Tropical Air Plant Care Cheat Sheet ~ { Boho Vanity }

March 15, 2016

Air Plant Bath


Nurturing an air plant can be a peaceful, low-maintenance pastime with just basic knowledge and a few tips needed to help the plants flourish. Depending on the specific type of plant and their native climates, each one may have variant degrees of requirements that should be individually researched for optimal care.

Facts
Native to the forests, mountains, and deserts of Central and South America, the southern United States, and the West Indies.
Classified as epiphytes, meaning they are able to grow without soil while attached to other plants.
Optimum temperature for most species is around 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
One plant can yield up to a dozen offsets, known as pups.

Water
Submerge plants in water for a couple of hours or spray heavily with a mister bottle about once a week, more often in hot, dry weather.
Use spring, filtered or rain water to ensure purity.
Focus on hydrating the leaves and avoid overwatering the roots.
Soak in the morning, if possible.
Allow plants to thoroughly dry before returning to their homes.

Food
Ensure proper air flow as no soil needed.
Use a diluted fertilizer once per month to encourage pups and blooms.

Light
Provide bright, filtered natural light or full spectrum artificial light.
Some species like direct sunlight in the winter months.
Most prefer warmth and humidity.

Maintenance
Gently remove or trim dead leaves to keep the plant healthy.
Pluck the pups after they grow at least 1/3 the size of the mother plant.
Dried out, brown tips may indicate a need for more watering.
Soggy leaves that easily fall off may indicate too much water.

Read more in depth tips here and here.

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