Caring For Air Plant


Air plants evoke a lot of interest in most of us because they don't require soil for growing. Although many folks are of the notion that it is possible to simply shove them on a shelf and leave them like that without any maintenance, it's a fact that they still require moisture and light similar to the other plants out there. Below, we will take a look at what are air plants and also where do air plants come from.

What are air plants?

Air plants belong to a plant family known as bromeliads which are tropical plants with the ability to store water in their leaves. These air plants happen to be a genus known as Tillandsia which is essentially epiphytes implying that they don't grow in the soil but anchor themselves on other plant or trees instead. Amongst the other common examples of epiphytes, several mosses, as well as orchids, deserve special mention.

It's a fact that these plants don't grow on soil and they receive all the nutrients as well as moisture from the air. While moisture is available from rain, the sources of nutrients happen to be the decomposing plant detritus, bugs, and so forth. The leaves are responsible for absorbing all these essential elements. Even though air plants usually come with roots, the only function of the roots will be to secure the plant in position.

Although there are different types of air plants out there, the majority of them feature a "spiky" shape. Some of these plants are going to flower, which comes in a variety of vibrant colors, including pinks, blues, purples, yellows, and reds.

How to Care for Air Plants

1. Watering

Constant air circulation is essential for air plants to survive. Water these plants at least twice a week, although you'll come across some varieties which can survive for even two weeks without receiving water at all. While watering them, it will be a smart idea to place these plants in the sink and rinse them lightly as well. Leave it in water for 20-30 minutes. After leaving them to dry for a while, do not forget to put them back on original place. In case you forget to water, place it in water for an hour. It's natural for these plants to appear dry during the cold months when your room's heater is switched on. In that case, mist the plants using water a couple of times in a day.

2. Light requirements

Air plants prefer warm weather but keep it away from the sun. In case you are growing them outdoors, place it in an area with moist and partial shade. Place them indoors where they can receive indirect bright light for a few hours a day.

3. Temperature requirements

Never grow an air plant in a place which is colder than 45 degrees given that it will not survive at such temperatures. On the other hand, if you reside in a rather warm place, it will be a sensible idea to grow the plant outdoors all through the year provided that you keep it dry during the winter months.

Hope these care tips will help you grow your air plants the best possible. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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