It doesn’t take much effort to make your air plants look great.
But if you’re looking to go above and beyond, there’s no shortage of inspiration sources. Zenaida Sengo, a San Francisco gardener and interior designer, has published a book on just that topic.
In Air Plants: The Curious World of Tillandsias, published in paperback Sept. 30, Sengo and photographer Caitlin Atkinson explore creative ways to make your home look its best using simple design projects. “Known for their spiky shape and extremely low-maintenance needs, they are growing increasingly popular for crafting, design, and décor,” they write.
The book includes six step-by-step projects, “including a wood mount and several unique terrariums.” The book is available on Amazon for $14.25.
After flowering, most air plants start the reproduction cycle by producing “pups”, which typically start growing around the base of the air plant. When the "pups" grow to about 1/2 size of the parent, you have 2 cool options:
1) remove the "pup" and let your new plant grow, flower and reproduce again
2) leave the "pup" attached, and you'll soon have a beautiful cluster growing, which will continue to flower and produce new "pups"
It's very enjoyable to watch the growing cycle. Each specie of air plant reproduces somewhat differently. if you have kids, this is very educational and fun to watch. PLUS... you are purifying the air you breath. Air plants are one of the best natural air cleaners of all plant species.
Some Air Plants not only are beautiful to look at, but also release an intoxicating fragrance when in bloom. The yellow flowers of the Tillandsia Crocta and the Tillandsia Duratii are two of our favorites.
The delicate yellow flowers of the Tillandsia Crocta have one of the sweetest fragrances in all the bromeliad world. And the grape-scented Tillandsia Duratii has pretty violet-colored flowers that emit an amazing Concord grape odor for up to a month.
There are only about 30 of the 500 varieties of Air Plants that are fragrant. If you would like to purchase one of these, please visit our Air Plant store to see our current inventory. http://www.plantstr.net/collections/air-plants
The Air Plant, also know as Tillandsia, might just be the ultimate urban houseplant.
The Tillandsia, more commonly referred to as Air Plants, are unique plants from the Bromeliad family. They are colorful, easy to care for, exotic and very affordable.
Plantstr has been selling Air Plants successfully for many years and they are becoming more popular every day. With Air Plants, the care is minimal, they don’t attract insects and they are perfect for small urban settings and apartments.
There are currently around 500 various types of Tillandsias, most of which are native to Central America, South America and Mexico. They range in size from a few inches to as large as 4 feet across.
Once Air Plants mature and flower, they produce babies, also know as pups, and can have as many as 12. Once a mother plant flowers, it will never flower again, slowly dying within a few years. During this time, the pups are getting all of the nutrients from the mother plant. Eventually, the pups will flower and the cycle will continue.
Another interesting feature about Air Plants is that they clean the air. In fact, a few years ago, there was a study that showed that the Tillandsias can clean the air and remove more airborne particles than any other plant on earth. This is also how they get their nourishment.
Tillandsias are also one of the most forgiving and easy to care for plants available, although the watering requirements can be a little tricky. The best option is to mist them once a week or you can run the plant under a faucet. If the plant starts to dry out, submerge it overnight to rehydrate it.
For more information on how to care for your Air Plants you can visit http://www.plantstr.net/pages/air-plant-care
Our Spheres are hand cut from the roots of naturally water resistant woods like Teak, Cypress and Eucalyptus. Each sphere is a one-of-a-kind piece enhanced by the natural beauty of cracks, holes and crevices only Mother Nature can create.
We decorate each piece with a variety of air plants in various species and sizes, all tastefully fitted into the natural nooks and crannies. The final creation is a well-balanced, living piece of art that will compliment any decor.
To view the complete collection of our driftwood and wood spheres collections, please click here
Come visit Plantstr this Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Las Olas Farmers Market. We will have a large selection of Air Plants Terrariums, Cactus and Succulents for sale at great prices!
Sunday November 10th, 2013.
From 9am to 3pm.
On Saturday November 2, 2013, Plantstr will be at the Pompano Beach Green Market from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The Pompano Beach Green Market is located on the southwest corner of Atlantic Boulevard and Cypress Road (just east of City Hall).