Air Plant Care
Watering: Be consistent. Being consistent is important because air plants acclimate to their surroundings. Start with watering once a week and look for the curvature of the leaves. If that is occurring add another watering, but always let the plant dry out between watering cycles.
Type of water: For best results use mineral water with a PH of 5.5-6. This will help keep calcium deposits and other pollutants off your plants. However, your plant can survive on tap water.
Green to White Spectrum: They can be broken down into two extremes (Green Varieties and White Varieties.) Green varieties most of the time come from low land habitats (ex. the rainforest.) They can take less light, and more water. White varieties, which are white because they are covered with trichomes, generally come from mountainous / drier habitats. White varieties require less water.
Light: We DO NOT recommend direct sunlight, especially between the hours of 10 and 2. Direct sun can cause a burn. Bright filtered light is the best spot for your air plant. Green varieties of air plants can tolerate darker locations.
Air Flow: These plants thrive with proper air movement, and usually the kitchen is the best place, because it is the most used room in the house, and it has an adequate amount of light. If temperatures permit it, plants do best outside because they receive more airflow.
Temperature: Optimally most varieties like temperatures in the high 20’s. A larger differentiation in day and night time temperature will also help to stimulate more color. You may find the need to increase watering in higher temperatures. It is not unheard of to water every other day when temperatures exceed 30 degrees.
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