to allow your plant to relax after it’s long journey. Just follow the watering steps below to begin. 

Watering 

Once a month remove your air plant from the planter and soak in a bowl of tepid tap or bottled water for 1 hour. After it’s soak, gently shake to release excess water from the base and carefully place your plant upside down on a towel to dry. This is a very important step to avoid your air plant getting too wet. After a couple of hours of drying the air plant is ready to return to its home. 

Your individual watering schedule will be determined on the placement of your planter. For example, if you house your planter in the bathroom where you shower everyday and it is getting a lot of mist then one watering a month will be ideal. If you place your planter under the heat vent in your home or office and it is getting blasted with dry air then a second watering per month would be best. 

The color of your plant will determine the best watering for your location. Your plant should always be a vibrant green. If it is looking lighter in color this is because small scales called trichomes are coming to the surface of the plant and trying to pull moisture out of the air. They are not a mold or fungus so don’t be alarmed. If you plant is looking a darker more evergreen color then you are overwatering. 

Spray misting can also be added in between watering to help keep your plant fresh. Do not keep plants constantly wet or moist and do not keep standing water in the bottom of your planter as this will cause rot. 

Light 

Air plants need bright but indirect light. In the summer months (April-October) avoid direct sunlight as your plant can get burnt. In the winter and fall months (November- March) direct sun is ok in temperate climates. The natural habitat for your air plant is in the low light of the jungle canopy. This means that your plant will do best with low light. If you put your plant in a window just make sure the plant is facing inward to avoid getting too much sun. Brown tips can be a sign your plant is getting burnt. 

Temperature 

Air plants are tropical and prefer warmer temperatures ranging from 60-90° F. Night time drops in temperature are ok as long as it’s not much below 50° F. 

Grooming 

As your air plants grow, some leaves near the base may turn brown and die off. This is normal and they may be pruned with shears. Do not let a buildup of dead leaves form around the base as this can hold too much moisture and cause mold or rot. 

Flowering 

Your air plant will mature, bloom, and grow offsets or pups (smaller plants at the mature plants base). During flowering your plant is very fragile and you should be careful when watering or handling. It is common for your plant to blush or turn pink when in bloom. After your plant flowers it will grow pups. When this happens you can gently separate them after a couple months of growth by cutting away with scissors. You can also allow them to grow into a larger clump to create a ball of air plants.