What To Put Air Plants In

People who enjoy plants, especially those who wish to have greenery in their homes but don’t have a lot of time to care for it, are quite fond of air plants. They come in a variety of forms, hues, and textures and require very little upkeep.

Moisture and the surrounding air provide nutrients for air plants. So it’s simple to locate a space for them. Put them in common pots, terrariums, frames, baskets, bowls, seashells, urchins, and seaweed. Using wires, fishing lines, or adhesive, you may also hang or fasten them to wreaths, cork bark, and other materials.

If you decide to put your air plants somewhere specific, continue reading to learn how to care for them and how to water them.

What sort of container should I use for my air plant?

Normal pots can be used to grow air plants, but due to their tiny size and low moisture requirements, they are also a good choice for a variety of different planter designs.

Try one of these unique air plant containers for a little something unusual.

This larger air plant is appropriate for a typical household fish bowl. For a distinctive beach picture, include some white gravel and a scattering of shells.

One of my blog’s followers gave me a picture of a wonderfully creative setup she had for her air plants.

These stylish planters are constructed from wood blocks, and the air plants are suspended from a curved wire at the top. so imaginative Lilibeth, thanks for sharing. I adore how these appear!

In the wild, air plants enjoy perching on trees. Wrap some sphagnum moss around a piece of wood and fasten the plant to it to create the same effect. When hanging in this manner, it will appear organic and woodsy.

Any exhibit in the terrarium design would look great with air plants. Terrariums provide the plant with a nearly ideal environment by retaining moisture.

This adorable copper wire-wrapped glass holder in the form of a teardrop is heart-adorned. It makes the small tillandsia, which is resting on a bed of moss, appear completely at home.

A note on copper and air plants:

When the copper area is repeatedly exposed to moisture, as is essential if you water the container, copper pipes and wires can be hazardous to air plants.

If you wish to use a copper-containing container for air plants, make careful to completely seal it with a clear coating like Flex Clear.

As an alternative, you can take the air plant out of the container before watering it to prevent the copper from coming into contact with the liquid.

An old wooden drawer with sections was transformed into a gorgeous succulent planter for an air plant and several more succulents with this simple DIY technique.

Since host trees are where Air plants naturally grow, using log holders to show them makes a lot of sense. With one plant on each end of this attractive log form, the arrangement is symmetrical.

Air plants are ideal options for shallow bowl planting due to their modest stature. For a planter with a minimalist appearance, this attractive air plant bowl employs gravel, a piece of driftwood, and three distinct types of air plants.

The best material to use to create a planter is driftwood. Naturally polished by the surf, it develops cracks where tillandsia can be planted.

Logs can be used in planters in countless different ways. View further designs for log planters here.

On my most recent trip to the neighborhood farmer’s market, I spent some time perusing a booth that sold air plants and had so many lovely containers. I was drawn to this bird cage because I adore the way it seems.

It was about 5 feet tall and had a massive piece of drift wood to hold the tillandsia plants!

This shield-shaped air plant holder is made from a copper tube and a stained wooden plaque. It’s simple to create and presents the plant attractively. View the tutorial for the shield planter at Walnut Hollow Crafts.

The ideal habitat for this air plant is a sphere constructed of flat copper wire. The beautiful moss beneath the assortment of air plants looks fantastic in the planter, which is simple to mist.

In this entertaining coffee pot terrarium, my old Mr. Coffee carafe serves a dual purpose. I paired my air plant with other succulents to create a lovely arrangement that requires very little care.

Can an air plant be planted in dirt?

In soil, an air plant won’t flourish. Never even attempt it. Above: a picture taken by John Merkl. Tillandsias are epiphytes, which means that in nature air plants grow on other plants rather than by establishing roots in the ground, clinging to tree trunks, for example.

My air plant will fit in a jar, right?

Fill the remaining third of the jar with tiny stones. First, place the lichens in the jar in the desired order. Then use your finger to make a little hole in the pebbles. Set the air plant firmly inside the opening.

My air plant will fit on rocks, right?

Terrariums are a wonderful way to add some greenery to any area, and you can really make your terrarium stand out by using several types of bases! We frequently receive inquiries regarding how to exhibit air plants in terrariums, including what types of bases to use and whether they require soil. The bases and decorations you should pick to create a stunning air plant terrarium are discussed below.

You can use small pebbles, seashells, bark, marbles, preserved reindeer moss, beautiful sand, etc. for the base. Have fun with it! There are countless options for the colors and textures of the sand and rock used in terrariums.

There is no need to provide soil because air plants can survive without it. Most air plants, in fact, shouldn’t be planted in soil. Layering moss, sand, or rock is a simple way to add variety and texture to your terrarium.

Make sure the base you use is entirely dry. You don’t want your air plants to be resting against any moisture in their terrariums or containers.

