Ah Valentines Day. A time to support your local Hallmark show those who mean the most to you how much you love them. And while I love flowers and chocolates (mmm chocolates) as much as the next gal, I can’t help but think that the traditional bouquet of roses is a bit played out. Plus, roses die after a week or so, so you’ve basically spent a bunch of money on something that won’t be around in March. What’s the fun in that?
The better alternative? Air plants, of course! Not only are air plants unique and beautiful, but they are easy to care for and can last a long time – just like your love, right?
Whether you’re sending some love to a sweetheart, a family member, or just treating yourself (hey, nothing wrong with that), here are some of my favorite Valentines Day air plant gifts:
The Valentines Day Air Plant O Gram: Back by popular demand, this little cutie is perfect for the season. It features an air plant nestled in a pink sea urchin shell, in a fun craft gift box. No matter where your sweetheart lives, he or she can enjoy a bit of the beach in February (here’s looking at you, my chilly Northern friends).
A Valentines Day hanging air plant terrarium: These lovely little DIY terrarium kits feature 3 healthy air plants, moss, and red ribbon so you and your loved one can arrange the perfect air plant display. Definitely a gift that will be enjoyed long after the Russel Stover boxes are marked 50% off.
A subscription to our Tilly of the Month Club: What’s better than flower delivery? Air plant delivery! And even better than that? How about premium air plants delivered to your door for months. For the cost of a nice bouquet of roses, your sweetheart can have 3 air plants delivered to their door every month for several months! This is a great gift for the air plant lover in your life, and you can choose from a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. This is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. Just like your sweet, sweet love for them.
An Air Plant Design Studio gift card: Maybe your sweetheart is a control freak would like to choose his or her own air plant gift? A gift card is the way to go if you know your loved one would like air plants but want to give them the gift of choice. And you get to give a thoughtful surprise that is still sure to please.
Those are some of my top choices for Valentines Day. We have many more air plant terrarium and gift options, so find something that suits your sweetheart and get your order in by February 6th for guaranteed delivery by Valentines Day!
I’ll say it. I’m obsessed with air plant wedding design. I love pouring over wedding blogs and seeing new, amazing ways brides, grooms, floral and event designers are working air plants into their weddings. It almost makes me want to throw another wedding so we can use some of these ideas! (Don’t worry, Ryan. I said almost.)
So I’ve decided to round up some of my favorite air plant wedding finds, and because there are so many, I’m doing a few posts to break it up. On my last wedding post, I ran through some of my favorite beach wedding inspiration shoots featuring Tillandsia. Air plants really compliment so many wedding styles, but I especially love seeing them in a modern wedding. There is something about air plants that is at once modern and organic, so they can really shine in a more modern style of décor, while at the same time grounding some of the “edge.”
Modern + Traditional = Unexpected
The weddings that really floor me are the ones where it just completely is the bride and groom – where it’s not so much decorated or (ick) themed as it is an aesthetic reflection of the couple’s personality. This wedding featured on Wedding Chicks was a stunning mix of the couple’s modern style and the bride’s Japanese heritage. Air plants in this case helped bridge the gap between modern and traditional. I love how they used air plants amidst vibrant, lush florals in the bouquets and centerpieces to give the gorgeous flowers a bit of modern edge:
Air plants also brought an organic yet modern element to the terrariums they so artfully used throughout the wedding:
Ultra-Modern, Green Inspiration
Of course I’m going to be all about a shoot that puts air plants on center stage. This modern wedding inspiration shoot featured on The Perfect Palette just totally revolves around air plants and I think it’s perfection. I love how they play off the air plants for all of the other elements of the décor.
The groom wears just an air plant for his boutonierre, and it works perfectly with his emerald-green tie. The effect is minimalistic and modern, but inspired by nature:
And don’t even get me started on how perfect these little geometric air plant place settings are!
Modern and Homespun
In addition to being majorly obsessed with this brides dress (and air plant hair piece!!), I love how the couple incorporated their modern style into their DIY wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes. Ryan and I (with the help of some seriously phenomenal friends) put together nearly every element of our wedding ourselves, and I completely appreciate a couple that puts the work in to make it their own. Check out her amazing Xerographica bouquet!
Photo by Amanda McKinnon Photography
Air plants in this wedding did more than just echo the modern style. Because they are low maintenance and can be nestled just about anywhere, they make it super easy to achieve a high-end, unique look without going crazy over floral design. This was actually one of the reasons Ryan and I used them in our own homemade wedding and I love seeing how another couple used them in their’s:
Photo by Amanda McKinnon Photography
Are you a modern bride? Would you use air plants in your wedding? In addition to our wholesale air plant packages we will work with brides or your event designer to create a custom air plant wedding order for you - just contact us!
Since expanding our wholesale air plant selection, it’s been so fun to see how event planners, floral designers and other creative vendors use Tillandsia to enhance their events. Air plants offer the perfect mix of heartiness and unique, striking beauty which make them easy to incorporate into displays, living art, or even as gifts or favors.
