Air plants or Tillandsia’s are some of the easiest to grow plants that you will ever come across. They are hardy plants that usually grow on trees and on other hosts or objects, a feature that classifies them as Epiphytes. Surprisingly they are not parasitic plants and will therefore not steal important nutrients from their host. They have tiny vessels in them known as trichomes which they use to capture moisture and nutrients from the atmosphere. Though they are resilient they still require attention to grow well.
Plantstr’s Air plants can grow naturally in different locations because their roots provide anchor hence they can attach themselves to any object. Their flexibility in growth makes the most preferred decorative plants you will find offices or homes. Since they can be used in a variety of scenarios, they have become increasingly popular. Compared to other common house plants, they require less attention but still you should know how to take care and nurture them to full growth. To promote their growth you should do the following;
- Keep them in cooler night temperatures of 10-15 degrees.
- Protect them from frost so as not to kill them
- Give them filtered-bright light
- Under moist conditions, water them occasionally to sustain them
- Submerge the air plants in water for 2-3 hours every 2 weeks if you are growing them indoors and the atmosphere is dry.
- In cooler months, moisten them once a month but in summer temperatures soak them twice weekly if they are in unheated home or a shade-house.
And with air plants glass globes becoming popular, the plants are now being protected with different types of glasses. For instance, air plant terrarium globe can be used to care for terrariums. These globes or rather glasses will surround the air plants and keep them safe for years.
Larger globes are usually the most suitable for use as they will provide adequate space for the plant to grow in. Before you place the pant in the globe you should water it first for around 20-30 minutes and take note of its color and size. Then wait till it dries up before placing it in the globe. Make sure that you moisten the air plants while in the globes every 4-5 days with 2-3 sprays for 3-5inch globes, a single spray for tiny globes and more than 3 sprays for larger globes. It is important that you moisten the plant appropriately because if you spray it with excess water especially in a tiny globe, it will die.
You should always check how the air plants placed in the globes are faring. If they appear unhealthy compared to how they were before, take them out of the globe and soak for around 30 minutes to 1 hour. Allow them to dry and then replace them back in the globe. Most importantly, know where to put the globes with the air plants in them. Avoid placing the globes directly in front of the window because direct sunlight will heat the glass and wither the plant. Air plants usually grow and thrive in low to moderate lighting conditions.