Air Plants vs Succulents

Air Plants vs Succulents

Growth Pattern

Air plants grow uniquely without any soil or growing medium, while succulents are terrestrial plants that need to bury their roots in the soil to absorb water and nutrients.

Native Habitat

Air plants originate from tropical rain forests and humid climates, while succulents come from arid environments with little water.


Air plants have tendrils covered in fuzzy-like substances or microscopic hairs, while succulents have smooth, thick, and fleshy leaves.


Air plants are watered by soaking them completely for 10 to 20 minutes every 7 to 10 days, while succulents need to be completely dry before watering.

Light Requirements

Air succulents thrive in bright, indirect light, while succulents can survive in full sun.

Some argue that air plants are harder to maintain than succulents. But both are considered easy-care plants.

You can combine air plants and succulents but ensure they receive all the care they need to flourish.

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