Blending perfectly into the busy modern lifestyles of today, the air plant is a desirable,
accessible and convenient garden-free option for plant lovers. Air plants are easy to grow and
using only their roots to secure themselves to their surroundings, whether that be a tree in the
natural environment or a man-made terrarium. They blend perfectly with many of our seagrass furniture and wicker furniture collections!
With over 600 different varieties of air plants, there’s an untapped world of for green- fingered city dwellers. Your certainly don’t need a backyard to foster your love of gardening and modern day terrariums come in so many different styles, shapes and sizes to complement your interior décor.
Here is your ultimate 5 step guide for decorating your home with stunning air plants and plant terrariums.
1. Choose Your Plants
There’s an endless choice of air plants available, all of which have their own unique personalities. Inject your home with color, fill empty spaces with exotic looking plants or choose something minimalistic and understated. Whatever your interior style, there are over 600 types of air plants to choose from. We love this versatility and the complimentary look tied in with wicker furniture.
When selecting your plants, also consider the size of your terrarium and the space you have available in your home. Many air plant varieties grow at a slow and steady place and will need occasional trimming.
2. Choose Your Terrariums
Modern day terrariums are extremely slick and stylish, often made from a simple glass hanging. But terrariums can be any sort of container including cloches, lantern cloches, bell jars, apothecary jars, old fish bowls, vases, tureens or compotes.
If you are looking for a low budget option, or perhaps you want a child safe option for your home, you can even make a container using an old plastic bottle.
For most homeowners though, air plants are all about achieving a Scandinavian-inspired minimalistic look, making cloche vessels or hanging glass containers the most popular choice. Read on to see what tools and accessories you will need to install your own home air plant terrarium.
3. Pick Your Tools and Accessories
There are so many ways to display air plants in your home. You can hang your pots from frames and hangers on your wall, you can create a large aquarium which suspends directly from your ceiling, or you can use designer cloche containers and arrange them in your window.
Whatever you choose, here are some basic tools and accessories you will need:
• Mounting material – you’re correct in thinking that air plants do not need soil. However, providing some mounting material can help your plant develop a pretty shape as it grows. Mounting material can be anything from pebbles and rocks to gravel or sand.
• Water spray bottle – air plants need mostly air to survive and over watering can kill them. But they still need some H20 every so often. Make sure you give your plant a spritz if it starts to look dry or lackluster.
• Sheet moss – although not necessary, sheet moss can help you soak up any excess water when you water your plant, keeping the terrarium looking neat and tidy.
• Decorative materials – glass terrariums look great no matter how you decorate them. You can use pebbles, stones, gravel, sand, twigs or driftwood to make your terrarium look unique. Soft seagrass is a popular decorative material which looks fantastic in a hanging glass globe and matches beautifully with seagrass furniture or wicker furniture in your conservatory.
• Basic hand tools and fixings – if you choose to hang or suspend glass containers, please ensure you use secure fixings to keep your home safe.
4. Install your Terrariums
If you choose to hang large glass vessels from your ceiling or glass terrariums from your wall, be sure to have the right power tools at hand. Once you know how, they are very easy to install. So where should your air plants go?
Air plants should never be placed in direct sunlight. If they are kept in a place where they are directly affected by the sun, they can die. Some plants prefer to grow in the shade so always opt for a cool, moderately well-lit are of the home. Depending on whether your extension is north or south facing, you can even use air plants to decorate your conservatory. As the name suggests, these plants rely on air to grow and survive so install your plant pots somewhere with great air circulation.
5. Care for Your Plants
Caring for air plants takes no time at all. They are perfect for working professionals or busy families who don’t have time to keep a garden. But you still need to remember the fundamental basics of plant care. From late spring to mid-autumn, use a mister on your plant every day or every other day. In the winter months, you will only need to spray your plants once a week on average.
To promote plant growth, you can also fertilize your plant during spring and summer. To find out more, you can watch a video on caring for your air plants.