One of the questions that we get asked most is about how to water air plants. It is a common myth that air plants don’t need any water at all. True enough they are a forgiving ‘pet’ when you away on holiday for a few weeks, they can manage without, but like most things, water is an essential part of their care.
Think of your air plant as a ‘sponge’, (bath not cake!), this helps to understand the general watering guidelines. As airplants have no roots, the water goes in through the leaves and gets absorbed.
If your ‘sponge’ is quite plump and healthy looking, a light mist once or twice a week is all that is needed to keep it in good health. When your ‘sponge’ starts to feel a bit dry it needs more of a shower, maybe with a watering can, or run under the tap, or leave them out in the rain in summer. If your ‘sponge’ is hard and dry it definitely needs a bath! Give it a good soak, anywhere from half an hour to overnight.
But remember…always give your air plant a shake to remove excess water if you have given it a generous dose. Because, just like a wet sponge left lurking in the bathroom, too much water may result in a mouldy mess!