Soak one hour once a week in the morning
Remove your plant from its shell. Fill up a sink or a bucket with enough room temperature water to completely submerge your plant. Water from the tap is sufficient for this. Soaking your plant once a week for about one hour will be enough. After soaking, pick up the plant and lay it on a towel - somewhere with good air circulation - to allow the excess water to run off. When your plant is completely dry return it to its shell. Like a sponge, the plant will retain enough water until the following week. In a warm and dry environment it might be necessary to soak the plant more frequently or to mist the plant with water every 2-3 days in addition to the weekly soak.
While your plant is blooming, which often lasts 2-3 weeks, instead of soaking put your air plant under a gently flowing faucet until your plant gets completely wet. Avoid getting the flower wet, as doing so will shorten the bloom duration.
Bright, filtered light and lots of it.
Your air plant should receive as much filtered sunlight as you can give them. Periods of direct sunlight – in the early morning or late afternoon – are fine, but more than a few hours of hot sun will deplete the plants of their moisture. An east or west-facing window would be best. Remember to keep them far from heaters and air-conditioners.
All air plants bloom! Every air plant will only bloom once in its lifetime. Many of these unique plants undergo a dramatic colour change as they prepare to bloom. Once the inflorescence fades, it’s entirely up to you whether to snip it off. If you’d like to remove it, it’s best done when the entire stalk, flower bract, and petals no longer appeal to you. Be patient - their slow-growing nature means that you may have to wait for quite a while before the initial set of blooms emerges.
Fertilizing your air plant will promote faster growth and blooming, but be sure not to overdo this. Mist all parts of your plant with the tillandsia fertilizer once a month in addition to regular watering. If you feel as though it’s time for both water and food, give your air plant a soak first and fertilize it the following day.
NEW GROWTH ‘PUPS’
Air plant ‘pups’ are simply new plants forming at the base of the plant. They typically begin to grow after the mother plant stops blooming. You can twist and pull new pups off when they are 1/3 to half the size of the mother plant. Once an air plant begins to pup, the mother plant slowly begins to die.
If your plant’s roots become unruly, you can always trim them back with scissors, as this will not harm the plant. In fact, the sole purpose of the roots is for attaching themselves to objects.
One of the many great things about air plants is that they can be moved around the home with ease for you to enjoy or to impress your guests. Remember to return your plant to its original place as soon as possible or at least try to avoid placing it where the light or temperature conditions are dramatically different.
While air plants are known for being easy to grow, they still need attention to survive and live a healthy life. If taken care of, air plants will live for several years.