Air Plants or Tillandsia use their root system to attach themselves to objects, such as trees, shrubs, telephone poles, wires, rocks, etc. They do not need soil to survive. Due to this fact they are unique and fun plants to have in your collection.
Air plant care is not a one size fits all. They are typically divided into two categories Xeric and Mesic. These two categories refer to the type of environment these plants are native to. Determining which category your plant falls into is crucial for providing the right care. The leaves of these plants are covered in trichomes which help them trap and absorb water and minerals, but depending on their natural environment, some have more than others.
Mesic plants are native to areas that are moderate in moisture. These plants can be identified by their darker green leaves, which can be smooth due to the lack of trichomes. These plants prefer more indirect bright light and plenty of water and humidity. We recommend soaking them for 20 minutes once a week. In the winter, we highly recommend a light mist in between watering.
Semi Mesic plants tend to have bright green leaves and tend to show more trichomes. The same plant care applies as the Mesic.
Xeric plants are native to dry environments and can tolerate more sunlight. these plants are easily identified by their silvery leaves. They are abundant in trichomes which give them a fuzzy feel. Due to their abundance in trichomes, these plants naturally pull a lot of moisture. We recommend dunking these plants in water once a week. Avoid soaking these plants as they hold too much water and will lead to rot.
We highly recommend shaking any excess water off your plants, whether Mesic or Xeric, and letting them dry upside down (base of the plant up). This prevents the water from sitting in between the leaves which can lead to rot.