How do I take care of air plants?

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I got my first air plant (Tillandsia) in December of 2015 and now it’s having a baby (pictured below) so I must be doing something right! Here is how I have been taking care of my air plants so far. I’m continuously learning so please share any additional advice!

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Soak 

Each week I soak all of my air plants in water. I fill up a pot of room temp water in the sink and drop them in. The length of time I let them soak really depends on how much time I have. Sometimes its five minutes and other times much longer. I have so many now that they have to take turns in the bath so it really just depends on how much time I have. I have read that you MUST soak/spray them in the morning as doing it an night will slowing suffocate them. I might start lightly misting them with a spray bottle in the mornings to supplement their once a week baths.

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I’ve read that it’s important to use certain types of water but I just use our well water out here on the farm and they seem happy.

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Light

I keep my air plants in a bright room but out of direct sunlight.

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Food

I spray my air plants with special food that I found at Hinterland Trading. I follow the directions on the spray bottle which say to use once per month in addition to regular waterings.

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I remember hearing that you have to wait until the ‘baby’ is 1/3 the size of its mom before you can separate the plants. Make sure not to separate them too early!

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I have a few that are blooming right now. Some were blooming when I bought them and others have bloomed after I brought them home.

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There are so many different kinds!

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It’s safe to say that I am addicted to air plants!

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One thought on “How do I take care of air plants?

  1. Thanks for sharing these tips! I just bought a terrarium and I didn’t really know to care for them. Previous terrariums that I’ve bought as gifts were said to only need misting. But then mine looked like they were browning so I looked up directions and found that they needed weekly soaking. Your tips are helpful! Do you know how to care for mosses that usually come in the terrarium?

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