Air plants are one of the most unique and fascinating types of plants out there. Not only do they have beautiful leaves and stems, but they also produce their own air – something that’s not found in other plants. In this article, we’ll be discussing how to care for an air plant, including tips on how to grow it, what to do if it starts to die, and more.
Clearing Air Plants
If you live in a heavily polluted area or if you just don’t like the look of an air plant, there are a few things you can do to help it survive.
The most important thing is to clear the air around your air plant regularly. Pollutants will suffocate the plant and eventually kill it. If your air plant is in a low-light area, you can also try using a bright light to stimulate growth.
Another thing to keep in mind is that air plants need humidity levels between 40 and 60 percent. If the humidity drops below 40 percent, the leaves will turn brown and die. You can bring the humidity level up by spraying water on the plant or misting it with a spray bottle.
Finally, be sure to water your air plant only when the soil feels dry to the touch. Over-watering can cause root rot.
Watering Air Plants
One of the most important things you can do for your air plant is to make sure it receives enough water. A healthy air plant will need between 1 and 2 cups of water per week, depending on the size and type of plant. You can water your air plant by pouring water directly over the roots or using a watering can with a spout. Be sure to rinse off the excess water before letting the plant dry out.
Fertilizing Air Plants
Air plants, or pteridophytes, are a type of plant that doesn’t need soil to grow. They get their nutrients from the air and water they breathe. However, like all plants, they need fertilizer to grow and flourish. You can give them a general fertilizer every two weeks, or you can give them a fertilizer specifically for air plants that is made of low-nitrogen materials and balanced for pH levels.
Handling Air Plants
Air plants can be a lot of fun, but they do require some care. Here are a few tips for handling air plants:
– Keep air plants in bright light. They need enough light to photosynthesize, which means they need to be placed near a window or other bright source of light.
– Don’t over water air plants. Over watering can cause root rot and kill the plant. Aim for a water level just below the surface of the soil. If you see water pooling on the surface of the soil, it’s time to water again.
– Don’t place air plants in direct sunlight. The intense light can quickly scorch the leaves.
– Give air plants regular rest periods. Air plants grow slowly and need some time off from being constantly surrounded by light and water to grow healthily. To help them recover, put them in a dark area with fresh soil every couple of weeks for a month or so (ideally).
Pruning Air Plants
Air plants should be pruned every three to four months during the growing season to maintain their shape and size. Newly sprouted air plants should also be trimmed back regularly to prevent them from becoming leggy and reaching for the light.
If you’re new to caring for an air plant, or if you’ve been neglecting your plant and it’s showing signs of stress, read on for some tips on how to take good care of your plant. When choosing an air plant, make sure that the pot has good drainage and is made from a material that won’t cause the plant to become too moist. Give your airplant plenty of light but avoid direct sunlight because this will scorch the leaves. Make sure to water your airplant only when the soil feels dry; over-watering can lead to root rot. Finally, keep an eye out for aphids, mites and other pests; if you see them, try using insecticidal soap or a natural pesticide like neem oil spray.