LIGHT: Air plants love indirect light. If you are looking to add air plants to a room that receives less sunlight, try positioning them near a window. If the space you are choosing receives more direct sunlight, daily misting may be needed to keep your plant from getting too dry and frying in the sun. Darker spaces, like basements, are not the most preferable climates for air plants, but you can certainly use a fluorescent light bulb to mimic sunny conditions.
WATER: The more humid the climate, the happier your air plants will be. If they are kept near an air vent, they will dry out quicker than those that are kept in a more moist environment like a bathroom. For best results, we recommend soaking air plants in a bowl or dish for 10-20 minutes once a week. Fully submerge them in water and then place them on a towel to dry out for a couple of hours. Misting every couple of days is another watering option, but we have found the misting method to not be as advantageous as it is to soak them.
FOOD: Air plants can’t live on air alone! For added vibrancy and growth, nourish your air plants once a month with a fertilizer like this Hinterland Trading Air Plant Tillandsia Food and Fertilizer, 8-Ounce. Fertilizing your air plants, in addition to a normal watering schedule, will yield years of enjoyment with your air plants.
To purchase your Tillandsias, or Tilly’s, check out your local garden shop. If they don’t carry the assortment you are looking for, check out the stores on Amazon. Happy ‘air’ planting!