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With my busy schedule, I don’t have much time for nurturing plants in my home. However, I still want to enjoy the natural beauty and cleaner air plants provide. Here’s a list of the 12 air plants I’ve found easiest to care for.
Air plants have a character for being simple to care for, and they are provided you follow their instructions. The first rule of air plants is that they cannot survive only on air. They require a lot of water. They will drown if you feed them too much water.
Read on to find out why air plants work for me, what I like best about each plant, and how to care for them.
This was the first plant I got when researching air plants. Ionanthas are a great starting plant as they are inexpensive and usually only cost a few dollars. Ionanthas can absorb water from the air and form new plants quickly.
The fuchsii has skinny, soft leaves that fan out from a small pineapple-looking base. The wispy leaves give a different look from the ionantha and make a great compliment. The fuchsia needs me to water it a bit more – misting about four times a week has worked well for me.
The fuchsii also needs to avoid direct sunlight a bit more than the ionantha, but other than that, it takes care of itself. The spidery leaves are a great accent and a place to rest my eyes.
The aeranthos is another of the most common air plants and one I was already familiar with. The aeranthos is naturally resilient and has solid and rigid leaves. One of the best features of the amaranthus is that it will eventually bloom into a beautiful flower.
Much like the ionantha, the aeranthos need little attention, and misting twice a week is usually perfect. The aeranthos works great as a center for other tillandsia plants due to its bold green leaves, clearly defined shape, and bright flower.
This air plant is also quite robust and self-sufficient – ideally suited for people who don’t have much time, like me. The juncifolia grows taller than the other plants on our list, with long wispy leaves that look somewhat like grass.
Misting twice a week is plenty for this plant, but the juncifolia is not bothered if I sometimes forget a misting. The juncifolia looks very different from most tillandsia plants, without the plump texture typical of the genus.
The struct is similar to the aeranthos, with stiff leaves and a blooming flower. The strict likes moving air, so it works well to place it near a window I occasionally open or a fan. Misting the Stricta once or twice a week seems plenty, so this hardy plant is excellent for adding greenery to my home without requiring much attention.
I’ve seen a wide variety of stricta plants with a good amount of leaf color and texture variation, all with one kind of plan,t.
Perhaps the easiest plant on this list, the tectorum, is only further down to encourage some variety. The tillandsia genus of plants generally is easy to care for due to their unique adaption, known as trichomes, which allow them to absorb nutrients and moisture from the air. Tectorums have the largest known trichomes, which means they virtually never need my attention at all.
I may mist the tectorum once every two weeks, but my tectorums can care for themselves without me. The most important thing I’ve found about tectorums is that paying attention to them is more likely to harm than help them. If the tectorum is given too much water or fertilizer, it will harm the plant.
The policy is to remain wholly hands-off and allow the plant to do what it does best.
The harrisii has a striking appearance, thanks to the silvery coloration of its leaves. The harrisii will eventually grow a flower with dark purple and bright red colorations. Misting the harrisii once or twice a week keeps it happy, and like most tillandsia, it enjoys indirect sunlight.
I particularly like placing my harrisii as ornaments on my bookshelves. The leaves are soft, and the harrisii grows to a moderate size of about 8 inches. When mounted in a shell, the harrisii looks particularly good, as the silvery leaves curl outwards.
The xerographic is a bit more expensive, often costing about ten dollars per plant. However, the distinctive look of this plant, with its inward curling leaves, makes it a great decorative item.
Xerographicas also grow and take up much space, eventually reaching a foot in diameter. However, the xerographic is easy to care for and only needs misting once or twice weekly to flourish. The xerographic is a self-contained ornamental ball – a piece of living art.
The funkiana is one of the most unique-looking tillandsia plants. Its needle-like leaves are soft and grow continually upward. Many of these plants curl and twist oddly, leaving them to plant with a distinctive, vaguely centipede-like appearance.
