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How humid for air plants?

How humid do air plants like their surroundings?
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my house is super dry and i spritz them when i remember (about once a month) and they aren't dead after 2 years of this. haha poor things. i forget i have them. i think they like it slightly more than that

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I imagine it depends on the specific type. Some types of air plants come from pretty arid climates, and others from really humid tropical rainforests...

If you can identify the specific species (or even genera), that might help as to finding out more specific needs and such.

I've heard before that ones from humid areas tend to have smooth, glossy type leaves, and ones from more arid areas fuzzier type leaves, for what thats worth. I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions, but it might help if you can't find anything better...
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they where "assorted airplants"" they seem more tropical . smother leafs and bright colors
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You might have some luck if you spend time googling some pictures of Tillandsia, a genus of plants that are often called 'air plants'. There are smooth, green, fuzzy, grey and colors in between, especially if they are getting ready to bloom.
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Ought to check out this thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=270722

W/ my tillandsia in the past, I've just dunked them for an hour or two, sometimes overnight once a week, then put em back in their homes. They've done well for me like that, but I always lose them when I forget to do this for too long. Always


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Are you keeping your Tillandsia indoors or outdoors? Humidity concerns usually come into play if your plant/plants stay damp or wet for long periods of time. Important for Tillandsia to dry out... if the plant is wet and humidity is constantly high, they really don't have a chance to thoroughly dry. This will usually compromise the Tillandsia's health (prone to rot and other disease issues). Like others have mentioned above, certain species tolerate higher humidity better than others.

If growing indoors, I have found humidity to be on the bottom of my 'concerns' list, regardless of species. Top of the list is: good lighting, air circulation, and good watering routines. Many people that grow Tillandsia indoors often have problems ~ their plants 'exist' but never really grow or prosper to their full potential (slow, little to no growth, and no flowering or reproduction). Most of those problems stem from not providing enough light, or water, and/or a combination of both.

This is a photo of a few Tilles mounted on my bedroom wall, far away from a window. Humidity in the room fluctuates all year round ~ from very dry to very humid (especially during thunderstorms and hurricane seasons). The plants are provided with a steady duration of light and watered on a regular schedule, along with having ample air circulation.
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So you can't keep them in the bathroom and let the shower water them?

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Give 'em' what they need and any room will do
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