I mentioned on Twitter the other night just how out of hand my plant obsession is becoming, I have a wide assortment of plants In my very small flat ranging from a rather large family of Cacti to an Aloe Vera stock that could probably aid a small burns ward. 

The newest addition to my plant family is the air plant, ever since I saw them on Pinterest I became fascinated with them, I'd spend ages just researching them and finding out how they work, I realise this sounds very strange  I should probably get a life, but once something interests me I just have to know everything about it. I didn't actually get to own any myself until Christmas when my mum surprised me with a large box full to the brim with them (Thanks Mum, Thanks Dad).  

I also posted a picture on my Instagram and you guys seemed really keen on them as well *yay* so I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks for helping them grow and using them for decorations around your house, I hope you like it :)

How to care for Tillandsia | Air Plants and Decoration Tips & Tricks by The Goodowl
All of my Plants are purchased from Love Tillys

How To Care For Air Plants

Tillandsia, aka the Pinterest famous 'Air Plant' is an Epiphyte which means they do not need soil, instead they gain their nutrients from air and water. Despite their fragile appearance these plants are a lot more hardy than your usual house plant, so good news if your prone to killing your little green plant friends! Instead of potting these bizarre looking green aliens the traditional plant way, you mount them on the wall or place them in whatever on earth you fancy, this makes them the perfect plant to get creative with, one of my favourite ways is to 'plant them' is to hang them In the specially made glass baubles. 

Although they are house plants they thrive in cooler places so don't put them near any heat sources, they also need plenty of indirect sunlight to help them grow so I recommend placing them just beside any south,east or west facing windows. To water them, you mist them using a spray bottle, two to three times a week. Do not allow them to sit In water, mist them out of there pots (If there In one) and allow to dry In bright light before placing back (Don't leave them to dry in direct light for more than 4hrs, also don't let them dry too quickly) If the tips of the plant start to brown or look a little dry give them a water bath In room temperature water for up to 2 hours.  If your home is particularly hot and you use the central heating more, I'd recommend doing this water bath treatment every two weeks.

 

Decorating Tips For Air Plants

Hanging Glass Baubles - Air Planters by The Goodowl
Hanging Glass Baubles - Air Planters by The Goodowl

Hanging Glass Baubles 

For Christmas my mum also bought me these gorgeous glass baubles to plant my Tillandsia's In, I decided to hang them In the corner of my bedroom just In front of my Geometric wall DIY. Having plants around the house gives your rooms such a fresh and calming vibe, just a simple plant can really make a difference to your living space. 

You can either hang these with twine like I have, or you could use a transparent wire like fishing wire to make them appear like they are floating, they are extremely light weight so be careful not to position them where there is a draft. For the actual decoration of the baubles I chose to just have the air plants peering out, but as there is room you could also choose to decorate the baubles with other things like moss or sand.

Mini Jam Jar terrarium Tillandsia, Air Plants by The Goodowl
Tillandsia, Air Plants in glass jam jars by The Goodowl

Jam Jar Terrariums

Another way to display your Tillandsia's is by placing them in terrariums. However some terrariums can be quite expensive so I devised a super thrifty way to display them in things you probably have lying around in your cupboard, Jam and sauce jars. Needless to say the instructions are pretty straightforward all you have to do is give the jars a good clean and soak off the labels in hot water. 

Once the labels are off you can either fill up the jars with what ever you like, I chose sand and shells as it gave a slightly tropical vibe, something I'm needing this month to remind me just what sunshine looks like! I always keep a hold of glass jars once I've finished with them, I use them for loads of different DIY products from candles to decorations. 

How to care for Tillandsia, Air Plants
What do you think, Would you ever keep these Plants? If you have kept them I'd love to hear your tips and tricks, leave a comment below :)
I mentioned on Twitter the other night just how out of hand my plant obsession is becoming, I have a wide assortment of plants In my very small flat ranging from a rather large family of Cacti to an Aloe Vera stock that could probably aid a small burns ward. 

The newest addition to my plant family is the air plant, ever since I saw them on Pinterest I became fascinated with them, I'd spend ages just researching them and finding out how they work, I realise this sounds very strange  I should probably get a life, but once something interests me I just have to know everything about it. I didn't actually get to own any myself until Christmas when my mum surprised me with a large box full to the brim with them (Thanks Mum, Thanks Dad).  

I also posted a picture on my Instagram and you guys seemed really keen on them as well *yay* so I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks for helping them grow and using them for decorations around your house, I hope you like it :)

How to care for Tillandsia | Air Plants and Decoration Tips & Tricks by The Goodowl
All of my Plants are purchased from Love Tillys

How To Care For Air Plants

Tillandsia, aka the Pinterest famous 'Air Plant' is an Epiphyte which means they do not need soil, instead they gain their nutrients from air and water. Despite their fragile appearance these plants are a lot more hardy than your usual house plant, so good news if your prone to killing your little green plant friends! Instead of potting these bizarre looking green aliens the traditional plant way, you mount them on the wall or place them in whatever on earth you fancy, this makes them the perfect plant to get creative with, one of my favourite ways is to 'plant them' is to hang them In the specially made glass baubles. 

Although they are house plants they thrive in cooler places so don't put them near any heat sources, they also need plenty of indirect sunlight to help them grow so I recommend placing them just beside any south,east or west facing windows. To water them, you mist them using a spray bottle, two to three times a week. Do not allow them to sit In water, mist them out of there pots (If there In one) and allow to dry In bright light before placing back (Don't leave them to dry in direct light for more than 4hrs, also don't let them dry too quickly) If the tips of the plant start to brown or look a little dry give them a water bath In room temperature water for up to 2 hours.  If your home is particularly hot and you use the central heating more, I'd recommend doing this water bath treatment every two weeks.

 

Decorating Tips For Air Plants

Hanging Glass Baubles - Air Planters by The Goodowl
Hanging Glass Baubles - Air Planters by The Goodowl

Hanging Glass Baubles 

For Christmas my mum also bought me these gorgeous glass baubles to plant my Tillandsia's In, I decided to hang them In the corner of my bedroom just In front of my Geometric wall DIY. Having plants around the house gives your rooms such a fresh and calming vibe, just a simple plant can really make a difference to your living space. 

You can either hang these with twine like I have, or you could use a transparent wire like fishing wire to make them appear like they are floating, they are extremely light weight so be careful not to position them where there is a draft. For the actual decoration of the baubles I chose to just have the air plants peering out, but as there is room you could also choose to decorate the baubles with other things like moss or sand.

Mini Jam Jar terrarium Tillandsia, Air Plants by The Goodowl
Tillandsia, Air Plants in glass jam jars by The Goodowl

Jam Jar Terrariums

Another way to display your Tillandsia's is by placing them in terrariums. However some terrariums can be quite expensive so I devised a super thrifty way to display them in things you probably have lying around in your cupboard, Jam and sauce jars. Needless to say the instructions are pretty straightforward all you have to do is give the jars a good clean and soak off the labels in hot water. 

Once the labels are off you can either fill up the jars with what ever you like, I chose sand and shells as it gave a slightly tropical vibe, something I'm needing this month to remind me just what sunshine looks like! I always keep a hold of glass jars once I've finished with them, I use them for loads of different DIY products from candles to decorations. 

How to care for Tillandsia, Air Plants
What do you think, Would you ever keep these Plants? If you have kept them I'd love to hear your tips and tricks, leave a comment below :)

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