The funkiana features a bright red flower when it blooms. This plant only needs me to mist it about twice a week and is quite robust. The funkiana goes best in an area where it can coil around something to provide a fascinating ambiance.
The bulbousa plant is another tillandsia with a distinct look. As the name suggests, the bulbosa seems to grow out from a central bulb with long thin leaves which weave in and out of each other, somewhat like antlers. The bulbosa is flexible and only needs a misting about twice a week.
Each plant will look distinctive as its tendrils fan out in exciting ways. It is worth noting that I keep my bulbosa plants inside because their hollow bulbs serve as attractive homes for ants if the plants are left outside.
The caput-medusae is easy to care for and can handle more sunlight than other varieties of tillandsia. The caput-medusae gets its name from its appearance, which depending on the observer, may be described as octopus-like or like the medusae from Greek mythology.
One of the exciting features I’ve noticed about the caput-medusae is that it doesn’t care whether it is lying upright, horizontally, or upside down. These little plants will grow in whatever direction I place them. Misting the caput-medusae once a week is about all the care it needs.
The result is a plant with an other-worldly appearance, which is excellent in areas where I want some science fiction vibes.
The last plant on my list needs a bit more care than the various members of the Tillandsia family, but it is still reasonably hands-off. Its beautiful flowers make up for the few seconds of care it needs each day. The guarantee skinner can be grown on a piece of cork or placed in a small container filled with cork and charcoal.
This plant requires a misting daily, making it the only air plant I must pay attention to as part of my regular schedule. However, when they guarantee skinnier blooms, the lovely purplish flowers create a display that lasts for months and fills my apartment with a wonderful fragrance.
Why Air Plants Are Easy
“Air plants” are plants that do not require soil to grow. Instead, they absorb all the nutrients they need from the air. This means no pots, no soil, and typically no need to fertilize. Most air plants can store moisture for long periods, so once they are set up, I can ignore the plants, and they will thrive independently.
These qualities mean I can still enjoy living things sharing my space and the improved air quality from plants without investing much time and energy.
All I needed to do was place them in a place with plenty of indirect sunlight and spray them with a mister about twice a week. In return, I enjoy the lush, plump greenery of the ionantha year-round.
FAQs on 12 Air Plants Easy to Take Care of
Do air plants get bigger?
As they get bigger, they grow a little faster after the first few years. While seed-grown plants develop significantly slower than offset-grown plants, they tend to be larger and better specimens. Be patient when a little air plant might take years to grow and bloom.
How long can air plants go without water?
Mesic air plants can survive for up to two weeks without being watered. Remember that the plant will survive but not thrive in most cases. Watering is required regularly for the majority of air plants.
Do air plants need food?
Air plants do not require fertilization, but they do benefit from it. Air plants only bloom once in their lives and produce “pups,” or little offsets, from the mother plant after that.
Conclusion on 12 air plants easy to take care of
The ease with which air plants are added to my home is remarkable. It’s easy to get into a routine of simply misting my plants once or twice a week after getting home from work. I’ve found that my Wednesday and Saturday routine hardly takes any time and is a simple task to complete.
The only exceptions to this treatment are my guaranteed skinnier and my tectorums, which need more and less attention. The easiest way to keep their routines separate is to place them in different rooms from my other plants.
I keep my guarantee skinnier near their water source in the kitchen, so it serves as a reminder to mist them daily.
My tectorums, on the other hand, are kept in my bedroom because since they need virtually no attention, it’s nice to relax without feeling like I need to get back up to complete a task.
Air plants are a great way to keep my living quarters from feeling too sterile. I haven’t explored many more varieties and hybrids of the Tillandsia family, and I’m eager to keep adding them to my collection of plants. I appreciate adding natural beauty to my apartment without the disappointing feeling of watching it die due to neglect.
Seeing the foliage of air plants gives me joy while taking very little of my time. Air plants are the easiest part of my life.
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