Air plant care isn’t hard, but it doesn’t mean you can completely neglect these plants. Buying these plants solely for aesthetic purposes and treating them as decorative objects is one of the common mistakes. With such ‘care,’ even the least picky plant will die.
For keeping this plant alive and kicking, you need to know how to water air plants properly. First of all, pay attention to the humidity in your apartment. If the air is dry, water plants more often, but in a more humid space, there is no need to water it more than every ten days. While watering a plant without soil might seem tricky, it’s actually almost effortless. Just bathe Tillandsias in water for several hours. But how long to soak air plants? From 20 minutes to an hour every week (or every 10 days) is the best for the plant. However, be careful: after they soak, the plants need to dry out fully.
From time to time, air plants need something more than just water, air, and sun, and this is fertilizer, which you can add to the water. For air plants, choose low-nitrogen fertilizers because they can encourage offset production and blooming, but don’t overdo it! Use fertilizer once a month; if you do it more often, you can destroy the plant.
Light is another important thing for air plants. Since they are from the Bromeliaceae family, they need sun and warmth because these plants are native to places like South America or West Africa. To be more specific, they prefer bright indirect light, so we recommend you place your plant on the south window.
If you are curious about how to propagate air plants, here’s the easiest way – remove offsets from the plant (for propagating, they need to be about one-third size of the plant) and soak them in the water. After this, place them somewhere with indirect sunlight.