Creating With Tillandsias
I use these little babies for my creative endeavors
I love tillandsias, commonly known as air plants or tillys, and have been using them in creative designs for years. These days I’m busy making Christmas ornaments accented with tillandsias and succulents for our upcoming book. I am thrilled to tell you that we are now selling them on our website. You can check out that page for yourself right HERE. In the meantime, here are a few ideas of what you can do with them and as usual there’s a video waiting at the end.
wall hangings shown here with succulents
as conversation pieces
in a hanging moss basket
a kissing ball
attached to a piece of wood & draped with spanish moss
artfully arranged on a branch
decorating a candlestick
as accents in a centerpiece
in a mussel shell as an hanging ornament
Care couldn’t be simpler. Tillandsias are low maintenance plants that only require water. Most varieties do fine with weekly misting, but others need to be soaked in water for 15-20 minutes a week. Direct sunlight is not recommended, but often times will inspire color within some varieties. Resist the urge to plant your tillandsia in soil – it will harm the plant.
In nature they are epiphytes which means they grow on other plants. Misting or soaking will depend on your weather – more frequently when hot, and less frequently when cold. Be sure to shake any excess water off your plant to prevent it from rotting out. And, don’t soak a tillandsia which is in flower.
Lucy and I visited the greenhouses where the tillandsias we’re selling are grown. Bench after bench full of these beauties each one as interesting as the last. Lucy took these pictures so I’m leaving the choices up to her. I wanted them all!
Yes, tillandsias are fun to play with and can be used in so many ways. Kids find them fascinating and it’s a great way to introduce them to the world of horticulture. Anyone else love tillandsias as much as we do?
P.S. You can have fun with tillandsias too. Check out the ones we have for sale right HERE.
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