The Amazing Air Plant!
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I received my first air plant on Mother’s day…the exact one pictured above. Anytime I receive any plant, I tend to feel a little apprehensive…for a green thumb, I have not.
Determined not to end the life of this cute little thing, I did some research and was truly fascinated in what I learned.
Air plants truly do beat all the odds of “typical” mother nature assumptions and expectations. One of God’s special and unique gifts, to remind us of how amazing his creative Hand truly is.
Are you as challenged as I am to keep healthy (and alive, lol) plants in your home? Not enough light, places or windowsills? Or maybe, no matter what you do, they just don’t thrive?
Well here’s a great solution to add some wonderful plant life to your home space, so lets explore together.
1. They don’t need soil to grow! Can you believe that.. well it’s true.
Their roots attach to supports such as rocks, tree branches, roofs and even power lines.
2. They don’t need “direct” sunlight, just a place with bright “filtered” light is what’s best to nurture them and help them grow.
3. My favorite part…they only need watered every 3-4 weeks, depending on the type of climate they are living in. This is where I most miserably fail, and I think I can certainly handle that.
Taking Good Care of Your Air Plant
So how DO you quench an air plant every few weeks? It’s pretty simple, so let’s go there next.
(Important Note: Glass containers produce more heat and humidity, so just be careful to not over water if your plant is in this environment).
If your plant can be taken in and out of its receptacle, this is what you need to do.
a. Get a bowl and fill with water. Rain water or bottled water work best. The salt in soft water is not a good idea for them, nor is the chalk content in hard water beneficial for them.
b. Gently place your Air Plant in your dish of water and let it ” rest” there for approximately 20-30 minutes. Then take it out and gently shake it, leaving it to dry (upside down or on a paper towel, so it is no longer soaking in any more water).
c. Once completely dry, return it to its lovely home.
If your plant is immovable from its home, (like mine pictured below) then misting is the way to hydrate.
Mist it only lightly once or twice a week, depending on the climate of your home, and never over drench.
If your home is dry due to heat and/or air conditioning running, your air plant will need a more frequent watering or misting.
If your home is more humid, then mist and water even less, taking more notice as to the condition of the leaves. You never want to see them “dripping” with water.
Where to Plant
You can place your lovely plants in glass globes, wire baskets with a moss base, glass vessels filled with pretty glass stones, or tuck them into driftwood pieces and seashells. How cool is that?
If you want to go all out, design an air plant terrarium, with a number of a air plants coexisting together.
Where to Get Your Air Plants
You can purchase air plants at nurseries, garden centers, or online.
I’ve found a few lovely starter kits that include all you need, like this set of four that will be planted in seashells…how cute is that!
This set comes with crystal geodes to be home base for your little beauties.
Want to choose your own way to display them and have fun being creative instead. Here’s a great set of plants to do exactly that; it’s a best seller and also includes fertilizer.
There are so many ideas for air plants, hop on over to Amazon and you’ll find so many choices and a great deal of information.
I’ve had so much fun learning about these unique and adaptable plants! I love how airy, unique and pretty they are, and the wide variety of options they offer. They will surely add a nice touch to any home, especially in those places and spaces that regular plants just won’t do.
If you want to learn even more, just google “air plants” for a plethora of information available out there!