Air Plant Care & FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How do I care and water my air plants?


Over water is the biggest killer of air plants. Make sure with care and water to always start slow and increase your water based on the plants needs. You can soak or spray your air plant. If you soak submerge the entire plant under water for 1-2 mins weekly to start. When spraying you will need to mist more often since you are not giving your air plant a heavy saturation. Make sure to focus on the leaves. When done watering always shake off the excess water to avoid center rot. Environment will overall dictate care for your air plant. In drier areas air plants will demand more water in more humid environments they will demand less water. Sunnier locations will increase their demand for water while shadier locations will lessen their demand for water. In heated homes during the winter air plants can demand more water. Increase your water slowly based on the plants needs. Leaves curling in on themselves are a sign of needing more water. Brown tips are a sign your air plant needs more water. Start slow and if you need to add another soaking or an occassional misting to increase your watering do it slowly. Soakings stay below 10 mins if you need to increase. Over water is the biggest and quickest killer of air plants. So start slow. Plants that easily fall apart show the signs of too much water. Air Plants base leaves will come loose over time as that is their old growth. But if layers of leaves fall off or your center falls out that is a sign of too much water. Also different varieties will also have different water demands. So make sure to know your varieties and educate yourself on them. Reach out if you have questions anytime.




How long will it take to get my order


We work hard to get orders out quickly. Usually 1-2 days after you order we work to ship it out. We are shipping out orders. We ship orders Monday-Friday
Standard mail is First class once shipped on avg 2-5 days depending on the post.
Priority mail is 2-3 days depending on the post




During Winter is it safe to ship Air Plants to cold environments?


Yes absolutely we can ship air plants to you in winter. ! However, you need to take precautions to make sure your air plants arrive healthy and happy. We sell heat packs in our shop. We highly recommend adding them to your order if your outdoor tempurature drops to 40 degrees and below.To avoid your air plants being left out in the cold make sure to ship the package to your daytime address. If you can’t ship to your daytime address make up a plan with your postal worker to leave them with a neighbor our a warm spot. The heat packs help to keep your air plants warm while shipping but will not help if your package is left in a snowdrift.




Will the air plants in your shop bloom?


All the Air plants we grow are exotic varieties that we grow because of the different species and because they all have beautiful blooms upon maturity. Most air plants only bloom once in their entire life. Some varieties change color. However both their bloom and color change is temporary and only happens once in their entire life. We try to send them before they have bloomed so as the new care giver can now enjoy their bloom and/or color change through their entire process. Around their bloom cycle they will give off babies. These babies will follow the same life cycle as the mother plant and bloom upon maturity. The mother will never bloom again. More questions feel free to email




Does my Air Plant need fertilizer


No you do not have to fertilize your air plant, but it doesn’t hurt. Air plants in nature get fertilizer from organic material. Air Plants don’t need fertilizer but it does give them a little more muscle. Fertlizer helps them grow a little faster, bloom a little faster. Can I use miracle grow? No. Air plants benefit from fertilizer but are also very sensitive to it. Too much or too strong a solution can burn them up. Orchid fertilizer is ok to use but make sure to water it down before using it. We use a fertilizer specific for air plants and we sell it in our shop. We are growing and caring for these plants to bring you the best product we can so a fertilizer does help us. How to use. We sell a condensed version in our shop. You will want to water it down we send instructions on the bottle. Its a couple drops per ounce of water. Only fertilize your plants once a month or every other week at most. Our air plant fertilizer is a 9-7-6.




Do I need to put Air Plants in dirt?


Quick answer No. Air plants like to get wet and then dry out, if they stay wet they can rot. To avoid rot do not place your plant in or on soil. Air plants can grow in anything that doesn’t hold moisture. Examples are sand, a dish, seashells or a vase are some great examples of containers for your new plant. You don’t need to set your air plant in anything. You can simply set it on a table while you take your time looking for the perfect new home for your new air plant. We love our shell planters. We use them frequently in our shop and make for a great hostess gift or souvenir.




Why is my Air Plant covered in White Dust?


We get alot of customer concerned because their airplant has a velvet dusty white coating on it. First assumption is always mold or disease. Its neither. That white dust is actually tiny hairs called tricolms. Tricolms help the airplant to pull moisture out of the air. Airplants that are heavily covered in tricolms are considered “Xeric” varieties. Xeric varieties are considered to handle drier environments easier because of their advantage to pull more moisture out of the air. Of the varieties we offer Harrissi, Medusa, Capitata, Xerographica and Ionas have the most tricolms. Tectorums have the most visible tricolms. Tillandsia Tectorum look like snowflakes. So the next time you get an airplant with a white dusty coating don’t try to wipe it off. Its actually their tiny plant super power to help them survive.




Tips for Watering the Xerographica


Tips for Watering your Xeroprahica Xerographicas are a Xeric Variety of Air plant. Meaning they can handle drier environments.Xerographicas can succumb to over water easier than other varieties. Overwater is one of the biggest and quickest killers of Air Plants. Best to start slow with the xerographica and either start with the dunk or spraying method. With the dunking method hold your xerographica upside down underwater for a couple seconds. Then remove from the water and let dry upside down allowing the air plant to drain. Do this once a week to start. If you prefer spraying. Focusing on the leaves spray down the air plant a couple times a week. Then drain upside down. Either way is a good start when bringing your new tillandsia into your home. Start slow with watering and increase slowly depending on your environment and the plants needs as it acclimates to its new environment. Want to learn more about Xeric varieties. Read our page on Why is my plant covered in white dust.




Why is my Iona 3 for 1 Green?


Why is my iona air plant 3 for 1 green? We try to send the 3 for 1 iona air plants more green. Their blooms and color change is only temporary and only happens once in their entire life so we try to send them before so you can enjoy the color change and bloom. The blooms only last about 4 days to a week tops which is why we try to send them more green. A bright indirect sunlight will turn them more red as they grow and mature. The nature of air plants is to only color change and bloom upon maturity and it only temporary but around their bloom cycle it means they are a mature plant and ready to have pups. The mother plant will never change color or bloom ever again in her life but the babies will grow and bloom as they mature. So this is why we try to send them more green so you can enjoy the full color change and bloom as they grow and not us or the inside of a box. Color change lasts a couple weeks. Bloom lasts about 4 days to a week tops. Give them bright indirect sunlight this will help them grow a little faster and bloom faster.




How should I water my plants when they arrive?


That is a question we get alot. People are confused because there is so much conflicting instructions out there.

Environment just like most plants will dictate their care. So to this question I say reach out to who you received your plants from. That person will be your best advice. I say this because when your plants arrive to you they are still acclimated to the environment they left. We suggest starting slow weekly 1-2 mins soaks to start. You can always increase your water but you can't take away. Our plants are in shade house open to the outdoors and we are in a very humid environment. So they leave us not needing those heavy long watering that they would need in a drier climate. If you are In a drier climate they may need more water over time as they acclimate to your environment. But when you receive them initially they are acclimated to the environment they left. So reach out to the person you received them from for some good info and always start slow. Over water is the biggest and quickest killer of air plants. Air plant are a very resilient plant and can bounce back from under water. It's that over water that can be detrimental to them.