What’s the best way to water your air plants? Should you soak, spray, or mist? As the temperature warms up, proper hydration is key for your plants.
One of the best ways to water your air plant is to submerge in water for several hours every 7-10 days. This allows your air plant to get a big drink of water.
• Make sure your airplants fully dry within 4 hours of watering. Air circulation and a light shake will ensure your plants dry completely and prevent the dreaded rot.
• Best to use room temperature water.
• If you’re concerned about chlorine in your water, you can leave the water sitting out for 15 minutes to allow the chlorine to evaporate.
• Don’t leave your plants sitting in water longer than 12 hours.
• Never use distilled water!
Most of our plants live outside in our nursery, so we spray the plants with a hose and water nozzle. This mimics rain in an air plant’s natural environment, so this works effectively since the plants can air dry and the water can drip off. Make sure the plants aren’t left sitting in water and there’s proper airflow to dry out.
Misting seems to be a popular watering method with a lot of water misters being sold out there (you can see our misters in action at the Airplantman studio below). However, this doesn’t have much effect on hydrating plants since the water can quickly evaporate before the plant even absorbs the water. While raising humidity helps reduce water loss, you’re better off spraying or soaking your air plants to help quench their thirst.