A common misunderstanding about airplants, is that they do not need any care at all. Unfortunately, this is not true. Though, relatively they do require very little care. Originally, airplants are able to live from the humidity in the air, which is why they are called so. It is a very strong type of plant, needing less care than most of the other type of houseplants. Airplants have little fuzzy grey/white hairs on their leaves, which are called trichomes. Via these structures, they are able to get the needed nutrients from the air in a very effective way. The humidity in their native areas is much higher than here, which is why airplants do need some care!
How to care for airplants?
- Spray your airplant regularly / soak your airplant. Specific information can be found below.
- Put your airplant in a bright spot, preferably with air circulation as it needs to dry off after watering
- Protect your airplant from frosts at all times
- Protect your airplant from direct sunlight (indirect sunlight is the best)
Airplant in an open environment
In warmer months, it is perfect to spray your airplant once/twice a week. This can be done once every two weeks during colder months. Preferably spray your airplant with the Take Airplants care spray, which has the right fertilizers. It can also be done with water (preferably natural water, but hard water is also fine). Important is that airplants need time to dry off completely. In addition to regular spraying, soaking the airplants monthly is very much recommended. Feel free to read more about the ‘soaking method’ at the bottom of this page.
Airplant in open glass
Basically the same care as discussed above, applies to airplants in an open glass. However, it is very much recommended to get the airplant out of the glass once you spray it. Also, the advice is to let the airplant dry off completely before putting it in the glass again. Spraying with the Take Airplants care spray is preferred, whereas it is also possible with water (natural water is better than hard water/water from the tap). To further improve the health of your airplants, the monthly soaking method can also be applied here of which the details are discussed at the bottom of this page. Important is to always let your airplant dry off completely before putting it back in the glass.
Airplant in closed environment/closed glass
Once/twice a week, give your airplant a spray of water or preferably Take Airplants care spray (once/twice every two weeks during colder days). Put your airplant back in the glass once it has completely dried off. As airplants value air circulation, they could deteriorate more quickly when put in a closed environment, like a closed glass. Therefore, keep a good eye on the appearance of the airplant. Whenever you see that it’s losing color or starts to look a little different/ less healthy, we recommend you to apply the soaking method. This method is discussed in detail at the bottom of this page. The most important thing after soaking, is to let the airplant dry off completely in an open environment with good air circulation and bright light (no direct sunlight). After the soaking method, you’ll find your airplant getting its strong and healthy look again, after which it could be put back into the glass. Whenever you see the same deteriorating process happen again, the process can be repeated.
To make your airplants even more happy, it is recommdened to soak them monthly in a container with water (naturel water is preferred over hard water). Your airplants will suck up the water for a period of time. After 30-60 minutes of soaking, the airplants like to be put in a bright spot with good air circulation to dry off completely. You’ll see the airplants getting their strong and healthy look after that. Very important is the drying off process.
To further help you with the soaking method, we have provided some visuals below:
Step 1: Soak your air plants in lukewarm water. Try to use filtered water or preferably rain water.
Step 2: Wait for 120-180 minutes.