Friday Fun: Air Planting 101
Air plants are a trend that is slowly taking over homes and offices around the country. And it’s by no surprise. These Epiphytic plants are super simple to maintain, offer a versatile look to any open space, and provides an essential pop of green to the environment. (Not to mention, just having plants around improves your overall mood!) For those of you who are not familiar with air plants, these little guys are rootless plants that rely on water and airborne nutrients for growth. Which means you don’t even need to plant them in soil! Want to own some air plants? Whether you are a seasonal gardener or a green rookie, we’ve came up with this simple post to help you get started. Check out our Air Planting 101 Guide!
What’s exactly is an Air Plant?
“Air plants” is the general name for all plants in the Tillandsia genus (and there are about 730 different species in the genus!). Some Tillandsia species are Epiphytic and can grow by harmlessly attaching itself to other plant or object- similar to how moss or mushrooms might sprout on a tree. Others are classified as Aerophytes, plants that derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and water. This means caring for your brand new air plant is super simple, all you need to do is provide this little fella with lots of indirect sunlight and water!
Step 1: The cool water soak
Welcoming the first air plant to your home? The first thing you should do when your plant arrives is give it a good soak. Just because these plants are rootless, it doesn’t mean they don’t need water! A good soak should last around 20-30 minutes and help your plant emit a rich green vibe. Make a mental note that this is your plant’s healthiest color and work to maintain this as your plant grows. Make sure to dry off your plant before placing it in a terrain.
Step 2: Build a terrain for your plant
The possibilities are endless! You should find a appropriate home for your plant, depending on its size. Recycle a old mason jar, try a empty vase, or even a wine cork! (A larger area makes it easier to care for your plant.) Feel free to decorate the insides of the terrain however you like- but DO NOT place soil! Soil will actually harm the plant rather than help it.
Step 3: Find the perfect location for your plant
Remember- these plants work best in indirect sunlight. Placing them directly under the sun, dries up the plant, which is not what you want. Hanging them near windows work wonders, but if the light is too bright, try filtering it.
Step 4: Maintenance
If you have time, give your plants a long water soak- for best results, once every two weeks works wonders. (Think of it like a spa day for your plants!) Not enough time? These plants are very forgiving, so don’t panic if you miss a soak. Just make sure to mist your plants every 4-5 days. A smaller jar may not require as much water as a larger terrain because it tends to maintain water circulation.
Need a little more assistance? We love this helpful video on Air Plant Terrariums & Tillandsia Care from Urban Dirt. Check it out!
And viola, that’s it. Simple right? Thinking about getting one? Feel free to share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or G+. We’ll love to see your unique terrains and plants!