How To Make Jellyfish Air Plants

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It’s a good idea to consider your ultimate placement at this time for your finished jellyfish air plants. You will need a lengthy piece of yarn if you want one or more to dangle from the ceiling! You won’t need a lengthy piece of twine if you only want them to sit on your desk.

An air plant jellyfish is what?

The illusion that each “jellyfish” is magically floating in the air is created by hanging an air plant (tillandsia) upside down on a looped, clear line and encasing it in a sea urchin shell.

Do you immerse air plants completely in water?

It is preferable to soak your air plants in a bowl of water for 20 to an hour once per week to 10 days. Totally submerge the plant. Even though they are constantly wet in nature, if your plant is in bloom, you might want to keep the bud above the water to avoid disturbing it.

How can you create an Octopus-shaped air plant?

Fill the fish bowl’s bottom with sand. Fishing line is cut into 8-inch lengths. Feed the fishing line in between the air plant’s base and a leaf. To secure, tie a knot around the air plant’s base. To position the sea urchin shell above the plant’s base, feed the remaining fishing line through it. The air plant should stay within the shell by itself, but you can glue it to the shell if you think it needs further support.

How Much Light Does an Air Plant Need?

Air plants require strong, indirect light to grow. Good possibilities are rooms with windows that face the south or east because the sun will shine brightly in these areas for the majority of the day. As long as the plant is put close to the window and the window is not covered by trees or an adjacent apartment building, rooms with North-facing windows also perform effectively. Western light typically arrives later in the day and has a tendency to be quite warm and powerful. Take care not to burn your air plant!

The air plant will generally withstand more light as the humidity level in your area increases. This means that you should plan to spritz your air plant more frequently, such as twice a week or even every day, if you’re placing it where it will get a lot of light. An air plant will thrive in a bright bathroom or bustling kitchen since the humidity from your shower or boiling water will take care of the majority of plant misting for you.

Air Plants and Artificial Light

A lot of customers ask us if they can put their air plant in a basement or office where there won’t be any windows for natural light. The answer is yes, but there are a few particular guidelines to follow to guarantee the success of your plant.

Fluorescent light must be full-spectrum. These plants can’t photosynthesize in the kind of light that regular incandescent bulbs produce. Place your Tillandsia no more than three feet from the source of light. Additionally, if you plan to use fluorescent lighting, the plants will require at least 12 hours every day.

We advise purchasing a dedicated bulb for your plant (such as a Gro-Lux, Repta-Sun, or Vita-Lite) and setting it on a 12-hour timer if you live in a basement or wish to keep an air plant in your office to ensure that it receives the proper amount of light to survive.

Sand, rocks, and dried wood arranged in a shallow dish make a wonderful air plant display.

How are air plants grown in shells?

I’ve been buying and building air plant displays for nearly ten years now, and one thing I’ve observed is that a lot of people have questions regarding air plant adhesive.

The air plants are virtually always glued in place when I pick up air plant displays or air plants in shells. This is frequently unnecessary because the plants aren’t being hung upside down or in a container that needs glue to stay in place. So I seldom ever use adhesive while creating an air plant decor piece. In essence, I only do it if it is required for the design to work.

Consider it this way: rather than caring for a houseplant, adhesive air plants are disposable, sort of like a long-lasting floral arrangement. The air plant must eventually be taken out of the glue if you want it to survive. In general, I believe the air plants shouldn’t be bonded into the shells because it will be harder to water and take care of them.

How to Care For a Glued Air Plant

What if you purchased one that was already adhered? How can you be sure to look after the plant properly? Fortunately, there is a reasonably easy fix. You must water your air plant according to the guidelines listed below, completely submerging it.

Then thoroughly shake it out. You will eventually have a healthy air plant after the plant eventually grows out of the adhesive and the attached leaf withers.

Attempting to safely pull the plant away from the glue is another option, however it might be challenging.

