How To: Care for Your Airplant

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Here’s the good new: air plants (aka tillandsia) are some of the lowest maintenance plants you’ll find!¬†However they still do need attention occasionally and it can differ depending on where you live. Here are some pointers:

When you first get an air plant, dunk it in water for 2 – 3 hours and then take it out and allow the plant to dry completely in an area with good circulation.

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Air plants need light! Filtered light, as opposed to direct sunlight, is best during the hot summer months. During the rest of the year (November – March) they are happy to live in the direct sunlight.

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Keep it dry – air plants can’t survive in standing water. However, they do need occasional waterings. The frequency depends on how humid or dry your environment is- plants in dry environments might need watering 1 -2 times a week while plants in humid environments may only need to be watered every other week.

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– To water, dunk your air plant in a water bath for a 1 – 2 hours. Then take it out, shake it off and ensure there is adequate circulation for the plant to dry completely in 4 hours or less.

– If you’re interested in fertilizing your plant bromeliad fertilzer is recommended. Miracle Grow can also be used, just be sure to dilute it to 1/4 strength with water.

We hope you enjoy your new plant!


Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at

1 Comment

  • Reply August 9, 2014

    Dena Oneal

    I did not receive the air plant in my box. I received a small packet of dirt and some tiny seeds. There were no directions for growing. Can you help?

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