Why Is My Jellyfish Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Tillandsia Plant

The jellyfish plant is such a lovely addition to any home or office and so easy to care for! So, if yours looks like it’s in trouble, you’re likely in distress.

Fortunately, this plant is not only easy to care for but also pretty easy to revive if it’s gone downhill. Just read on for some tips and tricks to rescue your tillandsia before it’s too late.

A Jellyfish Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Jellyfish Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

Like having a tiny bit of ocean life in your space, the jellyfish plant is a genuine treat. It dangles upside down in a little vessel that looks like a crustacean shell, so it truly looks like a little jellyfish suspended from the ceiling.

They look amazing in a collection of two or three plants, and as long as you provide a few basics, you can keep these sweet air plants in pretty much any room in your home or office.

Like any plant, they will help keep the air in their nearby environment fresh and clean, and because they’re such little survivors, they offer amazing feng shui energy in the form of encouragement, longevity, and resilience. Now, let’s make sure you keep yours alive.

Signs of a Dying Jellyfish Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying jellyfish plant are as follows:

  • Mushy leaves
  • Leaves falling apart
  • Brown tips on the leaves
  • Shriveled up leaves

Common Causes of a Dying Jellyfish Plant

The most common causes of a dying jellyfish plant include:

  • Too much direct sunlight
  • Too much water
  • Not enough air circulation

Watering Needs of a Jellyfish Plant

A common misconception about the air plant is that it only needs to be sprayed with water once or twice a week. Nothing could be further from the truth!

And it may be why so many little air plants are dying. They definitely need more water than that.

A good idea, in general, is to soak the air plant overnight as soon as you get it to help it acclimate to your environment. Then be sure you remove the jellyfish from its shell once a week and give it a full soak for an hour. Allow it to fully submerge.

Then hang it upside down and shake it gently a few times to ensure no water is trapped between the leaves.

To read more about watering your plant, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Jellyfish Plant?

You can tell your jellyfish plant is underwatered if the tips of the leaves are turning brown.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Jellyfish Plant

If you notice your jellyfish plant needs water, give it an overnight soak, and watch it perk right up.

Am I Overwatering My Jellyfish Plant?

An overwatered jellyfish will have mushy leaves, or the leaves will be falling apart.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Jellyfish Plant

If it has been overwatered, make sure the jellyfish is getting plenty of air circulation and that it gets enough bright, indirect sunlight.

Soil Needs of a Jellyfish Plant

Not only does the jellyfish plant require no soil, but it also should not be placed in moss, which absorbs moisture and may dry out the air plant.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Jellyfish Plant

You don’t need soil drainage advice here, but you do want to make sure you don’t place the jellyfish plant in an airtight container, which seems to be a trend going around the internet. Don’t do it!

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Jellyfish Plant

If you do notice your jellyfish plant drying out, be sure you don’t have it in soil or in moss. The goal is to place the plant on or in something it can grow on like cork, stone, or a rock – anything that won’t absorb or hold water.

Lighting Needs of a Jellyfish Plant

The jellyfish plant wants bright, indirect light that will ensure it gets all the nutrients it needs without burning the leaves.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Jellyfish Plant

Striking the right balance between dark and light can be tricky. If the leaves are browning, you may want to move it farther away from the window.

If the leaves are falling apart or looking dull, you may want to move it closer to the window. Another option is to move the air plant to another room, perhaps facing in another direction in your home or office.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Jellyfish Plant

While you don’t typically have to worry about fungus or disease, you do want to watch for mealy bugs, which can get stuck in the leaves and suck the sap. This pest problem can lead to black mold.

To resolve this matter, remove it from the container and soak it in water to get rid of all the bugs. Then shake it dry and spray the leaves of your air plant with neem oil, wiping off any noticeable bugs left.

Fake Jellyfish Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Jellyfish Plants May Be an Additional Consideration
Fake Jellyfish Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

In the end, if you feel you cannot keep up with the needs of your jellyfish plant, you can always consider an artificial jellyfish plant.

You’ll get all the feng shui benefits and the joy of how lovely these plants will look in your space with little to no upkeep. Simply spray them with water and wipe off any dust you notice, and you’re good to go!

If you’re worried a fake jellyfish plant is not trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whether you choose a real jellyfish plant or a fake one, you’ll be so happy to have brought it into your home or office.

How have you fared with the jellyfish plant? Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping it alive? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers!

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