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Feb 3, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Hey everyone! I recently, about 1 month ago, purchased two airplants. I'm not sure what type they are but I will include pictures. One of my two lost many of its leaves (?) and possibly the bulb part that held it together. Will it survive? My other one is starting to turn brown and I want to help it. I water them by submerging them in water once a week for 30 minutes. The skinny one lost all of its leaves because it was brown all over and when I watered it they just rotted off. Am I overwatering, underwatering, or is it something else? Thanks! The second picture shows the "bulb" that fell off compared with the "bulb" still attached.
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Name: Steve Claggett
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Feb 4, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Over watering is may conclusion. I've had the same air plants for a year now, they are growing. I have them in those glass globes you see, I have pea gravel in the bottom. They are in a south facing window. I mist them twice a week and a 4 hour soak once a month. I use a air plant fertilizer when I soak.
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Name: Elaine
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Feb 4, 2017 12:46 PM CST
Misting is really all they need, and you could put a tiny amount of soluble fertilizer in the misting bottle maybe once a month. These plants are epiphytes and feed through their leaves. The roots pretty much function as anchoring mechanism only.

They also will die back after blooming, but usually they put up new "pups" before the mother plant dies off. It does look like maybe you had some blooms? So, I'd leave the original floret of leaves sitting on a bed of leaves or moss or pea gravel, let it dry out and see if it makes a pup or two before it dies completely. They like humidity but not having their bases sitting in moist medium.

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