How to Care For Your Air Plants
Unpacking Your Plant
When your plant arrives unpack it immediately. Providing its a non-bulbous plant (bulbous plant include caput medusa, bulbosa, and bailey, for examplei) give it a nice 20-60 minute soak in water. If it is a bulbous variety give it a liberal spray instead.
Ideally the water your plant with collected rain water. Failing this, day old tap water will do fine. The chlorine that's present in tap water needs to dissapate before watering your plants with it.
Generally speaking, spray your air plants once a week, or give a soak every 1-2 weeks. After soaking a plant you should notice it's very vibrant and green. Remember this, as when it starts to dry out it goes more grey and silvery in colour. It's loss of grreness is a good indicator of when it needs a water
Don't let watere collect in your plant - Shake it off well
If you leave your air plants with water sitting in them they will gte ror and almost certainly die. The trick to good air plant care is to give them a really good shake after watering.
If you're using rain water exclusively you ay not need to fertilise your plant, as it wil gte most of what it needs from the water. If it's not flowering when it should be then you may wish to help it along with fertilising.
If you're using tap water to care for your plant, or if you're a very diligent keeper, air plant fertiliser is a great shout. They love it and it encourages flowering, which is a treat to behold!
Air plants propagate readily, especially with good fertilisation. Baby plants, or pups, grow from the base of the plant. Once they're 1/3 - 1/2 the size of the mother plant simply cut them off. Let them callus comewhere dr for about 3 days before watering. This helps to prevent the plant getting sick.