Air Plant Update

 

Air plants are really catching on now. You might remember my previous post about growing air plants but I recently purchased two more so thought it was time for a refresher! What do you think of these two beauties?!IMG_9297IMG_9298IMG_9300IMG_9301

I was mesmerized the first time I saw an air plant. How could a plant live without soil, roots or constant moisture? Tillandsia, or “air plants” (Bromeliaceae family) are native to South and Central America along with parts of the southern United States. They have become extremely popular recently and are surprisingly easy to care for.

Airplant Care Basics

  • Fully submerge and soak air plants at least once per week in water. Supplement waterings with a light misting using a spray bottle. Always soak air plants in the morning and let them fully dry out before dark.
  • Air plants prefer filtered light and not direct sunlight. The more light they receive the quicker they will dry out. Try placing them in a bright room where the sunlight does not hit them directly.
  • Fertilizer is not required but could help keep your Tillandsia happy and healthy. I have been feeding by misting once per month with Hinterland Trading’s Air Plant Tillandsia Food.
  • Around the same time as a bloom fades, you might see a “pup” growing on your air plant. They are a smaller version of the mother air plant that typically stands out with fresh green new leaves. Do not try to separate your pup until it is at least 1/3 the size of the mother plant. Gently separate by twisting apart or cutting with a sharp clean knife.

Airplant Resources
You can find air plants at local specialty garden stores or online. I have purchased from Hinterland Trading in the past. They have a lot of great air plant resources to read and you can even request a full set of growing instructions. Air Plant Supply Co. is also a great resource.

Target had this beautiful terrarium (which I got on sale for $12.99) which is the perfect place to keep my newest air plants.

IMG_9520This is where I keep the rest of my air plants. I just water the whole thing in the sink.IMG_9522IMG_9523Have you got hooked on air plants yet?

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  1. Carmen Cameron says:

    Thank you! One of my daughters & I were just talking about how to care for these & had no clue.

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