Quenching Summer Thirst: How To Care For Air Plants and Succulents
The beautiful weather and blooming gardens that come with spring and summer are urging us to incorporate a piece of nature into our home decor this time of year. If you are feeling this same desire to improve your summer aesthetic, you may also be concerned about the constant watering and maintenance that accompany house plants. Don't lose hope though – adding air plants and succulents to your home can spice up your living space with minimal care.
‘Air plants’ is the common name for Tillandsia, a genus of plants native to Central and South America, the southern United States, and the West Indies. They're called ‘air plants’ as they absorb moisture and nutrients from the air and do not require soil. There is a common myth that air plants only need air to grow and survive, but they do need water and sunlight as well.
Air Plant Care 101:
- Air ~ Make sure that your plant is not sealed up in a closed container so fresh air can circulate freely around it.
- Light ~ Air plants prefer bright, indirect light, so find a bright spot in your home where the sun doesn’t directly hit the plant.
- Water ~ Place your air plant in a bath for 30 minutes to an hour, submerging it fully in water. After the bath is finished, turn the plant upside down to remove any water pooling inside the leaves. In the summer air plants will need to be soaked weekly, but a bath every three weeks is sufficient during the winter.
The species of air plant available at Room 2046 include the Tillandsia xerographica and the Tillandsia fresnelloensis. Since air plants do not have to be planted in a typical pot or planter, you can place them almost anywhere in your house. Try a glass bell jar, a terrarium, or even a hanging shoe!
Like air plants, mini succulents are simple and natural home accessories adding vitality to your living space. Succulents store water in their leaves, and are generally considered to be drought resistant and low maintenance.
Succulent Care 101:
- Light ~ Succulents should be placed in a well lit area with natural light, but avoid any areas with intense and direct sunlight.
- Water ~ Succulents can be watered easily using a spray bottle filled with water, but be careful not to overwater them. Spray your succulents when their soil is dry to the touch, which is approximately every seven to ten days.
Succulents must be planted in soil, so look for a stylish pot to display your plant in. There are many different varieties of succulents. Try mixing it up by pairing three different species together in a Boxcar Planter Set.
Air plants and succulents are beautiful additions to your home all year round, but are especially convenient during the busy summer months. Whether you are jet-setting across the globe or relaxing in your backyard, these plants won't take time out of your summer schedule. If you do have some extra free time, come visit us in store for a coffee, a chat, and a peek at our summer goodies.