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How to Grow Air Plants

This past Spring I got to attend my first ever orchid show with friends in Michigan. At the event, there were some really great looking Tillandsias a.k.a. “air plants”  for sale. I really want to try growing one again.

How to Care For Air Plants

Tillandsias | Bromeliaceae or Bromeliad

My first air plant was from a GardenChat friend and I killed it. I do however have the adorable glass globe she gave it to me in. I learned the hard way that AIR PLANT don’t just survive with air. The plant needs to get a nice little bath each week which I will explain further down in the post today.  I didn’t tell my friend until a year later because I was so embarrassed!  It’s good to keep in mind that the plant grows naturally in Florida where it rains every day and is humid.  I’m guessing that the growing environment in the south is where it got its name.  Living in my home (especially during the winter months) with a wood-burning stove for heat is not even close to the plant’s natural way of surviving.  With that in mind I’ve shared a few tips from two of my favorite gardening gals below:

  • The air plant gets its nutrients through its leaves or scale.   You will want to soak the plant in water for about 15-20 minutes each week.
  • “As for the air plants, rinse them for 20 min once a week. They require indirect light, as orchids do. ” says Cheli of @gildthegarden on Twitter.  Maybe that is why I saw so many at the orchid show.
  • A friend in Michigan also shares on her blog to display the air plant at an angle so water will drain off of it.  Leaving the plant sitting in water will cause it to rot.
  • If you are lucky enough to get a bloom on an air plant it is time for the plant to go dormant.  Once it has gone through that stage will will produce a ‘pup’.
Tillandsias in Los Vegas display
Air Plant in a Los Vegas Casino Display

More About Air Plants

You will find a few post about air plants on my website. I hope you click over and check out what I have to share about each.  Just add Air Plants to the search bar for more.

That time I mail ordered air plants from Amazon! 

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the info. I also am guilty of Air Plant Murder. They seemed so easy. Now I know to treat them like I treat my orchids. Good to know!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out Bren! We’ve all killed some air plants. I’ve over watered mine and rotted them and forgot some in the house because I have too many plants (can you have too many?) and they dried out. So depressing when they die, but they are inexpensive and we can buy more!

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