Air Plants

Air Plants

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Did you know that there’s such a thing as air plants?

It might sound strange, but not all plants require a deep root system to thrive. 

What are Air Plants? 

Air plants are native to central and South America, Mexico, and the West Indies. Over 650 species of air plants exist today! They can live for several years, and most only bloom once in their lifetime. 

Air plants are special because they can grow without soil. They have a very minimal root system, which helps them to thrive on things like rocks, trees, sand, and more. 

Air Plants Care

Have you recently purchased an air plant? Great! Here’s a complete guide to air plants care. 

Bringing an Air Plant Home

The very first thing you should do is research on air plants. It’s best to find air plants that require minimal care. It’s also best to find the ones that will thrive in your home or office environment. If you have questions about air plants, you can also contact your local garden center. 

Place in a Bright Space

Unlike some indoor plants, air plants love the sun. Many air plants do well in bright, indirect sunlight. So if you have a south, east or west-facing window, it’s a great place for an air plant. 

Water Your Air Plant

Air plants need water too! Many air plants get their water from the humidity in the air.  You should mist your air plant every so often. Every month, you’ll also need to soak your air plant in rainwater for about thirty minutes.  

What to Avoid 

Now that you know what air plants are, and how to care for them, you should also know what to avoid. 

A Dry Environment

Air plants receive most of their water through the air. Therefore, they need quite a bit of humidity to thrive in your home or office.  To help your plant in a dry environment, increase misting to once a week. 

Pests

Air plants are susceptible to mites and mealy bugs. To remove these pests, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a cloth on the leaves. You can also use a non, soap-based insecticide. Be careful of soap-based insecticides. They will block the pores on your air plant leaves and prevent the plant from absorbing water. 

Copper

Copper wire or copper treated planters look great but are toxic to air plants. You even need to watch out for treated wood. Some chemicals also contain copper. 

Salt or Chlorine 

When watering your air plant, make sure that the water is free of salt or chlorine. The sensitive leaves of air plants do not do well with these chemicals. 

The Wrong Fertilizer

Air plants do best with fertilizer that is specially formulated. Watch out for ingredients like urea-nitrogen, boron, and zinc. Air plants do not like these ingredients. 

Care for Air Plants

Air plants make a truly unique addition to any home or office space. However, it’s important to understand how best to care for air plants before investing your time and money. Working with a local horticulture specialist will help you to better understand the types of air plants that will thrive in your environment. 

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