Epiphytes, more commonly know as ‘Air Plants,’ are in the Bromeliad family, genus Tillandsia. There are over 500 species of Air Plants. Native to Central & South America, as well as the West Indies, they often live nestled in treetops amongst orchids & ferns. These intriguing beauties are called ‘Air Plants’ because they do not root in soil & acquire all their nutrients for survival from the air.


Expert Care Tips:

·       Air plants need a soaking 1-2 times week. 2-3 times a week in the heat of Summer.

·       To water,  completely submerge the plant in a cup, sink, or bowl of water for a few hours or overnight.

·       Do shake off excess water after watering.

·       Allow at least 24 hours to pass before soaking/watering your plant again to prevent rotting.

·       Turn the plant upside-down to dry. Make sure it is completely dry before putting it back in the display.

·       You may trim away any brown, dried or broken leaves.  You may also trim the roots if they are preventing your plant from fitting into the container or are unsightly.

·       Avoid soaking any flowers while in bloom to extend the life of the blooming flower.

·       Leave pups (babies) on mother plants until they are at least half the size of the mother plant.

·       AIR PLANT 911: Don't throw away your plant if there is any green left in the leaves. Soak them for 24 hours. 

·     If you are going out of town give them an overnight soaking before you leave.  

A good rule of the thumb: Remember back to what your plant looked like after a good soaking.  If it has lost that happy healthy vibrant look, soak it for 30 minutes to an hour, shake, allow to fully dry.

Reason Air Plants Die:

  • The plants were over-watered or too frequently watered which caused them to rot (will turn black or brown) Sadly, there is no saving your plant once rotting starts. *Please see below for more. 
  • The plants were under-watered or just misted without soaking (will turn white and brittle) 
  • They were kept more than 10 feet away from an source of indirect light or florescent light
  • They were kept in a window that receives harsh direct sunlight (will turn white and brittle)
  • And finally, remember air plants are hearty and resilient little charmers, these tips above are expect care tips, so if you miss a watering or two just pick up where you left off and your plant is sure to spring back to life.

    *REPLACEMENT PLANTS: Made a mistake and found there is no turning back? Email robin@robincharlotte.com for a discount on a replacement plant. This special discounted offer is for previous customers of RobinCharlotte air plants only.

     

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