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Tips to Thriving Air Plants

Air Plants, also known as Tillandsia's, are beautiful little Plants that are very easy to grow. With the flexibility to have Air Plants without soil and minimal water, the Air Plant is an easy choice for an easy-to-maintain house plants. If taken care of, Air Plants will live for several years and produce additional plants.

We wanted to highlight a few important care instructions for taking care of your Air Plant to ensure years of enjoyment in your home or work space.

air plant watering tips and care


Most Air Plants will be their healthiest with a weekly watering. Air Plants will become dry while in the terrarium, book shelf, or anywhere else you place them and will need to be sprayed with water 2-3 times a week or soaking in water for 30 minutes weekly. They will need a longer soak time in a hot, dry environment and less often in a cool, humid one.

If you see the Plants drying out, submerge the Air Plant in a bowl of water upside down for up to 2 hours. Repeat weekly if necessary. Adjust watering in different climates.

Air Plants benefit from overnight soaks in water and will not be harmed from over watering like traditional house plants. Please make sure to dry the plant completely and position it upside down after the watering as the Air Plants can die from having water sitting in the center of the plant or at the base.


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Air is an important component to the health of an Air Plant. All Air Plants live off the air and will be healthier in a terrarium that is not enclosed. Place your Air Plant at a distance from your heater or to avoid drying out the plant.

After watering, Air Plants should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in four hours or less. Do not keep the plant constantly wet or moist.


air plant light care



Light is an important variable when it comes to keeping your Air Plant healthy. We recommend placing your Air Plant near a window with some sun light. Make sure the plant doesn't get too much direct sun though! Too much sun will be harmful to the Air Plant. Artificial light is also a great source of light for Air Plants if you do not have windows.


Keep your Air Plant in warm conditions. They thrive in a temperature range of 50-90 degrees.

blooming air plant care


As long as your Tillandsia is healthy they would bloom in due time, this doesn't leave out the fact that they need to be cared for and have enough sunlight exposure for this to happen. You could also take advantage of diluted fertilizers to hasten the blooming process and the production of offsets or pups. Fertilizing your Air Plants can improve your chances of blooming and help them grow faster, helping them thrive indoors.

Love is in the Air...

It's normal for Air Plants to grow new leaves. Groom your Air Plant by removing dead or dried leaves. If the tips have dried out, you can cut the dried area off. Keep your Air Plant looking fresh with a monthly grooming.

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