What are Air Plants and How do you Decorate with Them?

If you had asked me six months ago what an air plant was I would have looked at you like you had six eyes. Let’s just say I have a bit of a black thumb. Can anyone else relate? This interest in air plants started a few months ago while I was at the local hardware store with my four year old. She was “beebopping” around like she normally does while I’m trying to make sure she doesn’t break anything. In her normal fashion, she was jumping around the garden area, her favorite spot. She stopped to touch all the “sticky” (cactus) plants. As I was about to redirect her attention to the exit sign, a nice lady approached me. She asked if I knew anything about “air plants.” Of course, I said no. She then spent a quick five minutes explaining all about them. In all of her explantation, I heard a few quick points; “they don’t have to live in soil and you only have to “mist” them once a week.” Let’s just say I was intrigued. This is where my interest in air plants started.

What are air plants?

According to Better Homes and Gardens,

“Air plants are epiphytes, meaning plants that grow without dirt. Air plants attach themselves to rocks, trees, shrubs, or the ground with their roots and are native to the southern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America.”

There are TONS of different types and varieties of air plants. I’m going to be sharing a few of the most popular varieties.

Because they don’t thrive in water or soil, these types of plants have become super popular over the past few years because they are so easy to care for.

Let’s be honest, it’s the main reason I’m interested in them!

How do you care for air plants?

Air plants require bright, indirect light either as sunlight or consistent indoor home lighting. This is another reason why they are so great for indoor plants!

It’s suggested that you only have to submerge or heavily mist your plants in water for 20-30 minutes once a week. No daily watering! It’s best to gently shake out the excess water and lay them out to dry before displaying.

Note: don’t let air plants remain wet for long periods of time.

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Where do you buy air plants?

Are you looking for faux air plants? I found a great supply of faux air plants at Hobby Lobby. You can see how I decorated them in my new office space below. This particular air plant is called the Tillandsia Xerographica.

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You can see a set of faux air pants from Amazon below. These are also the Tillandsia Xerographica plants.

faux air plant

Want to see the assortment of air plants from Target? Take a look at one below.

Air Plant

You can also purchase them at your local hardware store, if they have some in stock. I tried to find some at Home Depot, but they were out. You can also order them online. Here are some from Home Depot’s website in an assortment of types.

air plants

I purchased a set of real air plants from Amazon. They came in a brown box wrapped in pink tissue paper. This set of plants are called Tillandsia Ionantha house plants.

air plants

After I removed my air plants from the pink paper, I put them in a small bowl and let them sit for 20 minutes.

air plants

I then removed them from the bowl, slightly shook the excess water off, and laid them on a paper towel to dry.

air plant care

air plant care

Now it’s time to decorate with my new air plants!

How do you decorate or display an air plant?

Air plants are mostly seen displayed in jars, terrariums, and things like driftwood! Don’t put them in soil.

This is the fun part. I’ll share a few of my own air plant decor ideas with a few others too.

Air Plants in Driftwood;

Driftwood and other natural elements like birch wood are a great way to display your air plants.

air plant decor

Air Plants in a bread bowl;

Bread bowls and other household or decorative bowls are a great way to style and display them. They add just the right amount of green.

air plant decor
air plant decor
air plant decor

Add Air Plants to vases like milk glass;

I’ve used my air plants to add just a little color to my kitchen. The green helps break up all the white with the milk glass and the bread box.

air plant decor
air plant decor

Place Air Plants in seashells;

Another way to decorate with air plants is to place them in similar size seashells. This adds a fun “coastal” vibe.

air plant decor

Air Plants in candle holders;

Place air plants on top of candle holders instead of using candles. A great way to repurpose a candle holder with a touch of green.

air plant decor

Air Plant Terrariums;

There are so many affordable ways to buy terrarium’s with air plants like the one I found from Pottery Barn below.

air plant terrarium

Hang Air Plants in hanging holders;

Set your air plants in hanging holders like the ones I found below from Amazon.

hanging air plant decor

I hope I’ve given you a few ideas on how to decorate with air plants. If you enjoyed this post I would love for you to pin the image below to Pinterest!

air plants

12 thoughts on “What are Air Plants and How do you Decorate with Them?

  1. I have always wondered about air plants but was scared to try them. This is so helpful! Thank you for sharing these tips and thanks for joining us this week! I always love seeing what you share!

  2. I love how you’ve added them into your decor Lindsey! I’m going to have to try out some of your tips because I was never sure how to care for air plants either!

  3. Thanks for all this information on air plants since I never had a clue on how to care for them. I especially love the hanging holders! It’s also great meeting you through Jen’s blog hop.

  4. Oh wow. Am I the only one who didn’t know you could order these from Amazon?! I bought some vintage sugar molds that are perfect for these so can’t wait to order some. Featuring when my link party opens!

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