Care tips – Air plants

1) WATER
The notion of “air plants” often give off the misunderstanding that they survive purely on air. Air plants do not need soil, but they do need quite a lot of water.

Water your air plants twice or thrice a week. Fill a basin, bowl or sink with water and dunk them in.

After 10 minutes (or 20-30 minutes if your air plants are placed outdoors and thus require more hydration), remove them and place them on a towel to dry. If the plants still seem wet, turn them upside down to shake water out of their bases, as they will rot if waterlogged. Air plants should be dry no longer than 3 hours after being watered.

On other days when you don’t soak them in water, mist them with a spray bottle, when you’ll notice they turn to a healthy bright green colour. Concave-shaped leaves are a sign of under-watering. Similarly, mist more often if they’re placed outdoors.

2) LIGHT
Air plants should be kept where they’ll receive bright, indirect sunlight or under fluorescent home/office lighting.

It’s normal for the leaves at the bottom to dry out, so don’t worry about removing them as they can grow back.

3) OTHERS
Air plants eventually produce little sprouts, or “pups” from their base, up to 2-8 per plant. When it reaches 1/3 of the size of the adult plant, gently separate it by pulling it apart from the parent plant.