How to Safely Glue an Air Plant

When glue is required, it’s crucial to utilize the appropriate kind of adhesive. Never use hot glue, no matter what you do! The plants might suffer harm. Hawaiian Botanicals advises using E6000 glue, however the smells are horrendous. I try to fit them into the shells or display without glue or using wire because I can’t seem to come up with a viable adhesive alternative.

A Beautiful Glue-Free Way to Display an Air Plant

There are so many more simple ways you may display your air plants if fiddling with glue sounds like it won’t be worth the hassle. Keep in mind that there is no need for adhesive; you can simply insert the air plant into the seashell.

The seashell can alternatively be removed, an air plant added, and the complete arrangement placed within a terrarium. They will look lovely no matter where you decide to arrange them. Additionally, you will now have a use for all of your amassed seashells.

This air plant display made of wire and river stone is another popular technique. It looks good and lets you take good care of and water your air plant.

Jellyfish reproduce in what ways?

Throughout their lifecycle, jellyfish take on two different body forms: medusa and polyps. While medusae spawn eggs and sperm to reproduce sexually, polyps can only multiply asexually by budding.

How long does an air plant live?

Perennial plants are tillandsias, also referred to as air plants. According to the source, they have a lifespan of between two and five years, which indicates that they normally survive longer than two years.

The type of air plant and the growing conditions have an impact on how long they live, though. They reside in deserts, on various surfaces, and on tree branches in their natural habitat (other surfaces they can grow on).

Air plants only experience one flowering during their existence, which marks the culmination of their development and maturity.

Depending on the species, the flowers might remain in bloom for a number of months. However, the air plant will begin to die when the blossoms start to wilt and fade. Air plants develop pups or offsets before they die to carry on the same growth cycle.

Despite the mother plant dying, you can take the pups out and raise them separately. Separating the pups from the mother is referred to as “division is a method of air plant propagation.

As an alternative, you might leave those puppies grouped together ” (also known as “tillandsia balls).

Can air plants produce offspring?

Let’s speak about having babies, namely air plant babies! Tillandsia, often known as air plants, are notoriously difficult to produce from seed, hence most Tillandsia nurseries prefer to grow air plants through propagation. In order to extend our supply of air plants and create some very robust Tillandsia specimens, we at Air Plant Design Studio rely on propagation.

This Tillandsia streptophylla pup, which we recently detached from a huge mother plant, is enormous and appears to be in good health.

An air plant will generate offsets once it has completed the blooming cycle, or “pups under ideal circumstances. The offsets develop differently depending on the Tillandsia species; some air plants produce pups near the base or root system, while others sprout them from beneath one of, but this air plant really acts as protection for the young Tillandsia pup that has sprouted beneath it.

Following blooming, air plants often produce 1 to 3 pups. Many, many more can be produced by some types.

Puppies being separated from the mother plant:

When offsets have grown to a size that is roughly one-third that of the mother plant, you can carefully remove them. With the right conditions and care, the pup will then proceed through its own lifespan, developing into a larger animal that eventually blooms and gives birth to its own offsets. While holding the mother plant, carefully pull on the pup’s base to remove it. If you must use excessive force to separate an offset that is ready to be removed, we advise leaving it intact. This offset should be able to be removed without harming mother or child.

clump formation in air plants:

The offsets will continue to develop as a mother air plant if not separated from it “It is possible for clumps to become quite spectacular. The formation will be somewhat influenced by how you keep them; for instance, by hanging clumping ionantha air plants, the pups will be given room to grow in all directions and should eventually form a spherical clump. These air plant clumps can create several blooms under the correct circumstances as the individual pups develop through maturity, bloom, and continue to produce their own pups.

promoting pup development

In most cases, air plants produce pups or offsets after blooming. At some time in their life cycle, every Tillandsia will go through this process, however certain species, like the xerographica air plant, bloom and produce pups much more slowly. Tillandsia need a lot of water, air flow, light (your air plant’s preferred level and intensity will vary according on type), and light in order to bloom and generate offsets. To hasten flowering and pup production, you can also use a fertilizer made specifically for Tillandsia (like this one), but bear in mind that fertilizer can only be used sparingly and should not take the place of adequate care or circumstances.

