Tillandsia Air Plant Care Guide
When you first get your air plant, soak it in water for 20-30 minutes and note how happy it looks. Anytime in future when your plant doesn't look so happy, take it out of its container, soak it for 30-60 minutes, shake it gently and allow it to almost completely dry before placing it back.
If you are placing your plant in a globe, make sure it is fairly dry before doing so. The bigger the globe, the more care you can give your plant.
In Hong Kong's humid climate, these air plants can do well with some water misting and the occasional bath. Remember to use filtered water, bottled water or tap water that has been left out long enough for the chlorine to dissipate. Don't use distilled water or soft water.
During the summer, use a soaking mist once or twice a week to keep it nice and hydrated, and about once a month in cooler weather.
As tillandsias survive in the tropics, they will thrive under bright, filtered light. Don't put them directly under the sun as they can be scorched and the extent of the damage can be magnified by their glass container. Extreme conditions are not ideal.
During the winter time, the air may become drier. At the very least you will need to submerge your tillandsia plant in water for 2-3 hours every two weeks. Refer back to your initial picture of how happy the plant is, and treat it accordingly.
Although the tillandsia plant doesn't require soil, you can still fertilize it to keep the leaves nice and plump. Simply add a pinch of Bromeliad or Orchid fertilizer to your mister before misting the plant thoroughly.