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The beauty of air plants - Tillandsia

Air plants - Tillandsia - take their nutrients from the air and all they require is light (not direct sunlight) and an occasional misting of water from a spray. Buy a couple of plants and pot them up in timber offcuts, blocks of wood, or even seashells.

 

Air plants are gaining popularity as people realise how easy these plants are to care for and how they can be incorporated into simple decor projects. Once potted up in a handmade container, air plants are a wonderful gift to give.

A few timber offcuts are all you need to create a unique display for any room in a home. Use a spade bit to drill a hole in your block of wood, as you would when making a candle holder. These little plants don't require any soil and can simply be placed directly into the drilled hole.

Still have some conch shells or sea urchins lying around from your last holiday...? These make wonderful containers for small air plants. Add a small amount of pea gravel to the pots to add weight and support the plants.

Air plants take their nutrients from the air and all they require is light (not direct sunlight) and an occasional misting of water from a spray.

Use potted air plants to dress up a plain table for a special occasion, party or wedding. These little plants don't mind being moved around occasionally.

Create a natural setting with driftwood or aged timber and use as a table centrepiece, on a coffee table or mantel shelf.

There are many varieties of Tillandsia that range from small and compact, to long and graceful. Once settled in the right spot these plants will thrive and produce new plants that can be removed and potted up.

There are various suppliers where you can buy air plants, normally on an online classifieds such as gumtree, junkmail or here.