Get in on the trend and add some green to your home. Consider these tips for how to grow and care for air plants, and see what great houseplants these can be!
Air plants are just interesting to look at, they are incredibly easy to grow! These prehistoric looking plants are ideal for anyone who loves fresh plants but doesn’t have the greenest of thumbs. If you want to know more about how to grow and care for air plants, look below at some helpful growing tips! You’ll see that air plants are perfect for any space, and can be quite enjoyable to have around!
How to Grow and Care for Air Plants
1. Keep temps just right.
Think of air plants sort of like Goldilocks…they don’t want air that is too warm or too cold. In fact, they like temperatures just right. Keep them in a space where the temps average about 60 degrees and don’t fluctuate. A steady temp keeps them cozy. Since they don’t care for warm climates, there is no need to keep them in a greenhouse when growing.
2. Air Plants don’t require a ton of light.
While most plants need 6-8 hours of sunlight per day, air plants aren’t as needy. They only about 3-4 hours of light per day, and it can be indirect. A sunny window space will do, and there is no need to move the plant if the space only gets a few hours of light.
3. Feed them carefully.
Air plants can thrive off orchid food and only need to be fed sparingly. In fact, you can feed them just as you would orchids, following the directions on your ordinary, run of the mill orchid food. They will respond to it nicely!
4. Try misting.
Air plants require very little water. Most people find it beneficial to just mist them once a week on average. Never directly water your air plant and never allow the roots to be in standing water or they will rot. If you wish, just get a spray bottle from your local dollar store and keep it filled with room temperature water. That way you can quickly grab, mist, and go!
5. Revive struggling plants easily.
If your air plant starts to give up or you find an air plant that needs TLC, dip the entire plant in water for a few seconds. This quick dunk can help give it a jump start and help it get growing again. Just don’t allow the plant to sit still in the water as rot can develop.
6. Keep air plants away from vents.
Air plants won’t like blasts from the air conditioner or heating vents. Never place your air plants near these vents or the plant will suffer from shock. You should also keep them away from drafty spaces and fans.
You can find air plants at most home and gardening stores, amazon, or even specialty online shops. Start with one, and as you get more comfortable with them start a collection! They make great accent pieces on shelves and can add a pop of nature to any desk or workspace.
Consider these tips for how to grow and care for air plants, and see what great houseplants these can be!
Don’t feel limited to Air Plants. Succulents are great too! Check out these tips on how to keep your succulents alive!