Air Plants or Tillandsias are the newest trend in modern home decor for plants. I was so intrigued by them and knew I had to have some. But, how do I incorporate such a modern plant into my vintage home decor? Here’s how I did it…
First off let me tell you a little bit about these amazing plants. They are Epithytic plants, which means they grow in the wild attached to trees, like Bromeliads or Orchids. This is why they have minimal to no roots and are not grown in soil. They capture all their nutrients from rain in the wild through their leaves and absorb it into their leaves.
I didn’t want to get a whole bunch at first. I just wanted to start off with a few and see how I did with them. I purchased my set through Amazon and they arrived very quickly and in really great condition. Here is a link to this listing. Or Mountain Crest Gardens has a good selection of air plants and accessories.
There were care instructions in the box and I followed them by first soaking the plants in luke warm water for 20 minutes. After this I gave them a good shake to get the excess water off and placed them on a towel to dry thoroughly for 4 hours.
Once I was assured that they were dry, I started placing them in my living room and dining room. I have on display many collections of vintage teacups and dishes. I wanted to use these items to hold my new air plants. For maintenance, you do the same soaking and drying routine once a week.
This ceramic planter I got from Good will recently and it was perfect for these two Tillandsias. I placed styrofoam peanuts inside to help prop up the plants and avoid them sinking down.
Right next to the planter are these teacups. I also used styrofoam peanuts to prop this little guy up. The plants may be small now, but there’s plenty of room for them to grow.
In my living room I have a corner hutch that holds my milk glass collection and Dutch Blue/White dishes collection. The green of the air plants really pops against the white of the milk glass. This is a wonderful example of marrying the two styles of Vintage and Modern.
I definitely plan on getting more Tillandsias and displaying them in my vintage dishes. Now, this is just one way of displaying air plants. There are many DIY projects you can do to create a display.
How about creating a moss and wreath display? The Rainforest Garden has an easy tutorial of this beauty.
This site has 6 different ways to showcase your Tillandsias. The Contemporist.
I hope this gives you some inspiration on merging two completely different styles together and using treasures you already have. Do you have some air plants? How do you display them?