Air Plant Gardens
Air Plant Gardens
Looking for a fun plant craft that can also be a great hostess or get-well gift? Do you want a project for older children on a cool and cloudy fall day? Come into our greenhouse and discover how you can easily make a charming air plant (Tillandsia) or bubble garden.
After putting in that base layer, add small amounts mosses or other natural materials. Lichen covered twigs, sea shells, bark and special rocks are perfect compliments to air plants and mosses – look for small, natural items in your own backyard!
These tiny gardens make great lift-your-spirits gifts for someone who is ill or going through a tough time. The hanging globes can even be made as living Christmas ornaments.
Here are some tips for caring for your Tillandsias in a bubble garden:
- Mist your plants three or four times a week with a mister. The bubble keeps the moisture around the plants longer, but frequent misting is important, especially in the winter season.
- They may be called “air plants” but they not only need water but light as well! Place your bubble near a bright window but not in direct sun. Offices with strong fluorescent light can also be good for these plants but periodic placement near a window would help the plants survive long term.
- Do not keep your Tillandsias too wet – don’t put them in a bubble with dirt on the bottom, or with so many mosses that the bottom of the air plants are kept very moist.
- If you want your Tillandsias to multiply, try tucking them in a houseplant that you place outdoors in a shady spot for the summer. Water frequently as the weather and temperatures demand.
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