Inspiration / 9 August 2017 / Ester

How to take care of your airplants

In the forest, mountains and desserts of Central and South America you can find almost 650 species of Tillandsia. The plants normally grow without soil, some attached to trees or just shifting on the desert soil. Water and other nutrients are absorbed from the air.

So when keeping airplants at home, it is important that you give them enough light, air and most of all water! We would like to share with you some care tips that worked for us: 

Airplants

airplants

WATER

Fun fact: tillandsia are named after the Swedish botanist Elias Tillands (1640-1693) because of his hate for water.
However airplants do need water, as they often come from a hot and humid climate. When keeping your airplant inside, make sure they have enough water.
Rain water or filtered water is perfect, just never use chlorinated water.

Spray your plants about 1-2 times a week with a plant mister.
Or let your airplants soak for about 15 minutes every 2 weeks. Make sure that flowers stay above water en let the plants dry well before you place them back in their himmeli or terrarium.

You can recognise a thirsty airplant when the leaves turn hard and a little bit brown. White fuss on the leaves is a good sign! The leaves at the bottom of the airplant can turn brown and dry out. That's completely normal and you can cut the dried leaves away if you want to.

LIGHT

Airplants love bright, filtered light. You can bring them outside during the summer, just make sure they are protected from heavy rains. Keep tillandsia away from direct sunlight behind glass, the poor things would burn.

First rule of airplantclub: water!

Airplants

FLOWERING

With enough water and light your airplant will flourish.
Tillandsia may bloom only once in their lifetime, most often mid-summer of mid-winter. While blooming the airplant could develop an offshoot called a little 'pup'. As this pup grows the motherplant will get weaker. When the pup is atleast 1/3 of the big plant you can try to separate the two. Do this by pulling both plants while giving them a twist. 

You don't have to do this, the plants can stay perfectly together as there may be some risk to separating the two.

Good luck with taking care of your little tillandsia!

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