Air Plant and Tillandsia Care Follow These Tips for Success With Your New Tillandsia Air Plants
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Air Plant Care Summary
Air plants are very hardy and easy to care for. We have seen them survive up to 2 weeks in a shipping box with no light or water (Do not try that at home). When your new air plants arrive you will want to open the box immediately. We ship our air plants via fast 2 to 3 day Priority Mail but like all plants they want light, air and water.
To lower the stress of the shipping you will want to soak your air plants in room temperature water for 20 to 60 minutes. Just fill a bowl with good water and submerge the plants completely. Municipal water often has some chemicals such as chlorine and/or fluoride. If you have well water, pond water, creek water or rain water, your air plants will love that. You can also use bottled spring water. Do not use distilled water as it has fewer natural minerals and nutrients that air plants like. As air plants do not live in soil they get all of their moisture, light and nutrients through their leaves.
You may notice that your air plants have a white, fuzzy, layer on their leaves, especially after a good watering. These are called Trichomes. Trichomes are small outgrowths on the leaves which absorb water and nutrients for the plants. They are not mold or a fungus.
After their soak, remove your air plants from the water, gently shake off the excess water and lay the plants out on their side or upside down so they can dry completely before placing them in a display. A nice sunny window sill is a perfect place to let them dry and soak up some sunlight. Do not place your air plants in direct sunlight. They like bright indirect sunlight. If you are planning on putting them in a glass terrarium, a wall hanging display, or any kind of enclosure (or in a hole to stand them up), it is important that you allow your air plants to dry completely. Letting the air plants dry completely reduces the risk of your plants rotting.
Your air plants should dry within one to two hours. Once they are dry you will want to display them in an area with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. Do not place them in direct sunlight as this will dry them out very quickly. Typically, your air plants will only need a 30 minute soak in water once per week. If they are in a very dry or warm environment you may need to spritz them with water once a week in addition to the soak. You will know if they are getting too dry if their leaves begin to curl. Give them a good soak if you see this happening. Remember that despite their name, air plants need a little more than just air to live happily.
If you display your air plants in a manner that does not allow soaking them in a bowl of water you can spray them with water two or three times per week instead. Tips:
Do not plant your air plants in soil as the moisture in the soil would lead to rotting
Do not let them stay wet for long periods of time to avoid rotting
Let them dry complete before placing in a glass terrarium
Yes, you may cut the unsightly roots off and peel or trim off the brown leaves. Air Plants grow roots so that they can connect themselves to trees and rocks in nature but are not necessary in a home environment
Air plants are hardy and easy to care for. Give them air, water and sunlight and they will be happy. Enjoy!
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What To expect When You Order
Successfully Receiving & Caring For Your First Air Plant Shop Order
You’ve just made your first Air Plant Shop order. Now what? Here are some things we recommend you do to successfully receive and care for your new Tillandsia.
These pants are alive and don’t like being in a dark box while shipping! Check your email for the shipping and tracking email often so you know exactly when your plants will arrive. If the weather in your area is very hot (above 95F) or below freezing, we recommend shipping your plants to wherever you are when mail is delivered like your office or school. This insures they can be brought inside to more comfortable conditions right away. While they can live in a wide variety of climates, air plants don’t like temperature extremes. Open the box as soon as you can and give them a nice hour-long soak with chlorine-free water if possible. Tap water will do in a pinch. Set them out to dry after shaking them free of water. Plants should dry within 4 hours. You can use a fan to speed up the process and help avoid rot.
Shipping Can Be Hard On Air Plants
Sometimes plants will look a little tired after a few days in a dark box. That is to be expected. They should perk up within a week at the most. Compare your plants to the one on our website to see what a healthy plant should look like. If they have not perked up in that time let us know immediately that you have a sickly plant. Our 30 day warranty will cover plants that are lost during the first 30 days only.
We’ve Got You Covered.
If your plants die or dry out during shipping please contact us immediately. If you are concerned about a plant that looks sick go ahead and give it a good 3 hour soak. If it doesn’t perk up take a picture and email it to us so we can help. Our email is Service@AirPlantShop.com. Sometimes we will ask you to watch them for a few more days just in case they are still recovering from shipping. If you are ordering for an event or for resale, ordering a couple weeks in advance can allow your plants a little time to recuperate. Note that we will only pay the shipping once for warranty plants on a given order. After that we are happy to include them in your next order or arrange a shipping charge.
Now Let Them Thrive!
Phew, your plants have survived the shipping process and have settled into their new home. Now what? Start by reading up on plant care here! Then give them the 3 essentials...Water, Light and food. The more you know about the 3 essentials the better off your plants will be. This not mean that your plants won’t die. They are a living thing that will die at some point. Sometimes they just give up the ghost. Sometimes they thrive for years. Regardless, we promise you will have fun raising these incredible plants as much as we do!