Air Plant Care

Last Updated: August 14, 2022

Basic Air Plant Care

Air Plants are some of the only plants that don’t need any soil to grow and only need the occasional misting and water bath to keep them alive. This makes their care routine so much easier than a lot of other houseplants where issues with overwatering and root rot are more difficult to diagnose when buried in the soil.

Below you will find our complete Air Plant Care Guide with all the information you need to help it thrive.

Detailed Air Plant Care

Air Plants need bright light

The best spot for your Air Plant is somewhere that receives a lot of bright sunshine, but preferably indirect. Too much direct sunlight can harm the leaves quite quickly so it is important you keep them a little further away from the window.

They require misting and bathing

Instead of watering the soil like you do with all of your other houseplants, Air Plants only need misting and the occasional bath to keep them alive. Submerge the plant in water for an hour or two every couple of weeks and that should be plenty.

Just be careful not to give your Air Plant too much moisture as this can lead to the leaves rotting and your plant losing leaves.

Never grow them in soil

This may seem obvious, but Air Plants won’t grow in soil, however much you try and make them. They just need good air and misting/bathing as we mentioned above.

Air Plants prefer warmer temperatures

Try and prevent your home from getting too cold in winter as your Air Plant prefers a slightly warmer temperature. They will die in frost so be careful if you live in a cold climate.

You can use fertiliser on an Air Plant

If you do choose to fertilize your Air Plant, use an orchid water-soluble fertiliser and mix it into the water that you use to mist your plant.

Air Plant are not toxic to humans or pets

Thankfully Air Plants are completely safe for humans and pets so don’t worry too much about keeping it out of reach.

Propagate your Air Plant by removing its pups

Over time, as your Air Plant matures, it will produce little offshoots, (otherwise known as pups), which can be carefully separated from the main plant and turned into its own little Air Plant. Unfortunately, you cannot propagate from a single leaf.

Air Plant Care FAQs

Common Issues for Air Plants

Because Air Plants are so unique in how you care for them compared to regular houseplants, they are bound to have some issues. It is important to spot any warning signs to know when your Air Plant might be unhappy.

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