Air plants are amazing little things. There are many varieties of air plants in different shapes and sizes with amazing colors from green to pink and purple. Succulents and cacti are easy to care for, but air plants might be even easier. Watch our short video and read on to learn how to take care of air plants.
Air plants are actually called Tillandsias, if you like more syllables. They’re also referred to as Epiphytes, meaning that they don’t need soil to grow. They usually hang out on trees and other bright places in the jungle, mountains, and deserts. If you got some air plants as part of a DIY terrarium kit on Juicykits.com, you’ll want to learn how to give them the right amount of love. Exactly how to take care of air plants? Here are a few simple care instructions:
- Air plants love bright light, but not super hot direct sunlight.
- They prefer to be in a dry place with good circulation. Don’t leave your air plant in a super humid area like near the shower, because they might get soggy and rot.
- Once a week, toss them into a bath of clean water for an hour or more. Be nice and use rain, spring, filtered or bottled water, not tap water with lots of chemicals.
- If your air plant lives in a very hot and dry place, you may soak them in water for 3-4 hours – but don’t submerge them completely or they’ll drown.
- If your air plant has pretty flowers when you go to soak them, make sure you don’t submerge the flowers underwater.
- Don’t use harsh plant foods such as Miracle-Gro. Use a milder plant food, like Juicykits.com Plant Food, once a month in the summer seasons.
- When you remove your air plants from their water bath, make sure to shake them out and let them dry upside down before putting them back into their homes.
- If the leaves start to close up, it means the plant wants to be soaked for longer.
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