Air Plants: Low-Maintenance, Mess-Free, and Perfect for Terrariums
If you find yourself avoiding both indoor and outdoor plants because you don't have a great history of keeping them alive, there are still some great options out there for you.
Have you ever heard of Tillandsia? Unless you are a plant connoisseur, you may not have ever come across that word before. Or, you could possibly know them by their other name: air plants.
Air plants are a great option for someone who is learning how to become a better plant parent. They are not fool-proof and things can go awry if they are neglected, but with proper attention and care, they will stick around for a long time.
No Soil Required!
It may sound too good to be true, but air plants require no dirt or soil. They can truly grow in the air. They are considered epiphytes, which means in the wild, they grow on other trees or plants. There are many species of Tillandsia and they are considered tropical plants because of their love for warm weather.
Their hardiness and love for warmth means they can thrive in your home. They can be planted in all kinds of cute and quirky terrariums or other containers, so they make fantastic gifts or stylish additions to your own space.
Whether you are planning on gifting the air plant to a family member or keeping it for yourself, the low-maintenance instructions to keep a new air plant alive and well are very simple.
Like many tropical plants, air plants need warm temperatures (somewhere between 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit). They thrive with temperature changes, so to replicate a jungle climate you can temporarily move them to a slightly colder room, ten degrees or so, to mimic a night in the jungle.
As far as hydration goes, air plant owners only need to remember to mist their plants once or twice a week. They love staying hydrated, but an excess of water can hurt them. To avoid this, make sure they are dry before any additional misting.
Pro Tip #1: Place the plant upside down while drying to allow proper drainage and keep the base from becoming waterlogged.
Air plants enjoy the sunlight. Indirect light is best to keep them thriving and healthy. To ensure they are receiving a healthy amount of light, you can place them a few feet away from a window or near an artificial light source in your home.
Everybody needs to take their vitamins, plants included! Fertilizer is always recommended to give plants a little extra nutrition and keep them looking and feeling their best.
Pro Tip #2: Our 2 oz. fertilizer spray bottle makes things quick and easy! Just give each of your air plants one spritz of fertilizer when misting.
Although air plant needs can vary depending on the species, following these general rules is a great starting point.
Doing some additional research is always a good idea if you want to know the best way to care for a particular species of air plant. Pro Tip #3: All of the air plants in our terrariums and other kits are chosen at random, so species can vary. Want to know the species of your plant? Just send us a picture, and we will gladly fill you in.
If you want to develop a green thumb, but you've had trouble with plants in the past, an air plant is a great place to start. They are low-maintenance and great for beginners, or for people who just want to add a stylish and easy-to-care-for plant arrangement to their homes. There are so many creative ways to display them, and they will only add one or two minutes of care to your to-do list each week. Take a look around and find the perfect air plant kit for you in the My Crafty Resource air plant collection, and stay crafty!
- Steven Hughes