Air Plant Care.
How do I care for my new Air plant?
Watering Air plants is a little more critical than outdoor plants, because one generally cannot use a hose so the watering has to be more precise.The most common mistake,unintentional though it may be,is to under water them. Misting the plants can be sufficient,but it can also be over-sufficient.The plants can look dry but actually remain moist in the crucial centre area, in the meristematic tissue where new cells are produced.If this remains too moist for too long the plant may rot.Likewise,one can mist the plants regularly but,in the end, it isn’t enough to prevent a gradual dehydration that normally manifests itself with the edges of the leaves curling up and “pinching.”
The most secure way to water the plants indoors is to submerge them for a twelve hour period in “good” water, that is,water that is low in dissolved solids and salts. Rain water and bottled drinking water are the best.When the plants are under water for this length of time they have enough water availability for a long enough period of time to completely rehydrate.A soaking in this manner should suffice for ten days to two weeks in average conditions.
If a mounting item is too big to submerge,attaching a velcro dot to the plant and the mounting item allows the plant to be easily removed so that it can be rehydrated.Finally,if this just isn’t practical or possible,mist the plants with “good” water and try to monitor the state of hydration as best you can.Once you have the right system down that works in your given situation,watering is a breeze.
One last note; if the plants are soaked,you can put water in a container that has a lid to prevent evaporation.This water can then be used over and over for your soakings.A few drops of baby bio fertilizer in the water helps as well and it lasts indefinitely.Shake or jostle the container prior to putting the plants in, in order to remix the fertilizer evenly throughout the water.Also, as the water gets used, more can be added to keep the container full enough to submerge the plants complete
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