You should also consider the type and size of the terrarium you are creating. This terrarium will be presented where? Will it hang or rest on a table? You can choose the substrate for your terrarium by responding to these questions. Since moss is lighter than sand and won’t shift as much if the terrarium sways, using it as a base layer may be preferable for hanging terrariums.

Small bits of bark or driftwood can give your terrarium a charmingly rustic appearance as a base or accent, but make sure the wood you pick is pest-free. We like to use orchid bark, which is available at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Use caution when utilizing logs or bark that you may find outside because they could contain insects or pests that could harm your plant.

Watering Terrariums and Plants:

  • If you water your plants while they are in your terrarium, too much moisture may become trapped amid the moss, rock, etc., leading to the rot of your plants.
  • Before putting the plants back in your terrarium, remove them, soak or mist them, and then make sure they are totally dry.
  • No water or moisture should be present in your terrarium or next to the Tillandsia.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer a kit that includes everything you need, look no further—we also carry those!

Check out these DIY terrarium kits, which include everything you need to build one.

Are terrariums required for air plants?

I recently visited the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers, Florida, where I was given a tour of their residences, gardens, research facilities, and museum. Particularly all the rubber trees they investigated as potential sources for tire materials, the plant collections there are amazing.

I took advantage of the fact that Edison is most well-known for creating the light bulb by buying a tiny hanging planter in the shape of a lightbulb. An air plant is within, resting on sphagnum moss. I enjoy looking at it every day because it hangs above my kitchen window.

Tillandsia, or air plants, are fascinating members of the Bromeliad family. Since all bromeliads are epiphytes, they depend on another object for support. Because of this, plants in nature use their root systems to grow safely on rocks and trees. They obtain water and nutrients from the air and rain through their leaves as opposed to using their roots to draw them from the earth.

Only three things are necessary to maintain air plants healthy and content: sunlight, water, and air movement.

First, you need light—filtered light, not direct light—coming through a window facing south, east, or west. You can hang them outside in a tree or other safe place during the summer.

Second, appropriate irrigation is essential for growing Tillandsia. I prefer to mist mine once or twice a week to keep the sphagnum moss substrate damp while allowing the plant to somewhat dry out in between waterings. The leaves are too dry if they curl or roll. Place the plant in water overnight to resuscitate it, then shake off any extra water before putting it back on display.

Third, proper air flow promotes disease prevention and allows the plant to dry out a little between waterings.

Terrariums, which are transparent glass or plastic containers filled with miniature plants, are ideal for growing and displaying air plants. Unlike other terrariums, which are securely closed, my light-bulb-shaped container includes an entire side that is open to promote air flow.

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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).

Where should my air plants be kept?

All air plants are native to tropical regions where freezing temperatures never occur. It’s crucial to keep them at a reasonable temperature without a sweater, right? typically from the 1960s or earlier. Keep them away from windows that are cold in the winter and air conditioner vents.

At least a few hours of bright, indirect sun each day are necessary for air plants to thrive. The optimal placement is between one and three feet from an east or west-facing window, or around two feet from a source of artificial light. They can be exposed to hotter, more direct sun for longer periods of time if you maintain them well-hydrated. Avoid areas that are poorly lit.

How often should my air plant be soaked?

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.

Do I need to wet my air plant frequently?

I frequently receive queries concerning caring for air plants that are kept in glass globes because they have become so popular. To enjoy your plant in a glass enclosure for many years, follow these few instructions. If you’re seeking for glass globes, our shop has a wide variety of unusual patterns.

  • The more attention you can provide your plant, the bigger the globe.
  • When you initially get your plant, give it a 20 to 30-minute bath. Keep an eye on the size and color to determine how content the plant is. Consider this “image” constantly.
  • Before inserting your plant into the globe, let it almost entirely dry out.
  • Every 4-5 days, mist your plant with one spray for small globes, two or three sprays for globes 3-5 inches in diameter, and more if the plant is in a wide open globe. The objective is to estimate the drying time; the longer the plant can retain moisture, the smaller the globe and less circulation. Overwatering will cause the plant to perish.
  • Do you recall how your plant seemed after soaking? If it no longer has that cheerful, healthy appearance, remove it, soak it for 30 to 60 minutes, shake, and let it almost completely dry before replacing in the globe.
  • Place your globes away from windows or other areas where they will receive direct sunlight. Keep in mind that the glass will make the heat and sunlight more intense. Some plants may even grow in low to moderate light, though indirect light is preferred.

Can air plants be placed inside marbles?

Your glass tabletop terrarium is a great place for air plants. Additionally, you may accessorize the terrarium with marbles, tiny multicolored rocks, sea corals, and moss. To make a unique and adaptable terrarium, you can add one or more kinds of air plants.