Air plants are excellent house plants! There’s no doubt about that. Not only do these attractive flowering plants provide a much-needed lift in indoor air quality, they also do not require a lot of maintenance. They can thrive wherever you place them and can even be placed inside soil-less terrarium cages or hanging planters as decorative uptakes to a living room. When leaves start to shrivel or a plant turns a bit brownish and limp, learning how to revive an air plant may be foremost on your mind.
Indoor gardening newbies may think of air plants as invincible, but they are not. When you don’t water them enough or not expose them to enough light (whether artificial or natural), those lovely tillandsias will eventually wither to oblivion. Don’t lost hope though. With this quick guide, you can easily breathe new life to your air plants and bring more joy to your indoor haven.
What You’ll Need:
- Container (choose that will fit the air plant)
- Small rock
- Paper towels
- Pruning shears
- Liquid fertilizer
Air Plant Revival Guide
1. Place tap water into the container. See to it that it’s enough for the air plant to be submerged but not too much to overflow from the container. To get rid of chlorine in water, allow it to stabilize overnight before soaking the air plant in. Choose a container which has a wide mouth so the plant won’t feel cramped when placed inside. For small tillandsias, a glass bowl is best.
2. Place the air plant gently into the container. Make sure it is fully submerged. Using a string, tie down your air plant to a rock to keep it submerged overnight. Do make sure that it’s not hurting the tillandsia though. Tie it just enough and without causing a cut to the base. Or you may want to simply press added weight on top.
3. Place the container with the tillandsia in an area that hogs bright yet indirect sunlight. See to it that the room temperature doesn’t drop from 65-deg F. Container must also be placed on an even surface to make sure the plant go undisturbed as it soak itself with nutrients from water and sunlight. It will need as much of these two elements to be revived.
4. Remove the air plant after 12 hours. Shake off excess water by swinging it gently. You don’t want to whisk it like some squiggly octopus or you may lose most of its leaves. Wipe it with a clean cloth.
5. Place it on top of a paper towel and allow to air dry for a couple of minutes. See to it that when you bring the air plant back to its container, the leaves are already perking up. New tiny roots may also be evident at this time.
6. Observe for a couple of days and if it still continues to shrivel or turn brown, do the soaking method again. Do make sure to cut off the limp, shriveled leaves via a pruning shears. Look also for any signs of infection or disease.
7. Take time to spritz your tillandsia with natural/organic liquid fertilizer. Arm with a spritzer bottle, you can pour in some of this Liquid Love All Purpose Natural Plant Food to supplement plant growth and vitality. Results is usually visible in a matter of two to 3 days.
Learning how to revive an air plant should be a worst-comes-to-worst option to indoor gardening enthusiasts like you. To ensure that your lovely tillandsias will not suffer the ill fate of wilting and withering, giving it a weekly soak during summers and every 3 weeks or so every winter will ensure its healthy growth. Spritz water with liquid fertilizer every now and then, too. Feel free to use rainwater, too, as they deliver more nutrients to plants than plain water.