AIR PLANTS

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AIR PLANTS

Hope you’re enjoying your new exotic friend!
With regular admiration and care from its gardener, your air plant (or tillandsia)
should bring you much joy.

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Besides, check out these plant care tips in order to help your air plant

settle into its new environment.

Location

Indoors – Air plants love fresh circulating air, so instead of a sealed container place them in an open space, ideally within 3-5 feet of a window. For example, bathrooms with a lot of natural light and constant flow of air are good places for air plants, as they also enjoy humid conditions.

Outdoors – If you live in Zone 9 or warmer (click to verify), you can grow an air plant outdoors all year. They will do best in generally warm conditions (in the range of 50-90 degrees).

Temperatures colder than 45 degrees are dangerous for air plants; in freezing conditions, they need to be moved indoors.

Light
Bright, indirect light is the best choice for tillandsias. They will, however, need protection from full sun.
Watering

Air plants can survive for long periods of drought, but they do need water to survive. Depending on

(1) If you air plant is fixed on our elephant planter: Spray water twice a week making sure the leaves are completely moisturized with water. If your air plant is blooming, try not to wet the flower.

(2) If your air plant is loose and removed form our planter: Once a week, soak your air plant entirely in a bowl of water, for no more than 10 minutes (if your air plant is blooming, do not wet the flower). Remove from the bowl and shake gently to get rid of any excess water.

After watering, place in a spot with bright light and good airflow to dry it off. Be careful: in an area with direct sunlight, plants may burn or dry up if they are wet!

Soil
As their name indicates, air plants do not grow on soil. However, they still need adequate conditions in terms of light, air and water to survive – see tips above.
Fertilizing
Once a month, spraying an Orchid or Bromeliad fertilizer in your mister is a good way to promote healthy growth of your air plant.
Season specifics

When living with seasons, be extra careful in the summer and winter months.

In summer, the hotter and dryer it gets, the more shade and water your air plant needs. A screened terrace or pool patio would provide the bright but filtered light these plants love – don’t forget to water more frequently in this season.

Although tillandsias are very tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, including near freezing conditions, it’s a good idea to move them inside in cold winters. They won’t survive a frost for more than a few hours.

Blooming
Tillandsias usually live for several years and will bloom and produce colorful flowers only one time during their lifetime. Depending on the species, flowering happens at a different point in their lifecycle and their bloom period will last from several days to various months.

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Trouble in paradise?

PROBLEM CAUSE SOLUTION
Extreme curving, curling, or closing of each leaf Underwatering A healthy air plant will have wide-open leaves; if that’s not the case most likely you need to water more frequently or for a longer period. Monitor your plants reaction in order to find the right frequency for watering.
Lower leaves start to dry out Mother nature No need to worry, this is normal. As the plant grows or acclimates, lower leaves that dry out can be gently pulled off of the plant.
Outer leaves fall off easily, feel soggy or turn brown Overwatering Try curing your plant by placing it on an empty dish and letting it dry for a few days.
Plant looks pale, hangs down limply Lack of light Your plant most likely needs more natural light. Place it in an area with extensive indirect sunlight and airflow.
Little plants sprout up between leaves Mother nature Congratulations, your plant is growing and producing babies. Once these are 1/3 of the size of your original air plant, pluck them off and grow separately. When the baby is mature, it will itself produce new pups just like it’s mother.
Very dry leaves and faded color Excess of light Don’t let your air plant sunburn! More than a few hours of hot sun will dehydrate it – move to a spot with indirect sunlight.

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Keep your plant happy, and it will do the same for you!

For any additional questions, please email us at help@habibiliving.com

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