No home is complete without plants! This is an idea we firmly believe in, as you have probably noticed from some of our previous articles – we have information about nature’s healing properties and even tips on how to choose the best indoor plant for every room in your house. However, people who live in the city rarely have the luxury of owning a garden. Not to mention that our busy, and often stressful lifestyles make it nearly impossible to keep a plant alive for long! Therefore, we decided to devote today’s article to the readers who would love to bring some greenery in their lives, but simply do not have the time and resources to do so. To put it simply, an air plant terrarium is the perfect solution! Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but also requires very little care, and stays fresh all year round.
First things first – what exactly are air plants?
People often refer to the species of the genus Tillandsia as “air plants”, because they don’t need any soil to survive. They are extremely adaptable, and use their leaves to absorb nutrients directly from the air. Although they do have roots, the majority use them only for support. Tillandsia is native to the United States, Central and South America, and the West Indies, but in recent years it has become very popular all around the world. One of the reasons for this is the genus’ amazing diversity – it has over 600 species, which come in a refreshing variety of shapes, textures, sizes and colors. The grass-like Tillandsia setacea and the reddish pink Tillandsia abdita are good examples of how distinctive the species can be. Blossoms also come in many striking hues – pink, purple, yellow, orange, blue, red, white and countless variations thereof. Another reason for Tillandsia’s staggering popularity is the dramatic and beautiful color changes which the plants undergo while in bloom. Additionally, some species have a very pleasant, sweet aroma.
Vibrant and durable, this lovely plant can be looked after in a glass container, just like succulents
What kind of care do air plants need?
Tillandsia plants are pretty easy to look after. Although they don’t require soil, they do need is to be watered – every two days is summer and once a week in winter. Pulverization is optional, but we highly recommend it, as it prevents dehydration. The only special care necessary for the healthy development of a Tillandsia is a weekly bath. In colder weather, this means washing it under running water. When it’s hot outside, it is advisable to let the plant soak in a dish for 20-30 minutes. Pale or limp leaves are a sign of dehydration and must be addressed immediately.
Since Tillandsia plants love warmth, and cannot survive colder air currents, it is best to look after them indoors. For best results, keep them in a well-lit area but try to avoid direct sunlight.
Simple, yet effective – a beautiful combination
Making your own air plant terrarium
Putting your own air plant terrarium together is a great way to flex your creative muscles. The possibilities are virtually endless! You can use glass bowls or old household items, like lightbulbs, mason jars and glasses. Just take a container of your choice, put a layer of pebbles, sand, or any other bedding you prefer (even rice works!) and place your air plant inside. Then decorate with shells, moss, crystals and stones, or little branches and sticks. For a more interesting look, combine Tillandsia plants and succulents, and add some tiny figurines.
How cute is this Star Wars themed air plant terrarium?
Would you like to make your own lightbulb garden? This short and fun video will show you how:
Air plants can survive in rooms lit only by fluorescent lamps, so they make a great office buddy!
Very creative jelly fish design
Mix air plants and succulents for a more diverse look
Crystals are the perfect decorations for your air plant terrarium…
…and so is this adorable flamingo figurine!
A colorful and original idea!
Add a touch of green to your home
Apple and pair shaped terrariums – a charming gift idea
Some Tillandsia plants bloom for an entire year!
Air plants stand made from reclaimed wood
A very creative way of reusing old coat racks
Tillandsia plants come in many varieties
A cactus, some succulents, and a tiny tillandsia plant
One of our favorite air plant arrangements
Tillandsia abdita have beautiful hot pink leaf tips
So many different kinds! Which one would you choose? We’ll take them all!
What do you think about this edgy and modern air plant terrarium?
A lovely home decoration and a miniature garden, all in one!
Another creative solution:
Can you spot the little unicorn figurine hiding in the Tillandsia plants?
Two beautiful, beach inspired terrariums
We hope you’ll have lots of fun decorating your own little garden!