Air Plants – What Are They?
An air plant is a type of succulent plant that grows from a single stem or “air pod”. These plants have small leaves and flowers that resemble tiny miniature sunflowers. Air plants grow best in areas with moderate temperatures year round. You may have seen them growing in windowsills, under rocks, in cracks and crevices, etc… They are very easy to propagate by division. All you need is patience!
How To Water Air Plants – How To Mist Air Plants
The first thing you need to do when watering your air plants is make sure they are completely dry before attempting to water them again. If not, then you will have a problem. Once your air plants are dry, it’s time to mist them. There are two ways to do this. One way is to simply use a fan blowing gently at the air plants.
Another method is to use a spray bottle filled with water. Both methods work equally well and both require minimal effort on your part.
When using either technique, remember that you want the misting to be gentle enough so that the air plants don’t get too wet but strong enough so that they aren’t drowning in their own droplets of water. You’ll know that your plants have had enough water when the leaves on them become plump again.
You only need to mist your air plants once every week or two. Remember, these plants store water in their stems, so they should be able to get by without water for a while!
The main thing to remember is: Do Not Soak Your Air Plants!
If you do then they will begin to rot.
How To Water Air Plants – How To Water Air Plant In Pots
When watering your air plants in pots, you should use bottled or filtered water and allow the water to evaporate out of the pot so that it is no longer sitting in it. The evaporation process naturally provides any essential minerals that your air plants may need.
You should also be sure that the pot does not have a saucer underneath of it. Air plants do not do well when they are sitting in water. If you are concerned about your pot having excess water in it after the evaporation process, then you can carefully pour the water out each day.
If your plant is growing in a regular pot with drainage, then you will need to water it more often than if it was in a regular pot without drainage.
Just remember that over watering is much worse for your air plants than under watering. So don’t feel like you’re killing your plants if you’re under-watering them a little bit. Some people like to use water crystals to help keep their plants hydrated. You just add the crystals to the pot and they help keep the soil moist for a long period of time. This is fine to use, but only if you’re having trouble getting the soil to not be wet for too long.
You don’t want the soil to be soggy or constantly wet for long periods of time.
A Brief Word On Soil
While not technically necessary, most people have success with growing their air plants in regular garden soil. Using a regular pot and regular soil will make watering your plant much easier. Just remember that you still want to be careful about watering, as the soil will retain water for much longer than other mediums would.
If you do decide to go this route, then you should take our Earthcapsules. These capsules are made of volcanic rock and are great for helping with aspects of plant growth and strength. They can also help keep your plants from being as thirsty as they usually would be.
Sometimes, it is beneficial to place your air plants in a cool location during the day. During the night, you can place them somewhere warmer if you’d like to help them grow quicker and stronger. Air plants that are placed in a cool surrounding will often have better color.
Although many people choose to put their air plants outside, there are issues with this. Air plants placed outside will be at the mercy of the elements and can dry out very quickly if they are not brought back inside in time. They’re also susceptible to certain types of bugs and wildlife that like to target these types of plants.
If you do choose to put your air plant outside, then you should bring it back in before the night time temperatures begin to drop. You don’t want to place your plant in a location that gets either hot or cold. Air plants like to be in a nice warm environment all the time.
Having Trouble Getting Your Air Plant To Take Root?
Many people have had issues getting their air plants to take root. If you are one of these people, then here are some helpful tips that you can try.
Light is the main thing that will cause your plant take root. You’ll need to keep your plant in a location that gets a minimum of five hours of indirect sunlight each day. If at all possible, try to give it more than five hours of sun.
Most people that have had issues getting their plant to take root, don’t give it enough light.
The next thing you’ll want to do is keep your plant in a cool location during the day and bring it into a warm location at night. The cooler the temperature is during the day, the better your chances are of getting it to start taking root. During the night, you want to keep your plant in a location that is around room temperature.
While you are trying to get your plant to take root, it is important that you keep the soil damp at all times. You don’t want the soil to be soggy or wet, but you do want to make sure that all of the soil is moist. You can do this by watering it every day or every other day at least.
You also need to make sure that you don’t expose your plant to any direct sunlight while it is trying to take root. Any sunlight that does hit your plant can cause the roots to turn white and will ultimately kill them off completely.
As long as you keep these things in mind, you greatly increase your chances of getting your plant to take root successfully. Just keep a close eye on everything and make sure you’re doing everything right. Eventually, your plant should take root. It just might take a little while for it to happen.
What Do I Do If My Air Plant Falls Off It’s Tree?
It is very important that you don’t panic if this happens. Although it may seem daunting to do this, if you follow the steps in this guide, you should be able to get it back on the tree successfully.
If your air plant has fallen off the tree, then the first thing that you should do is check to see if it has a vine. If it does, then you’re in luck because this will make things much easier. If it doesn’t have a vine, then you’ll need to go out and buy one and attach it to the air plant before continuing.
Sources & references used in this article:
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Effect of misting on transpiration and conductances of a greenhouse rose canopy by N Katsoulas, A Baille, C Kittas – Agricultural and forest meteorology, 2001 – Elsevier
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