Air Plant Care

Air Plant Care

What do you do when you receive your airplants.
First sub-merge them in water for 20-30 minutes.
Shake gently to remove the excess water and put them in a place with bright light ( but not direct sunlight) and good air circulation.

Can I keep my air plants in a container or terrarium?
Air plants do well in most containers. However, they do need good air circulation, so closed containers such as terrariums are not the best.

Light requirements
Tillandsias enjoy bright , indirect sunlight. More than a few hours of sunlight my kill off your plant as it dehydrates.

Watering your air plants
Although they may survive long periods without water, air plants do best when they are watered regularly. The best way to water them is to soak them in a tub for 20-30 mins.Mist your plants in between should they need additional moisture.

You can water your plants once a week, but for optimal care, water them 2-3 times a week. During the winter months in Gauteng, you can soak your air plants for 2-3hrs, instead of 20-30mins.

Plant food:
Use a liquid fertiliser at 1/4 strength once a month.

When will they flower?
This is a question that often pops up. Tillandsias may live for several years. They will only flower once during this time. At the time when the plant flowers, it will produce “pups”.

Toxins to avoid.
Copper
Copper is toxic to air plants and should be avoided. Don’t use copper wire, copper plant holders or pressure treated wood products, as the chemicals to treat the wood contains copper.

Boron, Zinc and Urea-Nitrogen
Before using a particular fertilizer read the Guaranteed Analysis to see if boron, zinc or urea-nitrogen are included, as these elements are harmful to air plants.

Rust
Don’t use the “rust” look for your air plants. Rust is toxic to tillandsia.