Caring For Your Air Plants (Tillandsia)
Tillandsia, or as they’re widely referred to as, Air Plants, are strange and beautiful plants native to Northern Mexico and the South-Eastern United States. They are so named because they get most of their nourishment from the air and do not require soil to grow. These amazing specimens put out small aerial roots that latch onto mossy or woody surfaces to secure the plant. Air Plants are loved by beginners and pros alike because they are so unique, easy to care for, and there are so many things you can do with them!
How do you care for an Air Plant?
Air Plants are fairly easy to care for with the right know-how! We’ve put together this simple care guide to set you up for success!
How do you water an Air Plant?
There are two ways to water your air plant; you can mist with a spray bottle, or soak in a bowl of water. The larger varieties like Xerographica, prefer to be soaked in water, while the smaller species do just fine with misting!
- Misting Method: If you’re going this route, simply fill a bottle with filtered or bottled water and thoroughly mist your air plant once per week in the colder months, or 2-3 times during the warmer months.
- Soaking Method: To water by soaking, fill a bowl with filtered or bottled water, and place your air plant in it and allow to soak for about 20 minutes. Once that time has elapsed, remove your air plant and place it on a dry surface.
Whichever method you choose, it’s important to allow your air plant to completely dry before watering again. Avoid placing them on damp soil or places that hold a lot of moisture, as this can cause the base of the plant to become too wet and rot.
How much light does an air plant need?
Air Plants love bright, indirect light or artificial light, so they’re perfect for a spot near a sunny window or on your desk at work! Just avoid direct sunlight, because it will scorch the delicate leaves.
Ways to display Air Plants
These small, interesting plants have so many possibilities when it comes to displaying them in your home or office! Air plants, since they don’t need soil, can be placed in or on just about anything!
A favorite way to show off air plants is to attach them to a curvy piece of driftwood, arranging moss and seashells around it. Driftwood often has holes and pockets that are perfect for securing these little plants. This is an incredibly easy way to bring some coastal vibes indoors with your Air Plants!
- Wall Hanging
If you’re even just a little bit crafty, you can achieve this super cool, nature-inspired air plant wall hanging. All you need is a little moss, a round cut of wood, wire, and hot glue! Just create a loop with the wire and secure it to the back of the wood. Use the moss and hot glue to create a ledge or pocket on the front, and then simply secure your air plant in the moss. And just like that, you’re ready to hang your creation!
Terrariums are probably the most popular way to display air plants- and they’re so easy! Arrange rocks, sand, moss, crystals, or anything else you’d like in a clear bowl or container, and just pop your air plant inside! Instant table-topper. Just be sure that your air plant gets enough air circulation; if it’s a closed container, you’ll want to open it up daily to keep your air plant happy!