Botanically known as tillandsia, air plants get the majority of their nutrients from the air. These little plant companions are the perfect addition to any sunny location at home or the office.
Air plants are epiphytes, which means they grow on other plants such as tree branches. New growth emerges from the centre, and most species will produce product vibrant abstract flowers. Because of this, air plants should not be planted in soil, but they can be used on rocks, driftwood, and elaborately decorated on windowsills.
Here’s everything you need to know about helping this tropical plant thrive indoors.
Place air plants in an area with at least 3-4 hours of bright, indirect sunlight daily. A dark desk or corner will not suffice for air plants. Good air circulation and moderate humidity will also benefit these plants.
Watering Air Plants
Like all living things, air, light, and water are required to survive. Air plants will absorb water through their leaves. There are two ways you can go about watering:
You’ll want to give these plants a good soak in room temperature distilled or filtered water every 1-2 weeks. Watering levels will depend on how humid or dry the air is, and how much sunlight the plant gets. If you notice any browning or crispy tips, the air plant is under-watered.
Every 2-3 days, mist your air plant. Use clean, room temperature water. Mist generously – you want the whole plant to be wet.
Why not tap water?
We don’t recommend using unfiltered tap water because it’s generally high in salts and chlorine. Rainwater is also an option. If you do use tap water, let it sit overnight before using.