Air plants use their root system to attach themselves to trees and rocks and absorb water through their leaves. You can mount them to anything and they require minimal care.
Indoors: Bright light or filtered sun is recommended. If this is not possible, place under a broad-spectrum fluorescent light.
Your plant should stay healthy if you mist (spray as above) 1 to 2 times a week.
Outdoors: Air plants do really well outside.Place in your backyard tree, in a screened porch or patio area so your plant receives the filtered light it needs.
Plants grow in humid outdoor environments and should be misted once a week.In a dryer climate misting more often may be needed.
If the leaves start to curl or roll this can be an indication of dehydration.Correct this by submerging your plant in water for 15 minutes, shake out excess water from center of plant, then resume a normal misting schedule.
Fertilize about once a month. Air plants capture and hold nutrients with their foliage and they can be sensitive to over fertilization.
Use good quality liquid or water soluble fertilizer with a formulation low in copper. High amounts of copper are toxic to air plants.
Recommended fertilizer is ¼ teaspoon per gallon of water. Fertilizing is not absolutely necessary for survival but will increase growth and vigor in your plants and their blooms.
Over fertilization will burn your plant, make sure you follow the directions above so you don’t burn your plant.
Air plants are very tolerant of a wide range of temperatures. Air plants flourish well in temperatures between sixty to ninety degrees . Although they prefer temperatures in the seventies with increased water, air circulation and shade they can do quite well in temperatures well into the nineties.
Air plants are diverse and beautiful. Blooms can last from a few days to a long as a year in some of the slower growing plants. Typically most blooms last between four to six weeks.
Your air plant reproduces by offset (pup) or by seed.
Many send out pups from the base or between the leaves of the mother plant. In some plants it’s not unusual to see four to eight pups appear before, during, or after bloom.
Young plants can be separated from the mother when they are about 1/3 to ½ the mother’s size.
Mounting media is up to your imagination. Driftwood, tree limbs, cork, clay pottery are some examples and you can also use rock and stone. Just make sure your mounting does not hold water, as drainage is important for your plant.
If you have your plant sitting in a bowl (or shell), make sure that water does not pool in the bottom.
Spray a good misting of water over your plant twice a week to keep it in good health.