Air Plant Care
Thanks for picking up Tillandsia (AIR PLANTS) from Plant Mode. Here are some basic tips to keep your air plants nice and happy.
Lighting- Bright filtered light is the general rule, and the higher the humidity of the air the higher light will be tolerated.
Watering- Soak your air plant/plants a couple times a week during the dry winter months, and at least once a week during Spring-Fall. Soak them for at least 25-30 minutes. After soaking the plants, give them a couple hardy shakes to shake off excess water, then set them upside down to dry out a bit. If your space is extra dry I would recommend buying a spray bottle/mister and misting your air plants at least every other day. If you are keeping your air plant inside a glass globe of any kinda, you will want to make sure the plant is thoroughly dry before placing it back inside. RO water is ideal, Bottle water works nicely as well. Tap water is fine, but ideally you would leave the water out long enough for some of the chlorine to evaporate.
Fertilizing- Use water-soluble fertilizers, most of these can be used at 1/4 strength. If you can find a Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) that would rule, as it will promote blooming and reproduction. (Plant Mode is looking for a decent fertilizer to bring into the shop, will have something by spring for sure)
Pretty basic care for Marimo. They would like to have their water changed every 7-10 days. Pour out the old water, fill vessel with the new water (take out rocks, if you have them, at least once a month, and give them a gentle wash to remove any build up) Before you place the Marimo back into the water, give them a gentle squeeze (around the whole ball, not a pinch type of squeeze) then roll them between your hands or a few seconds, like you are making a ball our to putty. This rolling will help the Marimo keep their round shape. Tap water is fine, but try to let that water sit out for a few hours (like with gold fish water) so that some of the chlorine can evaporate. Filtered and bottled water are ideal, but not a must. Water temperature should be cool. If you notice that your water is warmish, move it further from heat source (window, vent, radiator) That's about it, have fun with your new trippy green friend.