While most air plants are generally easy to maintain and care for, some still require more care than others. Below are 5 of the best air plants for easy care.
Best air plants for beginners with minimal care
- Tillandsia harrisii
- Tillandsia caput-medusae
- Tillandsia ionantha
- Tillandsia fuchsii
- Tillandsia tectorum
Tillandsia harrisii is a rosette shaped air plant that has soft and fuzzy silvery leaves. It doesn’t need very frequent watering, and will be fine if you forget to water it once or twice. That is great news for beginners and busy people. If you notice it’s not as fuzzy and seems dry, it means that your plant needs watering. What is more, t. harrisii loves bright light, so you can position it near a windowsill or window where it could get some bright unfiltered light in the morning and afternoon, and indirect light for the rest of the day. In winter or even in an office, use fluorescent lights .
Tillandsia caput-medusae is a bulbous air plant that has green curly leaves. It is very popular for its interesting snake-shaped leaves (it’s also called an octopus plant). With a good amount of light, this air plant develops some purple coloration on leaves.You can dunk the plant in water for 10 minutes in summer, once a week. Always make sure to shake off any excess water to prevent rotting of the plant. ( Our Etsy shop offers this plant for sale to add along with one of our planters) www.printhousedesign.com
Tillandsia ionantha is one of the most common air plants that are great for beginners and people with busy lifestyles. They are also popular due to their beautiful and vivid coloration and small to medium size. Tillandsia ionantha love lots of bright but filtered/indirect light. You can place it near a window, and make sure to provide very good ventilation.
These plants also love good misting, but not deep watering sessions. You can dunk the plant in water for 10 minutes and shake off excess once a week in summer. Or, you can solely stick to misting it 2-4 times a week. During colder periods of the year, only mist the plant, once-twice a week. Our Etsy shop offers these type as well www.printhousedesign.com
Tillandsia fuchsii is a tuft-like thin and grassy air plant that is cute and is rather easy to care for. It is also common and you can easily find it for sale. It’s medium in size and has beautiful dense silvery leaves. Tillandsia fuchsii loves bright but indirect light, so you can place it somewhere bright without direct sun. You will need to soak it 1-2 times a week in summer, and once a week during colder months of the year.
Tillandsia tectorum is a cute white fuzzy air plant that is very drought tolerant. Its leaves have a lot of trichomes for water absorption, thus its very fuzzy appearance.
Because tillandsia tectorum is a slow grower and drought-tolerant, it’s easy to care for. It doesn’t require deep watering, and misting the plant 3-5 times/week in summer and 2-3 times/week in spring, fall and winter is sufficient.
While most air plants are generally easy to maintain and care for, some still require more care than others. In this post, the 5 best air plants for beginners and busy people should help you off to a plant mom or dad start!