How to care for your air plant terrarium?

Air plant terrariums make wonderful displays in any home or office. And the glass orb provides a nice little home for your plant as well! Since air plants are live plants, keep in mind that they do need to be watered from time to time.

Taking care of air plant terrariums is fun and easy

Your air plant terrarium will do well on a desk, by the windowsill, or just about anywhere indoor with bright, indirect light and good air circulation. Office fluorescent lighting is fine too if you don’t have natural sunlight nearby.

Air Plant Terrarium Tillandsia Caput Medusae

Teardrop Air Plant Terrarium with Tillandsia Caput Medusae

Step 1

When you water the plant, remove the plant from your terrarium and mist it thoroughly (outside the terrarium). Your air plant should be completely wet with water dripping from it by the time you’re done misting. This kind of heavy misting simulates a natural rainstorm in the forest.


Step 2

Gently shake off any excessive water and let your air plant dry out in somewhere with good air circulation. Your plant should completely dry within 4 hours of watering to prevent root rot.


Step 3

Place your air plant back in its terrarium after it has dried completely.


Remember not to send the air plant back to its terrarium home before it is completely dry.

We typically recommend misting your terrarium plants 2-3 times a week. You can also mist it more often if it’s a water-loving tillandsia. Sometimes you also want to water your plant more often if the indoor environment is too dry. Just remember to take your plant out and watering it outside the glass orb.

Misting a plant inside the terrarium can cause the plant to rot due to lack of air circulation and leave water marks on the glass orb that become hard to clean off.

Can I soak my terrarium air plant?

Of course! Misting, dipping, and soaking are all great methods to keep your air plant hydrated. And you can choose any method that works best for you or combine them to achieve the best result.

We typically recommend soaking your plant once a week for ~20 minutes each time.

With that said, you want to make sure your air plant would enjoy a bath. Most air plants are happy soaking in a bowl of water. But there are a few exceptions as well.

[Check out this list of 5 Air Plants You Should Avoid Soaking]

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