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Care Instructions



If you keep your air plants indoors, they will be healthiest when spraying them with water approx twice per week. Plants that are constantly being dried out from A/C or heaters will require more moisture than a plant that is located in a more humid environment.

You can also soak your plants. This can be done by placing them upside down in a cup of water for approx 2 hours. Try to avoid soaking their feet (roots or base). Take care to gently shake any excess water off the base of the plants, as sitting water can cause rot and damage/kill the plant. It is recommended that you water your plants in the morning, and leave them out of their containers in an area that they can dry within 4 hours. Never let your air plant sit in water for prolonged periods of time or let their base sit on a wet surface for long period (e.g. in wet sand).

Remember that each plant variety is different and will require different watering schedules than others. Never put your air plants in soil; the moisture from the soil will harm them!


One of the most important things any living creature needs is light and air plants are no exception. If you are keeping your plants indoors, you will want to make sure that they are near an adequate light source. Choose a location that receives plenty of indirect light, preferably from a window facing east or west, so it receives a nice burst of morning sun or late afternoon sun, when the rays are less intense. Remember too much sun or a direct blast of midday sun can burn them. If you are keeping your plants outside, make sure they are in a shaded area, that does not receive all day full sun. There are only a few varieties that can handle direct sun.


If you are planning on keeping your air plants in a terrarium or globe, you will need to remove the plant for normal watering and make sure to leave the plant out until it has had enough time to completely dry. Usually 4 hours will do. When the Tillandsia is in the terrarium or globe, you can give it a periodic misting to create some humidity. The smaller and more compact the globe, the less misting you will want to give your plants. If the terrarium is larger and has better air circulation, you can give it a few sprays from a water mister a few times a week. Just make sure to take care in ensuring the plant does not get over misted and that it dries within a few hours while in the terrarium.

Choose a location for your terrarium that receives plenty of indirect light.  Keep in mind that glass is reflective and will bounce back the light onto the plant.

A common sign that your air plant is receiving insufficient light is discolorisation of the leaves.  They might appear healthy for months adn then one day just fall apart.  If a plant does not receive enough light, it's ability to photosynthesis will stop.


Another important variable that is important to your air plant is, you guessed it, Air. The plants will need good clean air circulation to survive and live a healthy life. It is important that after watering the plants they have enough air circulation to dry within 4 hours. While air plants will do well in containers, it is recommended that they do not be displayed in enclosed/airtight containers and that they are completely dry before they are put back into a container that might restrict air circulation.

Air conditioning is not natural air flow and can tend to dry your plant out if it is placed in direct access to the air conditioner.

Jelly Fish Sea Urchins:

If you have purchased one of our amazing sea urchin designs, you will want to make sure to remove the air plant from the sea urchin when soaking. Leave the plant out from the sea urchin for a few hours, until the plant is completely dry. You will damage the plant if you return it to the sea urchin while still wet, as the base of the plant will be covered and will eventually rot. Feel free to mist lightly while still in the sea urchin.

You will know if your Jelly Fish or Marcel the Shell is not receiving enough water as its leaves will start to curl up tightly. If this occurs, soak it for one hour twice that week.


Air plants are found in a wide variety of temperatures, but mainly range from 15-40 degrees celsius. If you live in an area with freezing conditions, make sure your plants are safe indoors. If you live in very humid conditions, your plant may need more water.


Bromeliad fertilizer can be used at 1/4 strength weekly during the Springtime if you feel necessary. You can also use orchid or any other indoor plant fertilizer that does not contain copper elements. Although fertilizer can assist with growth and encourage blooming, air plants can be sensitive to fertilizers so make sure not to overdo it.


Over time your air plants will grow new leaves and lose some. Feel free to trim any brown or dead leaves off your plant with scissors, trimming at an angle to give the end of the leaf a natural appearance after trimming.


As your air plant begins to mature and run through it's bloom cycle, it will produce babies, known as pups. You can either remove the pup once it reaches around 1/3 of the size of the mother plant, or you can leave the pups and it will eventually form a clump. 

The three main things to be aware of when you are taking care of your air plants are;

  • Water

  • Air

  • Light

Depending on your environment, you will need to adjust these variables to ensure you have a healthy plant. Pay attention to the condition of your plant, as it will tell you whether it needs more water, less light, etc. Over time taking care of your air plants will become second nature and you will have many years of enjoyment with these beautiful and unique plants.


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