how to care for your air plant

One of the common misconceptions about air plants is that they survive on air. Well, they are called ‘air plants’ (members of the tillandsia genus) because they don’t need soil to survive. In rain-forests, they can actually grow on other plants, tree stumps, and branches, it’s pretty cool!

If you recently read my blog post on low maintenance plants to own, and it inspired you to go out and purchase an air plant, that’s GREAT!. They’re the perfect plant for the lazy gardener because they truly are low maintenance.  Soon after purchasing my ‘low maintenance’ plants, I learned that I still had some work to do. Step one, WATER YOUR AIR PLANT! Here’s how to water our air plant and keep it (and you) happy!

How To Water Your Air Plant


Step 1: Fill a clean sink with room temperature water. 

Step 2: Soak your air plant(s) in the water for 20 minutes.

Step 3: Shake off excess water.

Step 4: Lay upside down on a towel to dry in a bright place.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 again in 3-4 weeks!


Super simple right!? I just need to fill my apartment with these because I love them and they love me. I hope this quick how-to was helpful to you and your budding air plant garden! You can read more about air plants and how to care for them here.