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How to Care for Air Plants

My first introduction to air plants took place some 15 years ago when someone passed me an air plant before flying overseas. In the midst of all the goodbyes, I barely had a chance to ask him how to care for air plants. I wrongly assumed that air plants simply live on air and nothing else! Needless to say, my air plant didn’t live long.

Since then, I have made an effort to learn a thing or two about how to care for air plants . Here’s what I now know, and it turned out to be really easy!

Air plants do not like soil

Air plants (or Tillandsias) absorb water and nutrients through their trichomes, which are the hair-like substance on their leaves. Trichomes bascially act as sponges which absorb water, just like roots. Never plant your air plants in soil as this will cause your air plant to rot and die.

Air plants love humidity

Since air plants absorb moisture from the air, kitchens and bathrooms are the best places to have them in your home. They also like good circulation around them. However, do not place them near heating or cooling vents.

Water your air plant

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In their natural habitat, air plants absorb moisture from rain, dew and decaying leaves around them. Since this is not available in a home environment, we need to take steps to ensure that our air plants have sufficient water.

If your air plant lives in a dry environment, it is a good idea to water it regularly. Although an air plant can live without water for some time, it will only be surviving, not thriving. Lightly misting your air plant every 2 to 3 days will do the trick.

Air plants prefer warmer temperatures

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Air plants are native in deserts, forests and mountain regions of Central and South America. As such, they prefer a temperature range of 50 to 90 degrees F (or 10 to 32 degrees C). Air plants do not like frost and prolonged exposure to low temperatures, which will result in leaf damage.

Air plant need nutrients

Air plants are able to absorb nutrients in their natural environment from decaying leaves. Since this source of nutrients is not readily available in a home environment, it will be a good idea to use a water-soluble fertilizer formulated specifically for air plants, and mist your plants with them once a month. 

Now that you know how easy it is to care for air plants, here’s an assorted pack of 8 air plants to get you started!

Or if you prefer surprises, you could consider the monthly air plant gift subscription box!

And finally, consider getting cholla wood on which to place your air plant.

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or even geometric hanging metal pots.

Useful Links:

Air Plants Care Guide
How to save underwatered and overwatered air plants
Watering air plant 101
How to multiply your air plant collection fast and free

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Clear Succulents: A Fascinating New Trendy Plant

Succulents are a must-have plant due to their low maintenance care and a vast array of shapes, colours and textures. Clear succulents are undoubtedly a great way to level up your plant collection.

Clear or see-through succulents are Haworthia succulents which are native to South Africa. They are classified as a rare succulent and grow in clusters with fleshy leaves which are translucent. They are an unusual succulent that comes in an unexpected lack of colour, making them a prized plant in many’s collections.

In addition, like the majority of succulents, Haworthias are low maintenance. The biggest killer of succulents is overwatering.

In short, there are a variety of haworthias which you can purchase from the links provided to get succulents delivered to your door!

1. Window Haworthia Succulent

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Firstly is the Window Haworthia.

Characteristics: Also known as the Cathedral Window Haworthia, this succulent is drought-tolerant and evergreen. It has rosettes up to 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches in height. The Window Haworthia has fleshy tender leaves with dark stripes and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or light pink flowers that grow on stems 8 inches in length.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

2. Haworthia Cooperi Succulent

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Secondly, and most notably, the Haworthia Cooperi.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cooperi has small rosette clumps of fleshy, light-green leaves.

Flowers: It flowers in spring and summer, producing white flowers.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

3. Haworthia Cuspidata Succulent

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Thirdly, the Cuspidata which is a more popular Haworthia.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cuspidata is characterised by its star-like shaped rosettes that grow to 4 inches in diameter with dark green leaves and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces small white flowers on top of long, thin stems during spring.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

4. Haworthia Cymbiformis Var. Obtusa

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Characteristics: The Haworthia Cymbiformis Var Obtusa has denser rosettes that grow to 6 inches in diameter and form large round clumps. They have neon green leaves that are soft and translucent.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or pink flowers on long stems.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

5. Haworthia Batesiana Succulent

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Characteristics: Haworthia Batesiana has translucent, bright-green leaves with white spines that form dense clumps.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

6. Silver Haworthia Succulents

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Characteristics: The Silver Haworthia has pale foliage that is patterned with white and grey. It forms clumps and vary in appearance depending on light conditions.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

Additionally, we have a bunch more articles for you to explore on succulents and other plants. Here are a few of our favourites:
Interesting Types of Cacti
Miniature Succulents
Pink Succulents
Weird Looking Succulents
Rare Succulents

Finally, the best part? You can purchase any of the plants you love in these articles by clicking the links provided.