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Most of our outdoor chores are done and it’s time to bring a little more life indoors! Air Plants aka Tillandsia are lovely little plants that take little effort but you need bright indirect sunlight for them to thrive and, of course, they need some moisture., especially with our drier indoor air during the winter months. They’ll need water 2 to 3 times a week. Either dunk the entire plant in tepid water for up to an hour or mist the plant until it’s dripping wet.
The finer the leaves the more frequently you’ll need to mist. Green-leafed types also need more moisture than those with silvery foliage. If the leaves are curling or shriveling, they need water. these plants need no soil, in fact, if you plant them in soil, you’ll kill them. Many garden centers or floral shops carry air plants but you can also order online.
The containers you place them in are vast. I’ve seen them in everything from galvanized pipe from the hardware store to an embroidery hoop. Use a piece of wire to hold the plant against the fabric. Organic Gardening magazine suggests an old candlestick holder, a wine cork with one end hollowed out or even in an eggshell sitting on a napkin ring.
You can even use a hot glue gun to glue these plants onto anything glue sticks to!! It won’t harm the plants. Check out pinterest and google images.