We get a lot of questions about how to fertilize air plants, including when to do it, how much, what kind of fertilizer to use. While fertilizer is not necessary for your air plants to survive, itdoes help them thrive and encourages growth, bloom cycle, and offset (pup) production.
We like to use a low-nitrogen bromeliad fertilizer. Low-nitrogen fertilizers are best for air plants because it helps encourage blooming and offset production in Tillandsia. It's also very important to use a non-urea-based nitrogen fertilizer, as this will provide nitrogen that is usable for Tillandsia. Urea based nitrogen uses bacteria in the soil to convert the nitrogen to usable form for plants, and because Tillandsia are not planted in soil, they are unable to process this type of nitrogen.
We make our own fertilizer that you can buy here.
Instructions for use of our Air Plant Food: Mist only once per month. Do not use in excess of once per month, or over-fertilization may occur. Air plant food is fertilizer and does not replace regular waterings or proper air plant care. Using more than once a month can cause the pants to suffer nitrogen burn and they will not survive.
Here are some tips on how to use fertilizer to help your Tillandsia thrive!
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