Air plants are great for people who tend to forget to water their plants or don’t want the mess of dirt. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and go by the scientific name Tillandsia. These are low-maintenance plants perfect for beginners, but enjoyable for the most experienced gardeners.
When you first buy your air plant, you should soak it for 15 minutes. Then allow for it to dry upside down to ensure all the water drops can escape the leaves. Water trapped inside the plant can help produce mold. The bottom is where all the leaves begin together. Once fully dry, the plant can be flipped back over and it’s ready to be styled!
Depending on the size of your Tillandsia and location in which you keep it, misting or soaking will work. The smaller ones may only need a good misting every week or so, but the larger ones may need to be soaked up to 30 minutes. The more light and dryness in the air the plant experiences, the more watering the plant will require.
Key Styling Tips:
- Do not placed in soil – there will be too much moisture at the base of the plant.
- They love bright, indirect light – either artificial or natural light work!
- Air plants require good air circulation – they absorb nutrients through the air.
These are the ways I’ve styled my own air plants:
Here are some images to inspire you that I found on Pinterest:
Hanging your plants is a great way to add visual height to your space and leave desktop room for other items. Here is my macrame hanger tutorial you can try.
Hemleva, an online air plant shop, has created “Air Plant Dating Profiles.” This tool can help you learn about the various species and what might be a good match for you!