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Frequently Asked Questions.
1. Find a good location for them — well ventilated, brightly lit area, either shaded outdoors (like a balcony) or near a large window. Do not put them under direct sunlight.
2. Water them at least once a week if indoors, more often if the location is brighter (to a max of 4 times a week).
3. Make sure they completely dry up within 3-4 hours of watering.
Please see the Basic Tillandsia Care in the DIY for more information and advanced tips!
Yes, these plants will grow, flower and even multiply if given enough light.
Please see the Basic Tillandsia Care in the DIY for more information and advanced tips.
Maintenance (as opposite to daily care) – all air-plants grow new leaves from their center and older leaves will be the lowest and outermost. These older leaves will eventually turn brown, starting from the tips. When the entire leaf turns brown, it will naturally fall off.
While this is happening, the leaves may look unsightly and you may want to trim it by cutting off the brown portion in a diagonal cut (along the edge of the leaves) with a pair of sharp scissors. Dead or broken leaves can be pulled off entirely by gripping the base of the plant with one hand and firmly tugging on the leaf with the other.
Some species will be more suited for indoors than others. If in doubt, you can always ask me.
For the DIY boxes, I can also choose plants more suited to the proposed environment.
Note that the less light there is, the less frequent you should water them too.
Generally bright indirect light. In measured terms, air-plants need minimum 200 foot-candles of light to survive, and 400 FC of light to grow.
In commercial nurseries they get 3000 – 7000 FC.
Human eyes adjust to ambient light so our perception is not a good judge of the amount of light. To measure the light objectively you will need a light meter (most accurate) or a phone app (less accurate).
For iPhone, I use the Light Meter app on outdoor setting to measure the light in foot-candles (FC)
Water requirements will depend entirely on the amount of light the plants receive. The more light they receive, the more water they will need. If the plants receive only 200 FC a day, it will be counterproductive to water more than once a week as the plant will be unable to use the water and the excess may lead to rot.
Air-plants do not need fertilizer per se but some growers use diluted bromeliad fertilzer to speed up growth and encourage blooming. As part of a display piece this may not be the biggest priority. Rest assured that air-plants will grow happily without fertilizers as long as the three conditions of light, water and air circulation are present.
No, however you may purchase additional common air-plants and add-on driftwood with a DIY Kit purchase.
As my pieces are One-of-a-Kind, the pieces are moving all the time, so the most current list will be the ‘One-of-a-Kind’ section on the website.
My instagram account will not be a good gauge of available pieces.
For One-of-a-Kind pieces, the shipping option will be next-day courier, which will have option of late morning, afternoon or evening delivery subject to slot availability.
The DIY Kits will be on second day delivery (unfortunately there are no timings available). Also, please note that there are no deliveries on Sunday and PHs.
The pieces will be packed appropriately in boxes with some recycled packing material, usually newspaper, to keep them from moving around and getting damaged. For this type of packaging, please take care when lifting out the piece and make sure you grasp it by the base or the lowest rock.
It may be easier to cut open the box rather than to risk taking out the piece from the box.
The recommendations to submerge air-plants come from hobbyists who reside in the US and Europe where the temperature and more importantly the humidity is vastly different from Singapore.
From my personal experience, submerging is not necessary, rather, spraying thoroughly as prescribed is more than enough to hydrate air-plants. I submerge each plant that leaves my garden before assembly or placement in the DIY Kit, not for hydration but to get rid of any possible insects.
Please use only the E6000 glue which is plant safe. You may also use a glue gun if available, however the glue gun will not be waterproof and will not last as long as E6000. DO NOT use superglue or any other type of glue as superglue actually kills many type of air-plants.