6 Ways to Decorate With Tillandsias

6 Ways to Decorate With Tillandsias

Susie Nadler
Sep 17, 2009

Tillandsias, or air plants, are trendy right now, and with good reason. They're easy to care for and require very little water. Each plant seems to have its own personality, with tendrils curving or spiking in their own unique and beautiful ways. Click through for a few thoughts on how to decorate with these strange and lovely plants...

Indoor tillandsias require only a weekly misting with water and (like many houseplants) bright, indirect light. You can also submerge your tillandsias in water for a few hours once every couple of weeks and forgo the misting; this is evidently a more foolproof way to keep them happy, but our own are doing just fine with mist.

A few ways to incorporate air plants into your decor:

• At a dinner party, decorate each place setting with a tillandsia set in a votive cup or just centered on the napkin or plate. You can use cute aluminum plant tags to make them into place cards.

• For a little bit of live plant adornment on your home accessories, use wire or twine to attach a tillandsia to the end of a lamp cord or to the end of the cord on your blinds. You can also affix an air plant to a curtain tieback in lieu of a tassel.

Nestle a few tillandsias among your houseplants and orchids. Use them to disguise soil at the base of potted trees.

• Tillandsias are great in flower arrangements, nestled among the stems. You can even take the opposite approach and use a larger tillandsia as the base that anchors a bouquet of flimsier flowers, tucking the stems in among the tillandsia's leaves.

• These little plants also do very well in the bathroom. They love a steamy environment, and their muted colors will help create a peaceful atmosphere.

• For a party, hang tillandsias along a string of lights as natural lampshades.

We'd love to hear how you use airplants to decorate your home... do tell!

(Images: Southern Living; Martha Stewart; Flora Grubb Gardens)

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