Love air plants, but not quite sure what to do with them? Buy glass orbs, and hang them on an accordion rack. The easy-care plants will instantly bring life to any room without taking up valuable floor space.
Natural elements and texture are important in Anissa Zajac's design. "I think every home needs something living to complete the design and air plants are a great way to bring in nature without the maintenance of watering a plant," says Anissa.
A cube-shaped terrarium has clean lines that lend themselves to modern design. When Jeffrey Schneider of Jeffrey's Terrariums creates his displays, the plants are sized proportionally to the vessels. "I like to think of the layouts as miniature landscapes," he says. This air plant terrarium holds Tillandsia streptophylla, filifolia, Bulbosa Guatemala, Ionantha Victoriana, Aeranthos and Funkiana, along with horn wood and river stone.
For a low-maintenance indoor garden, cluster several tillandsia together and step away. This large-scale air plant grows without soil, extracting its needed nutrients from air and water. These giant tillandsia are from Terrain.
Air plants, also known as Tillandsias, have a unique, sculptural appeal, which fit into modern design. This DIY terrarium kit sold by Gardener's Supply Co., includes a hanging glass terrarium and planting supplies such as preserved moss and lichen, and decorative stones.
Oval terrariums hold greenery or small tealight candles. They have a bubble-like effect, whether displayed individually or as a group above a kitchen sink, or on the patio or in the garden. The terrariums are from HomArt.
Air plants placed in small globes add a small, organic touch against an urban-style wall painted by a graffiti artist. Air plants are wonderful hands-off decor as they absorb the water and nutrients they need from the air through their leaves.
A replica of a wire Victorian plant stand celebrates indoor gardening’s golden age. This plant stand, with its rectangular shape, fits neatly along a window, allowing plants to get maximum light without occupying nearby tables. The wire design allows air flow to plants, which helps maintain leaf health.
Dry winter air causes houseplants to dry out quickly. At the very least, check plants weekly to assess soil moisture. Sticking a finger onto—or even into—soil is an easy way to determine if plants need a drink. With small plants, lifting the pot is another good way to figure out how moist soil is. Dry soil is light; wet soil is heavier. Soil color also changes as moisture evaporates. Wet soil is dark; dry soil is lighter in color.
Tillandsias are known as air plants because they don’t grow in soil. This silvery beauty is often called “King of the Air Plants” because it can grow to over 3 feet across. The leaves curl, taper and twist to form a living sculpture. Mist or soak the plant up to twice a week to keep it healthy.