Three Easy Steps to Start Taking Care of Your Own Air Plant at Home
Jul 14, 2020
The “air” in air plants is a misnomer. Let’s take care of that first. These lovely plants do not just grow out of thin air nor do they just need air to survive! In the wild, you can see these plants growing out of the crooks and crannies of tree branches (without harming them). Usually, they just utilize whatever moisture and nutrition that the scale in their leaves absorbs. They’re called air plants because they do not need soil to grow. Here you’ll find three of the things to watch out for when taking care of air plants at home, or in any setting. These are practical and you won’t even need to prepare a lot of equipment to proceed, so if you’re just as excited as we are, let’s go:
Air plants are still plants and as such, they do need sunlight for photosynthesis - a plant’s food/energy-making process. There’s no specific rule on how long an air plant should be exposed to sunlight because sometimes they’re mounted and difficult to move around but generally they should be placed along the southern or eastern side of your house.
Position the plant where it gets exposed to bright but indirect sunlight. You may also choose to place in an area facing North or West but for the latter, be careful as the afternoon sun tends to come out late so these two things can happen: 1) your plant will not get enough sunlight and 2) you risk overexposing your plant to harsh temperatures.
Before we proceed with that, it’s important to consider your plant’s watering needs. The main thing to consider is where is it planted, particularly the temperature around it. The rule is that the hotter and the dryer the environment is, the often you have to water it (either by misting, dunking, or both). If the environment gets more humid, then lesser the plant’s water requirements, but keep in that the presence of heaters and fireplaces also dry the air around your house, so there’s that. You also have to consider the amount of water of type of plant needs as well to keep it alive.
About the “dunking” process, there are no complicated procedures involved in that. Simply prepare container large enough to fit your plant and fill it with tap water. Once in a while, you may add fertilizers to the tap water as these plants get hungry too.
You can then soak your plant ranging from 10 minutes to a few hours BUT make sure to thoroughly dry them afterward. The excess moisture will cause your plant’s core to rot and you don’t want that.
Lesson 3 - Container
Depending on your plant’s size, getting an ample size container is important so as not to suffocate your plant. A seemingly small container for a larger plant encourages the build-up of wet, stagnant conditions, and this is a disaster waiting to happen. This quaint sea urchin container from The Aroma Garden is a great example. It even comes with a single plant off the box to get you started immediately.
There you have it, Ladies and Gentlement! Three easy steps to encourage you to try our growing these beautiful plants at home. If you need anything supplies to get you started with this hobby, please feel free to visit The Aroma Garden.