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Tillandsia ionantha
Also known as: Sky plant
Air plant (Tillandsia ionantha) is a plant species native to Central America, Mexico, Costa Rica, and South America. The air plant has become naturalized in Florida. This species is a popularly sought-after air plant for home cultivation. It is popular because it is considered hearty and requires minimal care. Air plant grows best in warm, humid rooms with occasional misting with water.
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How Air plant Drinks in the Wild?
In their natural habitat, Air plant takes in moisture through the humid air. They are low-maintenance houseplants, but you’ll need to water them in a way that reflects how they grow in the wild.
You won’t keep these plants in traditional flower pots. In fact, they do better in rocky soil and will even thrive if you affix them to the side of something. Some people place Air plant in coconut shells, large seashells, or even wireframes.
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How to Water Air plant?
Air plant takes water directly through the skin of their leaves. In the wild, as temperatures go down at night, water condenses on the leaves and is absorbed through pores.
As a houseplant, you can mimic that by misting water directly onto Air plant’s leaves. Don't over spray, because you need to be careful not to let water in the center of the leaves, it's best if the mist doesn't accumulate but is evenly distributed. Water accumulation in the center of the leaves for more than 2-3 days will easily foster the growth of bacteria, microorganisms and suffocate leaves. The ideal time to do this is at night because that is part of the plant’s natural cycle. If you can, use unchlorinated water. Too much chlorine can cause the tips of the Air plant’s leaves to turn brown. Rainwater is the best, but if you cannot collect rainwater, you can also use stream or lake water. Air plant gets many nutrients directly from water, so it is best to give it water with lots of minerals and nutrients, distilled water would not be recommended for long term use.
If you don't like to spray it often, you can also water it by soaking the plant. Allowing the plant to soak for about 30 minutes - 1 hour at a time will satisfy its water needs. Since soaking inevitably causes water to accumulate in the center of the leaves, it is important to dry the Air plant after it has been fully soaked. It is important to place the Air plant on its side or upside down on a paper towel or dry dish towel to allow them to dry completely, which takes about 2 hours. After drying, put the Air plant back in place. More frequent soaking is needed in the summer when the temperature rises or when the plant is in a very dry location.
One more thing to note is that with Air plant, you need to pay extra attention to the water temperature and try to keep the water temperature between 60- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. If the water temperature is not suitable, you should leave the water in the room for a while before watering the plant.

You’ll know it’s time to water the plant when it appears wrinkled or the leaves roll and remain loose. In severe cases, the leaf tips may also dry out and turn brown. Air plant that is underwatered will appear droopy rather than sharp. However, it can be revived by continuous spraying or soaking. However, once the leaf tips dry out and turn brown, they cannot recover, so it will be very important to set up an appropriate watering schedule.

Aside from the potting medium which is covered above, there are other environmental conditions that will factor into your watering schedule. Remembering that these plants love humidity and warmth, you may need to water more often if you live in a dry climate or if you are using air conditioning that reduces humidity in the indoor air.

Warmer temperatures in spring and summer call for more water, and vice versa when temperatures drop. High humidity is great for Air plant and also reduces the need for frequent watering. Try a humidifier or a pebble tray to increase ambient humidity around your Air plant. Lots of air circulating in the room is good for Air plant, but also increases the evaporation rate meaning you may need to water more often.
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How Often Should I Water Air plant?
On average, expect to mist the plant three or four times a week. If you live somewhere the air is especially dry or if your plant is in great need of water, you need to water it more frequently.
It is recommended that to soak the Air plant in a bowl of water for 30 minutes to 1 hour every 1-2 weeks. More people will choose to soak once a week in the spring and fall, while more frequently in the summer and less frequently in the winter. There will be differences depending on your city climate, but overall it doesn't deviate very much. They are easy to keep, and after a few weeks you will be able to learn their care needs and establish your own watering schedule.
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What Should I Do If Air plant Is Overwatered?
Overwatering can create serious issues for Air plant because their stem or leaf are prone to rotting. Unlike other plants, overwatering of the Air plant is mainly waterlogged in the center of the leaves. Trapped water can suffocate leaves, and provide space for microorganisms to breed. In fact, overwatering is the leading cause of death for Air plant kept as houseplants. And Air plant maintained outdoors will be less likely to suffer from overwatering, as good ventilation will make it easier to keep the Air plant healthy.

The symptoms of an overwatered Air plant are that the base will turn dark and the roots will get mushy. Leaves will turn yellow and start to fall out.

If your Air plant is showing signs of overwatering, remove the dead and dying parts and thoroughly dry the plant. Place it on top of something dry where there is good air circulation. A fan might help if your plant isn’t too small. Once the rot spreads, the Air plant will gradually die.
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What Should I Do If Air plant Is Underwatered?
You’ll know it’s time to water the plant when it appears wrinkled or the leaves roll and remain loose. In severe cases, the leaf tips may also dry out and turn brown. Air plant which is underwatered will appear droopy rather than sharp. However, it can be revived by continuous spraying or soaking. However, once the leaf tips dry out and turn brown, they cannot recover, so it will be very important to set up an appropriate watering schedule.
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