Air plants: The lazy person's solution to gardening | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

If you don’t find yourself to be that nurturing, you just found your soul mate in plant form: the air plant. These babies don’t need soil and only require your love and attention once a week. Plus, there’s something really interesting about a plant that looks slightly displaced from its habitat. Seriously, how do they survive?! But since this is the case, they’re not just super easy to take care of, there are also so lots of fun ways to show them off.

Displayed in Light Bulbs

If you don’t plan on spending too much just to house these plants, you can always use old light bulbs. This is a very novel way of keeping your plants and it can be used for lots of things. You can keep it strictly for display purposes only, you can turn it into a paper weight, you can give it as a gift, or you can keep it as a miniature terrarium. The choice is yours.

Hanging out from the Ceiling

Something even more dimensional would be to suspend them from the ceiling so you had a whole colony of air plants just hanging around. This adds a lot of interest to a room and it’s an incredibly simple DIY project. Just place a few air plants in differently shaped plastic containers, preferably those that already come with hooks, and fill them with decorative stones. If they already come with hooks, just loop one end of thread or twine around them. If they don’t, punch a couple of holes and loop the thread through the punctures. Screw some hooks to your ceiling and then tie the other end of your string there! For more fun, the thread should be of varying lengths so that your garden hangs at random heights.

Mounted on a Plaque

Like a badge of honor, this plaque is a salute to your green thumb. It’s much nicer to look at than a pair of real deer antlers or a decapitated bear’s head. You can totally appreciate the botanical aesthetics of such a display. Plus, no plants or animals were harmed in the making of this piece.

Potted in an Owl

Well, you sure are creative! But this can still be really unique because air plants are shaped in a way that is reminiscent of pretty unruly hair. If you crown this plant atop of something like an owl’s cranium, the owl would look ready for a rave!

Piled on Driftwood

The air plant isn’t vain; it doesn’t have to be the center of attention all the time. It would be perfectly OK in a supporting role. On this beautiful piece of driftwood, you can stick these air plants in the crevices to add more depth and character to an otherwise dull ornament. The combination of brown and green are so earthy and soothing, it can bring a relaxing element to your abode.

The great thing about air plants is that you can keep a whole lot of them, and they would still be easy to maintain. Think of them as a not-so-needy boyfriend; you’ll have to clean up after them, water them, nurture them, love them – and no matter how often you go astray tending to other plants, you can always come back to number one.

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