Tillandsia air plants thrive in bright filtered light. No direct sunlight during warm summer months, as it may cause sun burn. If your plant does get full sun part of the day, water more regularly to avoid burning and drying out of the delicate leaves. Good ventilation is essential to all air plants and therefor fresh moving air is advisable.
Air plants love humidity and in dry hot areas, you need to water your air plants at least 2-3 times a week. In cooler areas you can water less. Tillandsia can not survive in standing water and need to dry out for at least 4 hours after a good watering.
Tip: If you do not have access to borehole or filtered water, fill a bucket with normal tap water and leave it outside for 48 hours to filter away most chemicals in the water. Normal tap water won't damage or kill the plants, but filtered water does make a difference in how happy your air plant will be.
Following each watering, Tillandsia should be given enough light and air circulation to dry out in 4 hours or less. Do not keep your air plants constantly wet or moist.
Use fertilizer at 1/4 strength no more than two times a month.
Air plants can be mounted on almost anything, trees, stumps, shells, and rocks. If you do mount your plants on rocks, please take note that rocks can get very hot and you must be careful of where you place them. Tillandsias can grow indoors, as long as it receive enough ventilation, water and light. If you do keep them indoors, keep them near windows or open doors. Patios with enough light and ventilation are excellent. Use silk stockings that are elastic to mount your air plants.
After receiving your new plants:
Submerse your new plants in a bucket of water for 10 minutes. Let it dry out completely after submersion before mounting them. Do not use fertilizer for at least 3 weeks. Minor leave imperfections are normal and dry or "loose" leaves and roots can be trimmed with a scissors. It is also normal for Tillandsias to lose some of the bottom leaves while acclimating to their new environment. these loose leaves can be trimmed off.
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