HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TILLANDSIA
AIR PLANTS
EASY CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
LIGHT - Bright, but filtered.  Grow in the house within 6 feet of a bright window or outside under a tree of patio cover.  No direct sun in summer, late
spring or early fall.
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WATER - Thoroughly wet your Tillandsia 2 - 3 times per week, more often in a hot, dry environment, less often in a cool, humid one.  Plants should be
given enough light and air circulation to dry in no longer than 4 hours after watering.  

TEMPERATURE - 45 - 95F

FERTILIZE - Monthy during spring, summer and fall, using any high quality non-urea fertilizer at 1/4 the recommended strength.


COMPREHENSIVE CARE INFORMATION
            
           The most important factors in Tillandsia care are: Light, Water, and Air Circulation


LIGHT
Lighting for Tillandsias should be bright but filtered (April - October). They should not be left in the direct sun in the summer months (this will cause the plant to become
sunburned ). Tillandsias love direct sun (November - March). Tillandsias may be grown in the house directly in front of a window. Fresh moving air is advisable, but
remember, the most important care need is bright filtered light. The thicker or stiffer the leaves and the more gray or white their color, the more light the plants need.
Light-colored white to gray thick leaved plants grow in full sun in their native habitats and can often tolerate full sun in humid areas outside of their native areas.  However,
to be on the safe side, it is recommended that even these types of airplants be grown in light shade....between 4000 - 7000 footcandles of light is best.  The green to light
green airplants with softer thinner leaves are adapted to growing in shady conditions and do best in 2000 - 4000 footcandles of light.  BEWARE: Trees, overhangs and
window tinting can rob your plants of needed light. Place plants no further away than 3 feet in front of a bright window.

ARTIFICIAL LIGHT
Full spectrum artificial light (fluorescent) is best. Plant should be no further than 36" from the fluorescent tubes and can be as close as 6". A four-tube 48" fixture works
well. Bulbs can be any full spectrum type Gro-Lux, Repta-Sun, Vita-Lite, etc. Light should be set with a timer, 12 hours per day.

WATER
The recommended method of watering is by drenching so the plants end up thoroughly wet(to point of runoff).  For indoor plants, you can do this in your kitchen sink and
use a watering can or your sink hose sprayer....it only takes a few seconds to get the plants thoroughly wet.  The frequency depends on temperature, humidity, plant
specie(some species prefer less water), plant size, and air circulation.  For most indoor and outdoor situations, watering 2 - 3 times per week is sufficient.  If conditions are
hot and dry, water more often, if cool and humid, less often.  Plants should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in no longer than 4 hours after watering.  If air
circulation is not good, you can use an electric fan.  Spray misting is insufficient as the sole means of watering even if done daily but may be beneficial between regular
waterings in dry climates to increase the humidity.  To check for dryness, look at the leaf bases in the central part of the plant.  Plants may look dry, but moisture may be
present in the central meristematic area....if this area remains too wet for too long, rot may develop.  

An alternative watering method is soaking.  Soaking is recommended if plants become severely dehydrated, indicated by limp, wrinkled, or curled leaf edges.  If symtoms
indicate dehydration, drenching usually won`t bring the plants out of the dehydrated state, so the plants should be
submerged in water for up to 12 hours.  Soaking every 10 days to two weeks will keep plants happy and meet their water needs.  After watering, plants with thick fleshy
leaves that tend to trap water in their centers should be turned upside down  and gently shaken to remove
trapped water.

Water quality is not important for most tillandsias so you may use tap water, rain water, or bottled drinking water.  Don`t use distilled water.  IF THE PLANT IS IN A SHELL,
be sure to EMPTY THE WATER out. Tillandsias will not survive in standing water.

AIR CIRCULATION
Following each watering, Tillandsias should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in 4 hours or less. Do not keep plants constantly wet or moist. If plants are
allowed to stay wet for too long, fatal rot can develop.

TEMPERATURE                                                                                                                    
Optimum temperature range for tillandsias is 50 - 90 degrees F, but they can tolerate temps from freezing to above 100F. . Do not expose to freezing temps.

FERTILIZER
Use Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) twice a month. It is GREAT for blooming and reproduction! Other water-soluble fertilizers can be used at 1/4 strength (Rapid Grow,
Miracle-Grow, etc.) if Bromeliad fertilizer is not available.  Don`t fertilize newly received plants for at least 3 weeks.

TILLANDSIAS IN VIVARIUMS AND OTHER ANIMAL ENCLOSURES
Enclosures must have at least one side of screen mesh. Full spectrum fluorescent lighting is Ideal full spectrum incandescent lighting will be sufficient when care is taken
to avoid placing heat producing bulbs too close to plants The higher the wattage, the more distance should be used to avoid burning or heat-damage to plants. Good air
circulation and proper watering schedule must be maintained.

MOUNTING TILLANDSIAS
Mount plants on almost anything, - Driftwood, manzanita, seashells, coral, lava rock, crystals using a non - water soluble glue such as "Liquid Nail",  E-6000 craft glue, or
just silicon caulk. #1 ) Set plants on the prospective mount. If you like the arrangement, proceed. #2) Place glue on mount, #3) Place plants onto glued area. Larger plants
may be supported with fishing line until glue dries. #4) Cover glue with sawdust or sand to camouflage.

Detailed care instrctions are included with your order.  Questions? .....email us at
john@airplants4u.com         

HOW TO GROW TILLANDSIAS FROM SEED.....CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:  
 http://www.fcbs.org/articles/Dimmitt.htm
Air plants are the common name for Tillandsias , a type of Bromeliad that grows on rocks, trees shrubs
Unlike other plants, the roots of tillandsias are not used for absorbing water and nutrients but serve Air
plants are the common name for Tillandsias , a type of Bromeliad that grows on rocks, trees shrubs
only as anchors to attach to trees or rocks. Most belong the the genus Tillandsia.....there are over 650
etc without soil ...they receive all of their water and nutrients from the air through specialized leaves.
known species plus many hybrids.  Tillandsias grow in parts of the southern United States, Mexico,
Central America and South America on trees as epiphyes, and on rocks (saxicolously).  Tillandsias
make unique houseplants and can be used in vivariums, terrariums.  Tillandsias can also be grown
outside in certain locations and situations.
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