Bright filtered light is the general requirement, and the higher the humidity of the air the higher light will be tolerated. Outdoors the silvery-leafed varieties can usually be grown in full sun, but in an unshaded greenhouse or close to unshaded glass in a sunny room the same plant will burn because the air dries out the plant quickly. In a very sunny spot indoors they may need daily misting or weekly soaking depending on which method you prefer.
See watering below.
WATERING YOUR AIR PLANTS
Thoroughly wet your Tillandsia 2-3 times per week; more often in a hot, dry environment; less often in a cool, humid one.
The Water you use is important. NEVER USE DISTILLED WATER! Softened Water is not recommended because of the salt content. Filtered water, tap water that has sat long enough for the chlorine to dissipate and bottled water are all fine. Pond water, aquarium, or rain water are all preferred but tap water is better than no water. Outdoors (in the summertime) you may not need to water Tillandsias hanging in a tree if you live in a temperate climate with some humidity. Indoors, the hotter and drier the air, the more you need to water.
Spray misting is insufficient as the sole means of watering but may be beneficial between regular waterings in dry climates to increase the humidity. One last thing about watering your air plant: it is much better to water in the morning than at night. Air plants absorb the Carbon Dioxide from the air at night instead of the day time. If the plant is wet, it does not breath and this can have negative effects on your plant.
If you are considering starting seeds indoors for this growing season, take a peek at the tips and tricks below. Starting seeds is very simple and gratifying, and with a little organization completely stress-less.
1. Seeds (You Pick!)
2. Starting Soil and a Tray or Seed Starting Pellets
3. Labels and a marker
4. (Recommended but not necessary) A grow dome that will ensure your seeds remain moist will you wait for them to germinate!
- The first step is to read about the plant(s) you would like to grow. Certain plants are recommended to be started in January, while some perform best if started only 4 short weeks before the growing season. Also, you will find on the seed package the recommended planting depth, this will be important in the next few steps.
- If you are using starter pellets ensure they are well soaked; if you are using a starting tray fill the cells about 80% full with seed starting soil (I highly recommend promix starting mix) that is moist but not soaked.
- I recommend having your labels pre-made and ready so they can be placed in the tray AS you plant the seeds to ensure you place the proper tag with the proper seed
- Now the fun begins! Place one seed at the top of each pellet and plant according to what you would like to grow. If it is recommended that you plant the seed greater than 1/2″ deep, use your index finger to depress the seed to the appropriate depth. If the planting depth is shallow continue to the next step once your are done placing your seeds.
- If you are using Starter Pellets, gently smooth some soil over the seed, now you can place them in the growing dome and wait patiently for germination. If you are using the cell packs there is one short step left. Once all your seeds have been placed you “top dress” the cells with soil. Sprinkle soil in each cell that fills it to about the 90% full mark. Mist with water, place under growing dome and patiently wait for germination.
Happy Gardening Everyone!