in lieu of buying fresh flowers this week, i decided to try my hand at air plants.
don't they look like pineapple tops? i love their perkiness!
i chose a few of the most common variety, tillandsia.
i found them on etsy.
they're so tiny!
even their roots are adorable:
having an extensive supply of little containers, i was definitely excited to pot my little air plants. because they don't like to sit in water -- neither do i! i can't stand that pruny feeling! -- they shouldn't be potted in soil like traditional houseplants.
instead, i used gravel:
now, here's the hard part:
pour the gravel into a container of your choosing...
...then plop the air plant in!
this is a wall-mounted glass votive holder from cb2.
container options are nearly limitless --
as long as the plant will get good air flow.
i also tried out a vintage milk glass bowl with larger stones:
i like the ramrod straight leaves with the undulating rim of the dish.
...and my favorite-favorite of all -- a vintage brass trinket dish!
it's divided into three small compartments so i plopped an air plant in each one.
the only thing i didn't love about it was the lid that folded straight back:
so i used a tiny twig to prop it forward as so:
the instructions that came with my air plants said to submerge them in water once a week. sounds easy enough!
i'll keep you updated on my success or failure with these...
what do you think?
are you going to give air plants a try?
...or have you already?
and if so, do you have any tips for me??