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How to Water Air Plants

Air Plants (Tillandsia) are beautifully unique plants that do not need soil to grow. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to water them.

Air Plants (Tillandsia) are beautifully unique plants that do not need soil to grow. They are easy and fun to style and quite simple to care for. The most commonly asked question that we have received is how to water your air plants (yes, they need adequate sunlight and water). They absorb moisture through the leaves by humidity and watering.

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Here is a simple 3-step by step guide on how to water your air plants.


Step 1: Fill a bowl, sink or container with water and submerge your air plants 

Step 2: Soak the air plants for 20-30 minutes

Step 3: Remove plants from water and shake any excess off. Place them on a towel to dry in a bright area.

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Other Care Tips:

Use filtered water or tap water that has been sitting out for 24 hours. Air Plants are sensitive to chlorine and allowing the water to sit will let the chlorine evaporate. 


Pay attention to your watering schedule in each season. Water your air plant once a week and if possible, water in the morning so they have enough time to dry out before they respire at night.


If you have many air plants, you can water them all at once. Simply fill a bowl or sink with water and place them all in together!


Ensure they get proper light--bright indirect light is best. Intense direct sun can burn the leaves.

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