| Air Plants are also known as Tillandsia's and are part of the Bromeliad family. There are over 550 species of Tillandsia. They are native to Mexico, South and Central America.
Air Plants take all their water and nutrients through their leaf system - not their roots like most other plants. The root system is only used to anchor the plants onto trees and rocks. This amazing ability - to live off air and to not need soil is what allows the Air Plant to be displayed in such a variety of ways, making them so popular for decoration in the home and office.
While they are called "Air Plants" they of course still need water, nutrients, and light to survive. Air Plants use tiny vessels located throughout their leaves called trichomes to capture nutrients and moisture from the air. While Air Plants are known for being easy to grow, they still do need attention to survive and live a healthy life. If taken care of, Tillandias will grow for years and produce many more plants to continue enjoying.
AIR PLANT CARE INSTRUCTIONSLIGHT
One of the most important things is light, and Air Plants are no exception. If you are keeping your plants indoors, you will want to make sure that they are near an adequate light source.
This can be within 3-5 feet of a window, or near an artificial light source. Take care to not let your Air Plants get too much direct sun, as this can be harmful even in an indoor environment.
Air Plants love being placed in a bathroom or kitchen window(indirect light), and the steam/moisture will keep them happy! Artificial light can also be a sufficient source, as long as the plants are not too far from the light and receive adequate amounts per day.
If you keep your Air Plants indoor, they will be healthiest with watering at least once a week. Plants that are constantly being dried out from A/C or heaters will require more moisture than a plant that is located in a
more humid environment. You can also mist your plants as needed in between watering, but misting should not be used as a sole source of moisture in most cases.
You can also water your plants using the "dunking" method, where you dunk the plants several times in the water, and gently shake off any excess.
If your plant is struggling and looks thirsty, you can leave them in bowl for a longer soak of a few hours or even overnight. A healthy air plant will have wide open leaves while a dehydrated air plant will have
closed and curled leaves! Never submerge the bloom or flower, as it can cause the flower to rot. Remember that each plant variety is different, and will require different watering schedules than others.
Another important variable that is important to your Air Plant, is you guessed it...Air! The plants will need good clean air circulation to survive and live a healthy life. Its important that after watering the plants have
enough air circulation to dry within 4 hours. While Air Plants will do well in containers, it is recommended that they do not be displayed in completely enclosed containers, and that they are completely dry before they are put back into a container that might restrict air circulation.
If you are planning on keeping your air plants in a terrarium or globe, you will need to remove the plant for normal watering, shaking off excess before placing back in Terrarium. You can also give it periodic mistings to create some humidity. The smaller and more compact the globe, the less mistings you will want to give your plants. If the terrarium is larger and has better air circulation, you can give it a few sprays from a water mister a few times a week. Just make sure to take care in ensuring the plant does not get over misted, and that it dries within a few hours while in the terrarium.
Bromeliad fertilizer can be used once a month in small quantities. You can also use orchid or any other indoor plant fertilizer that has low copper contents. Air Plants can be sensitive to fertilizers so make sure not
to over do it!
Air Plants have a life cycle of one plant growing to maturity, blooming and then producing offspring (pups). Most plants will produce between 2 - 8 pups. These in turn will mature, generally within a year and in turn bloom and produce pups. So this year you have one plant, next year maybe 6, the next year 36 and so on.
As your air plant begins to mature and run through its bloom cycle, (usually blushing a pretty pink to red) it will produce babies also known as "pups". You can either remove the pup once it reaches around 1/3 of the size of the mother plant, or you can leave the pups on and they will eventually form a "clump. Flowers can last from several days to many months, depending on the species, most bloom in late winter through mid summer.
Over time taking care of your Air Plants will become second nature, and you will have many years of enjoyment with these beautiful and unique plants! We include a care guide with your purchase but If you have any further questions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our facebook page, ask us there and "Like" us :-)