Air Plant Care + Tips and Tricks!

Air Plant Care + Tips and Tricks!

Whether you're just starting your house plant collection or adding to it, air plants are a wonderful, super easy option.

Our resin skull planters are designed to not only be absolutely adorable, but also to make caring for your new air plant as simple as possible.

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When you first receive your skull air planter, make sure to take a moment to admire it and maybe give it a fitting name. Now it's time to give it its first bath!

Fill a sink or bowl with water large enough for the entire skull and plant to be submerged.

A skull planter with an air plaint sits submerged in a clear plastic bowl of water in a metal sink.

That's right! Because our skulls are solid resin, your can dunk the entire thing in the water and it will do just fine, easy peasy.

Go ahead and set your planter with the air plant in the water and let it soak for about 20 minutes. When the time is up, take out the planter and shake it gently to remove any excess water. Set in a spot with bright light and good air circulation to dry off.

A skull planter with an air plant sit on a towel to dry.

Your plant is now good to go for 1-2 weeks!

It's a common misconception that air plants can survive solely on air, but their name comes from not needing soil rather than not needing water.

Your plants should be watered by a 20 minute soak every 1-2 weeks. A longer, 2-hour soak is recommended every 2-3 weeks. If you are in a drier, hotter climate, more frequent watering or misting will be needed. You'll begin to notice that after watering, your plant's leaves will feel stiffer and full of water and they'll be softer and lighter in color when they're in need of water. Wrinkled or rolled leaves can be a sign of dehydration.

A skull planter with an air plaint sits submerged in a clear plastic bowl of water in a metal sink.

Quick Tip: Set a recurring alarm on your phone to go off once a week at a time you know you'll be near your plant to remind you that it's bath time!

Bright, indirect sunlight or fluorescent home/office lighting is preferred for air plants. Periods of direct sunlight are fine, but more than a few hours of hot sun will dry them out. If your plant will be kept in direct light, try misting them every couple of days to keep them hydrated.

As far as temperature goes, if it's comfy for you, it's comfy for them. A good range is 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit, 10-32 degrees Celsius.

Like most house plants, they can be taken outside on a porch or balcony when it's warm, just don't make them deal with temperature or sun extremes.

 Three skull planters with air plants sit in a row on the wooden railing of a front porch.

Eventually, with due love and care, your air plant will bloom! Air plants bloom only once in their lifetimes with beautiful colorful flowers. Once they bloom, they will start producing baby plants called "pups!"

The pups grow from the base of the original air plant and have a separate and distinct center of their own, distinguishing them from the other leaves.

A small air plant with a pup beginning to grow from its base rests in the palm of a hand. An arrow points to the pup.

It is perfectly fine to let them grow into clumps with the pups left on the parent plant. They'll begin to grow into and around each other, filling in nicely.

Or if you like, once the pup reaches at least 1/3 the size of the parent plant, it can be removed from the parent. Hold both the parent and the pup at their bases and gently twist in a downward motion to pull them apart.

 Three skull planters with air plants sit in a row on a white background facing different directions.

Now that you know how to care for your lovely new air plant, it's time for the hard part...

Deciding where best to display it! Enjoy!