Going Green with Air Plants
So I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if I bring one more plant home, I think my husband will literally kill me. No kidding – it’s going to be a pillow to the face while I’m sleeping peacefully and then lights out.
And the future is looking dim, because unbeknownst to him I’ve got my eye on a gorgeous tillandsia xerographica (air plant – see below) and I know exactly where I want to put it (living room coffee table). I just have to figure out how to keep Ella from snatching it from under my nose and pulling off every. last. leg.
Yes, sadly this tragedy took place. Not once, but twice.
Plants are such a simple pleasure. Just a hint of greenery will add this fresh vibrancy to a room. Like a light and airy touch of the outdoors that I never knew I loved so much. The space just feels alive. Living in our apartment I could only keep a couple of plants from death (we lived on the first floor and there was a shortage of natural light). Now that we are in full nesting mode at the house, I’ve kind of gone off of the deep end. There are cacti in the nooks and crannies, succulents on the baker’s rack, ferns in the kitchen, a ficus in the living room and snake plants in the bedroom – which I’m super excited about, because they give off oxygen at night and help to purify the air, so the story goes.
I mean, come on.
Not only Snake plant, but English Ivy, Jasmine, and Spider Plant also have purifying properties and have been known to help to remove indoor air pollutants.
So I’ll be adding one of each.
But one of my all time fav’s for adding just a little green flair is the delicate air plant. They tend to scare a lot of people off because they are so dainty and require a little know-how. But truly, I’ve grown my air plant library to about 10 and they do get easier and easier to care for. Mine like indirect sunlight (in direct sun they burn) and to be drench misted twice a week.
I think what makes them so satisfying is that they are equal parts beautiful and versatile. They are epiphytes and use their root systems to attach themselves to trees or rocks, absorbing nutrients through their leaves. Because they don’t need to be planted in soil (soil can actually make them too wet and they may begin to rot), they can be mounted or strategically placed to adorn any wall, surface or space imaginable. So long as you provide them with indirect light, water, and make sure they have good air circulation, they will be happy little campers.
With such an array of shapes, colors, blooms, and shades of green, these are definitely one of my growing obsessions. I love that certain ones (like the xerographica) have these long, ribbon-y leaves that look just like pappardelle on a plate, while others have the tiniest little tendrils for leaves (see tillandsia pseudobaileyi below). Then suddenly – out of nowhere – the leaves will produce the most gorgeous and vibrant bloom adding a whole new air of mystery and wonderment.
From candlestick toppers to hanging orb havens and t-rex fringe, these little waifs add a breath of fresh air to any space. My favorite use so far has been hanging them for a wall installation using geometric gold wall mounts and a touch of moss via DIG Gardens.
Really, the possibilities are endless.
Go Green with a little Air Plant Inspiration Below…
and because beer makes everything better… courtesy of my husband
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