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Posted 1w ago by @UnbiasedTree

Help! What happened to my air plant?
Went to soak all my air plants in water and a teeny amount of orchid fertilizer for the first time just now (I've only ever misted them before because they don't get a ton of light), and noticed that this one looked like this. Any idea what happened? Not enough light and overwater? Underwatered? Can it be saved?
1ft to light, indirect
2” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
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How often were you misting them? Every day would be too much. Plus the moisture that made its way into the heart of plant wouldn’t be able to dry and cause this issue. Try letting it dry off completely and wait a few days and then soak again for no more than 5 minutes. (I would buy airplant fertilizer.) I found soaking to be best for them but you need to turn them upside down and even shake them LIGHTLY to get all of the moisture out of the crown of the plant. Letting it dry upside down in bright filtered light for several hours should help. If those leaves are mushy remove them. They won’t come back. Good luck! ❀️
Is it crispy or mushy?
I think mushy unfortunately πŸ˜– hard to tell since I didn't notice it until it soaked and the brown color came through more vividly, but when I delicately pinch it it feels thinner and more hollow than the other ones. The center looks like this
Thanks so much! Unfortunately if I try and take leaves off now (at least while it's wet) the whole plant will break apart. I guess that's a sign that it's probably unsalvageable πŸ˜” I'll wait for it to completely dry and then see what I can do about it.

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