How To | Caring For Your New Air Plant

Woop woop, they have arrived!

First of all take time to admire and fall in love with these magical creatures after all no soil, no proper roots yet beautifully living of water, air and love.

Concrete Air Plant Holder Twisted Cube by PASiNGA
Concrete Air Plant Holder Twisted Cube

Best thing to do to welcome them home is to give them a good soak in a water bath. Submerge them completely in water for about 20 minutes but don't worry if you have them bathing a little longer.

Gently take them out, best hold them upside down and shake off / remove any excess water. If you think the plant feels still a little wet and you want to be on the save side just have it rest for a little while upside down.

Air Plant Care, Getting Started by PASiNGA

Looking Good! Take your happy Air Plant and set it on/in your concrete vessel. The recess should provide enough air circulation and when you place it now in a bright light spot a lifelong bond could just have begun.


Congratulations and don't be shy to share, ask or comment and feel invited to show your success I sure love to see!
xx

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How To | Caring For Your Air Plant I

 

As you may know there is a great variety of Air Plants available yet I have chosen just a few. Why?
Not just the size or sturdiness are points to consider but also the question of which light is preferred as the worry of displaying them together should not arise.

The Light

So here it comes, don't worry you will find a spot, as they are happiest when they are kept where they will receive bright, indirect sunlight or under fluorescent home or office lighting.
Yes! That's why they are happy on your desk and looking good and trendy in their concrete vessel.

Air Plant Rubra in a Concrete Dodecahedron Vessel by PASiNGA
Air Plant Rubra in a Concrete Dodecahedron Vessel

What else? - of course if you love them you water them!

The Water

Well, there are many methods out there from letting them soak under rinsing water to spray regularly.
To me the rinsing water method is out of the question - water should never be wasted!
Water spraying them is, as I find, too messy for desk or sideboard displays. Well of course this is up to you but best results, and you know I shout out loud when I managed to get them flowing bright, is the soaking method. It's nice and easy.
Once or twice a month I give them a good bath and we all are happy. I do it more often if the air is really dry but you will soon see when the leaves are not so strong anymore and it requires more water.
Maybe one last tip [as written on the small info card delivered with your plant] use filtered water or rain water as sometimes tab water contains to much lime.

 

Happy Growing,

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Hinting Spring | The New Air Plant Collection

 

It is no secret that I simply love - no green thump needed - Air Plants and who says we have to wait for spring when we can enjoy these living beauties and their beautiful white green and orange pink red shades right now. Pimp your room, bookshelf, desk or wall, get your indoor gardening started with my new Tillandsia collection and unique concrete holders to suit your style. 

Antje 

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Psst ... looking for care tips and more about Air Plants?  - my HOW TOs might hold the answer you are looking for, enjoy!

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Doping For Your Air Plants

 

Do you like a hot wonderful bubble bath? - guess what, your Air Plant does too!


Unbelievable right?! - but if you really want / need to do something really nice for your Air Plant prepare a lukewarm bath from -just- filtered water for it. Use the soaking method and you will literally see you Air Plant grow stronger right there.

Take your plant out once the leaves are strong and fully soaked up, anything from 20 to 50 minutes. Don't forget to let it dry fully before nesting it back. 

 

There, that's it, another low cost Air Plant caring secret shared. 
Happy Air Plant doping,
xx

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How To - Caring For Your Air Plant 2

You have done the basics - water, air and love. You are ready for the next step and your Air Plant/s too?
Well ok, let's do this!

 

What if have been traveling and couldn't keep to my watering routine?

If you use the once week 20 minutes bathing method like me don't worry too much, as long as your Air Plant is still alive you give it first of all water. Don't forget best is filtered water!
Please allow it to soap this time for about 2 hours. Shake excess water off as usual, let it dry [best upside down] and it all is good place it onto it's concrete holder.

 

Air Plants by PASiNGA
A happy Oaxacana Air Plant

Done that, but it does not look really happy just yet?!

Yep I can imagine. Let's get the scissors out!
A bit of grooming is needed. It is normal that lower leaves of your tillandsias dry out as the plant grows. Sometimes even due to climate change or because of the simple fact that there was not enough water. You can pull those leaves off, gently please. 
If a leave is broken or the tip has dried out you will have to trim. The trick here is to trim in an angle to leave a natural pointy looking tip. However, don't worry it will do fine if the aesthetics of a straight cut appeals more to you.

Don't be shy or worry too much about harming your Air Plant - it will regrow.

And there is also the option of Fertilizer and Temperature adjustment to really make up for your oversight!

Always have your Air Plant enjoy temperatures above  45 degrees Fahrenheit / 8 degrees Celcius. However best is 50 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit / 10 to 32 degrees Celcius will help them even more.

Fertilizing your air plant/s is nothing you need to necessarily to do. I mean I have not done it yet and these magical plants showed the beauty in blue, purple and pink once or twice already. However, you keep them in top shape and could promote reproduction if you do.
There are special fertilizer out there but I have been told a water-soluble fertilizer will do. By that I mean stuff like Mircal-Grow or Rapid Grow, houseplant fertilizer at 1/4 strength or lower. Well, I would love to hear your insides as I have not done it so far.

Concrete Art and Air Plants by PASiNGA
In front Rubra and back Medusae Air Plant

I hope you enjoyed this little post - cheers to happy Air Plants and I look forward to your comments and pictures via the social media links or email!

Enjoy,
Antje
xx



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