Air plants, more properly known as Tillandsias, are a genus from the bromeliad family, that may finally be making a breakthrough with plant lovers.
Due to their versatility when it comes to design and display, these little tilly’s are very popular! They are exotic, colourful, require NO dirt, NO heavy containers OR a large space to develop and grow! What more could you ask in a plant?
Read more below for information on what they are, how to display Tillandsia and top tips on how to care for them:
1. Glass Terrariums
Glass Terrariums are the first thing to spring to mind when you think of tillys! They are simple, easy to install and can be changed to suit any setting, style or season!
There are 2 main types of glass available, either suspended in the air as hanging terrariums or flat on a surface as an accent table piece. Among these two types, the possibilities are endless, with the choice of presenting them relatively simple with a solo air plant or combined in it’s natural surroundings, adding stones, moss, tree bark and sand.
2. Grapevine or Driftwood
Air plants are often seen attaching themselves to the sides of trees, rocky cliffs and stones in their natural habitat. A particularly interesting way to show off your air plants for a simple table centre or home interior is by using different mediums of woods, whether it grapevine, mopani or driftwood. Click here for novelty products including wood slices, driftwood, grape wood, erica wood etc.
Trust me, it’s that easy – we tried it oursleves with our selection of Erica roots! Ideal for a table centres or a statement piece in your home interiors / office / venue!
3. Seashells and Natural containers
Another great way to display air plants is in natural containers, for example, seashells, urchins, wood pots, seed pods etc. There are mine field full of natural curiosities waiting to be discovered that are the perfect size to hold an air plant – many of which come from the ocean! Seashells and urchins have small holes that offer a cosy home for an air plant or why not try a conch for the larger species! They would certainly look superb if your going for a beach style for a wedding or event – maybe a long-lasting wedding favour for your guests!!
Now you have been inspired by the photographs and descriptions, you are probably asking yourself what actually are they?
Tillandsias are epiphytes and need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves. The roots are mainly used as anchors – clever right? There are about 550 types, plus hybrids. Tillandsias are native to the southern U.S., Central America, South America and Mexico. They can be as small as a couple of inches or as large as three feet across. They’re slow growing; once mature, they’ll flower then produce babies (pups), from two to a dozen, depending on the species.
An interesting feature: They clean the air.
Like most other plants, water, light and air is crucial to the development and growth. They are however one of the easiest of all house plants to care for – you’ll be pleased to know! In the first month, you will need to pay special attention to them in their new home while they acclimatise to their new environment.
To get the best from your wholesale cut air plants, please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Water the air plants by either misting a few times a week (more in the summer or in dry weather) or soak them in water for a few hours once a week to allow them to soak up all the nutrients they need (just be sure to let them drain fully as any excess water could cause them to rot!).
- If the plant is not getting enough water, it will be sure to let you know, the ends of the leaves begin to curl more than usual or even turn brown.
- Leave in a open, bright position with good air circulation
- Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light or direct heat sources such as fire and radiators to avoid drying the plants. Do not allow temperature to drop below 10ºC. Keep the air plants out of the way of children
Where to buy Air plants?
If you are looking to purchase Air plants, take a look at our website @ www.trianglenursery.co.uk/fresh-flowers. This link will take you directly to the Air Plants category. If you would like further information on the plant, care tips etc., please do not hesitate to call us on 01394 385 832.
Thank you for reading and enjoy your day!
For more information, visit our website: www.trianglenursery.co.uk or call our sales team at 01394 385 832.