I would like to try something new and do a weekly topic once in a while on the blog, and hopefully get Brian more involved with it as well.
I thought Indoor Plants would be a great first topic.
We live in a small apartment, and by that I mean teany tiny, add a huge dog into the mix, and the place feels even smaller. Decorating with brighter color posters and paintings has helped a little but after a lot of experimentation I have found that adding a few plants into the mix has made a huge difference.
First up: Tillandsia (aka Air Plant)
Every time I have seen these plants I have felt too intimidated to buy one because it seems the care of one would be extreme, but after a lot of research I have decided to step it up and finally get a few. Hopefully they will survive.
- Brand New- First off, marvel at how awesome this plant looks and feels. Then soak the plant in a water bath for about half an hour and let it dry off.
- Lighting- These guys need to be under indirect light or fluorescent indoor light. If you leave them under direct sunlight they can also survive but will dry out quicker so you need to water the plants more often.
- Temperature- These plants are durable and can survive anywhere between 50 and 90 degrees F
- Watering- Even though they are “Air Plants”, the one thing they need is a lot of water. Once a week will keep them green but will not keep them thriving or growing, for that they need to be watered 2 – 3 times per week. To water just let the plant soak in some water for about 20 – 30 minutes. Once a month you should let the air plant soak for a longer period of time, 2 – 3 hours. The great thing about them is that these plants are very forgiving, so if you forget to water them once or twice (or go away on vacation), dont fret, the plant will survive and will just need another long soak in the tub when you remember.
- Fertilizer- Not necessary but if you want the plant to grow any pups (new buds), you should spray some fertilizer about once a month on to the plant
The best part about these plants is that you can place them anywhere: up on a wall (as pictured above), in a container or terrarium (just make sure there is some air circulation), outside under a covered patio/porch or even right on your desk at home/work.
Do they seem like too much work for your household? Would you give air plants a chance? Or have you already tried and had some success/fails?