In our articles on the air plant blooming process and what happens after the bloom, you may find out what happens before an air plant produces pups.

How much time does it take air plants to develop pups?

How exciting to know that your wonderful Tillandsia will eventually create their own air plant offspring! The name puppies, which is a term of endearment for these “baby” air plants, is just the cutest thing ever.

Did you know that raising puppies is the preferred method for air plant enthusiasts to expand their plant collections? Yes, air plant enthusiasts worldwide can grow their very own puppy nursery. Additionally, puppies always grow into their mother plant’s traits.

In the correct circumstances, all Tillandsia species will give birth to pups in a relatively short period of time. Knowing what to look for—nodes at the mother plant’s base—and when/how to separate the pups from the mother plant are all that are required. It’s also crucial to make sure that the mother plant and the pups receive enough sunlight and water continuously.

Pups should start to grow soon after your plants’ first bloom cycle. Typically, your Tillandsia won’t produce its first bloom for up to six months. It’s important to keep in mind that some air plant species may require several years to blossom.

The magic starts to happen once your plants have blossomed. Small nodes can be seen at the base of your plant. This indicates that the young plants have begun to appear!

It’s critical that you continue to care for the mother plant as usual during this period. But always remember to treat the puppies with care. As they begin their life’s adventure, they might be rather fragile.

Once the puppies are about a fifth the size of their mother plant, you must divide them.

Laying the mother plant carefully on its side will allow you to clip away the pups with a sharp kitchen knife or good pair of garden sheers. After finishing this procedure, you are ready to launch your very own air plant farm!

You should give the cut-off point on the mother plant and the pup a few days to harden off.

Your plants will begin to recover from their separation at this time. They might have developed a distinctive (lopsided) morphology when they were growing alongside their mother. Your pup’s shape and size will begin to become more uniform during the next few months. As they are still fairly sensitive, wait to feed the pup plant food until they have been apart for at least three months. Throughout the duration, continue to water as usual.

The longevity and simplicity of growing air plants are two of its best qualities. They only require a little sunlight and water every so often; they don’t require soil. And as you’ve seen, raising your air plant pups is also very easy. You’ll soon see a handful of puppies arrive with a little TLC!

See for yourself how lovely air plants may be by looking at our collection of them and their young.

Do my air plants need to be misted?

The final technique in our series on watering air plants is misting, which you can employ in between regular soaking or immersing. Read more in our earlier blog posts to learn more about the dunk method and soaking.

If you notice that your plant’s leaves are starting to seem a bit dry or if you live in a dry region with low air humidity, misting is an excellent approach to give it a little additional hydration. Misting is probably not enough water for your plant to grow, therefore you shouldn’t utilize this method as its only supply of water.

The T. tectorum, which has a lot of trichomes, is an exception to this rule and prefers misting to soaking or submerging. In a temperate area, you might only need to mist once a month with one of these guys, or once a week in a hotter environment.

In contrast to other plants with bigger leaves, plants with wispy leaves such the T. ionantha, T. andreana, or T. fuchsii v gracilis may require misting more regularly in addition to weekly watering.

  • It’s easy to spritz plants; just use a spray bottle or hose attachment set to the “mist” setting. Make sure the entire plant gets soaked before misting. As previously mentioned, if this is their sole source of water, this is not the greatest approach for watering. If you mist your plants, remember to additionally soak or dip them once a week at the very least.

A useful generalization to remember is that a healthy air plant will have leaves that are wide open, whereas a dehydrated air plant would have leaves that curl inward. Bring on the mist if you see that your plant is starting to appear a touch dry between your regular waterings!