I’m convinced that air plants are magic. Their nomadic ability to make a home anywhere – inside a glass, attached to a wall, nestled in a bowl - impresses me to no end. (And maybe makes me a little jealous – imagine the freedom!)

 

I’ve loved these little guys for a long time – both for their adaptability and for their adorableness. But it is easy to forget that just because they don’t need soil, doesn’t mean they don’t also need water. Here are some tips on taking care of your air plant so that he can stick around and brighten your days for a long time to come:

  • Make sure your little guy is getting some good sun. (This should be a rule for me, too.) Try to give him bright, indirect light, but if he’s sitting in the path of direct light for a few hours, that’s fine, too. You’ll just need to water him more frequently.
  • A good rule of thumb is to water your air plant(s) once a week (or 2-3 times a week if you’re in a dry climate). Of course, because they’re not in a pot of soil, watering them is a little different than watering your average houseplant. You’ll need to fill a container – I usually use my sink - with water. Dip each air plant in the water.

  • Once your plants have been soaking for fifteen minutes or so, take your plants out of the water.
  • Shake the water off of your plants and then put your air plants somewhere where they can dry out. I usually arrange mine on a towel, but you can use any surface that’s absorbable. It may take up to four hours for them dry out.
  • In between waterings, I also give them a light mist with a spray bottle.

 And that’s it! Just like magic.

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