Taking care of Air Plants

Did you know the reason why this unique plant is nicknamed “Air Plants”  because they get the majority of their nutrients from the air? Their true name is Tillandsia. Although air plants used to be a rare greenery, these hardy plants have become popular in the past couple years, so you can find them at almost any garden center—or even in the check-out line at the grocery store. There are also a number of online nurseries specializing in air plants.

These low-maintenance plants are the perfect little companions for home, work or school. They require very little up-keep, and are a nice green addition to brighten any setting regardless of the season.

They should not be placed in soil, and they love bright, indirect sunlight, or artificial light, and require good air circulation. A good sign for whether or not they are thirsty is the curvature of the leaves of your Air Plant. They will curl in as they are getting a little too dry. Their roots are only there for anchoring them as they grow, but are not necessary to maintain, and can be trimmed down without harm to the plant. If the tips of the plant begin to dry out, it is a sign that they might be getting too much direct sunlight or are a little dry.

If one of your plants looks severely dried out, pull off the bottom dried parts and place the plant in a bowl of water for several hours. In the winter, if your home’s heater is on, your air plants may look a little dry. Simply mist them with water (concentrating on the base of the plant) every few days to keep them looking fresh. When taking care of the plant Water/mist/soak more often if it is hot and dry, and less often when it is cold, dark or damp.

Many of the 3D printed planters that are listed at Flymeawaycreations shop works great with air plants! One of the newest planters that were just added this month (November) A cute whale works great holding small or medium size air plants! You can follow the link below to see the whale planter and many more 3D printed planters at the shop!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/643329634/whale-planter-for-air-plants

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