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Basic Air Plant Care

Updated: Jan 3, 2019


Bright, indirect sunlight or fluorescent lighting is best. Give your plants as much bright light as possible, but always void long stints of direct sunlight. This may cause the tips of your leaves to turn brown. Under watering may also cause this to happen.

Tillandsias enjoy staying humid, and being within 3 feet of a window in 60-90 degree weather. These plants like to be misted with water 2-5 times per month in the summer, and 1-2 times per month on average in the winter. Be sure to completely soak them for 1-2 hours every month in a bowl of water. [I know this sounds crazy, but i promise it works!]

If your plant sits for a long time without water, it may be beneficial to soak it overnight. Just be sure to remember it in the morning!

Be sure to shake your air plant out over the sink after soaking and place upside down on a paper towel or piece of newspaper to help absorb the excess water that may be pooling in the base.

These plants are resilient and can come back from drought and distress with some care, however if your air plant feels soft and squishy at the base they will begin to dry out all over and fall apart.



Kenzy Ellerbe

Plant Whisperer @ Green Thumb Succulents

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