Low maintenance and needing little space to thrive, air plants are perfect for those short on space and low on time. Tipped as one of our 2018 trends, we caught up with Jacqui, the owner of Reste shop in Hastings, to understand the abundant health benefits of these airborne plants and to gather her top tips to help your air plants thrive.
The benefits of air plants
Air plants are epiphytes which means they grow without soil and absorb nutrients through their leaves unlike other plants that get nutrients through their roots. All the nutrients that air plants need are captured from the air and water so they make perfect house plants. If taken care of properly, air plants will live on for years.
Air plants improve the quality of air as they reduce carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and remove chemical pollutants while adding oxygen back to help you breathe better.
You can put them wherever you want since they don’t need any soil. They can fit in tiny spaces, and be placed in just about anything you can think of. You can tuck them into crevices of driftwood, into shells, wire baskets or hang them in aeriums (a special kind of terrarium especially for air plants).
How to care for your air plants
1. Air plants need bright, indirect light to thrive.
2. The hotter or dryer the air, the more your air plants will need watering. Once a week mist your plants thoroughly, so that the entire surface is moistened. You can also soak your air plants in a basin of water of tap water or, even better, a bowl of room temperature rain water. After soaking, place on a paper towel to dry. Air plants will quickly rot if they are allowed to stand in excess water.
3. A sunny bathroom makes a happy home for an air plant because the humidity from your shower will take care of most plant misting for you.
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