Here are some of our favorite ideas for adding some fun to your business or corporate event with air plants:
Air Plants As Event Favors or Holiday Gifts
Do you really know anyone who has left a conference saying “wow, what an amazing pen they gave me”? I don’t. I would however post all sorts of social media love about an event that gifted me a little air plant terrarium or at my place setting. Or how about a sea urchin shell + Tillandsia for an easy-to-gift unique statement:
We recently had a wholesale order from a corporate event planner who wanted to gift everyone at the event one of our T-Rex air plant kits. How cool is that company? And I can guarantee you that creative event planner is going to be used again!
Want something personalized for your corporate event? We can totally do a customized air plant gift that speaks to your brand, theme, or vision.
Corporate Art Installations
Have you ever walked into an office building that was so beautifully designed that it immediately elevated your impression of the company? I’ve been in maybe two where I was really struck by the “wow” factor, and it certainly helped the overall first impression. Air plants not only bring some life into your corporate space, but they can truly be displayed as “living art” and help set your business space apart as innovative and creative.
Check out this ridiculously amazing air plant/fountain installation by the super talented Air Plant Man, featured on Design Milk. How much would you love to work in a place that featured this beauty?!
Photo and Design by Josh Rosen "AirPlantMan", Via Design-Milk.com
Air Plants to Set The Mood
From hotels and restaurants, to boutiques, to hair salons, the ambiance of a space can really influence a visitor’s experience. Tillandsia can be used in so many different ways to bring a fresh yet inviting natural element to your business.
Photo by Kevin Smith, Via ApartmentTherapy.com. Tillandsia Wall by Flora Grubb, Kevin Smith and Seth Boor
Are you an event designer? Do you specialize in corporate art installations or commercial decorating? How would you incorporate air plants into your design?
For more information on buying air plants in bulk, wholesale pricing, and custom orders, contact us. We’d love to help you enhance your design with Tillandsia!
When we first started Air Plant Design Studio less than two years ago, air plants were just starting to catch on. We’d get all sorts of blank looks from friends and family when we told them we were starting an air plant business. (“Air planes?” “Are those like succulents?”). We faced the same confusion when we told people we’d be incorporating them in our wedding. That confusion quickly turned to delight, though, when they saw the little plants in action. We found that the air plants – incorporated in our centerpieces, boutonnieres, and even my bridal bouquet – fit perfectly with our eclectic style and the tropical climate of our Florida setting.
Photography by Leslie Hollingsworth Photography
Since then, we’ve seen more and more wedding planners, floral designers, and creative DIY couples incorporate air plants into their big day. Tillandsia can be incorporated into nearly any wedding style or setting, but today we’re rounding up some of our favorite beach weddings featuring air plants.
Living in Florida, we can totally get behind a good beach wedding. There is just something so romantic about the sand between your toes, the waves as your backdrop, and the ocean breeze as your ambiance. Plus, what better way to make sure your guests (and you!) can relax and enjoy the event than to have it on the beach. Living in Florida, though, we’ve seen our fair share of beach wedding décor that can verge on, ahem, kitschy. So how do you make sure your beach wedding doesn’t look like the typical Sandals brochure? Air plants!
The rustic beach wedding:
We love this table scape from PopSugar.com's roundup of wedding beach decor which features air plants, drift wood, and messages in a bottle for a rustic “washed at sea” look:
Photo by ComfortStudio
This bridal inspiration shoot on Bridal Musings features air plants in the rustic-chic centerpieces, as well as the bride’s bouquet. The fact that tillandsia naturally have that “sea creature” look make them the perfect accent to beach décor without screaming “beach theme.”
The modern beach wedding:
Just because you’re getting married with the beach as your backdrop, doesn’t mean you can’t flaunt a modern aesthetic. I absolutely swoon over this modern beach wedding inspiration shoot by Lavender & Twine, featured on Style Me Pretty. Their use of air plants in the centerpieces, that STUNNING bouquet, the bride’s hair piece, and even the super-modern cake helps bridge the gap between the natural beauty of the beach, and clean, modern geometric shapes and bright colors.
The Glam-Bohemian Beach Wedding
This inspiration shoot, also by the amazing photographers at Lavender & Twine (I might be their new online groupie), featured on Green Wedding Shoes, blends fresh bohemian style with lush, glamorous, and feminine details for an effect that is dreamy without being overdone. Their use of air plants in this shoot bring a bit of eclectic, whimsical flair to the feminine pink and blush English Roses and florals.
Are you getting married on the beach? What's your beach wedding style? Will you incorporate air plants? Tell us in the comments below!
Is it just us or is the summer truly flying by this year? With August just a couple days away, and kids going back to school soon, many families are trying to eek out one last vacation before the fall craziness hits. If you’re one of those people, you might find yourself wondering how best to prep and care for your house plants when you’re gone.
The good news for tillandsia lovers is that air plants are the perfect “vacation plant.” Because they require minimal and infrequent care, and can most often “bounce back” from under-watering, you won’t need to add your air plants to the list of things to worry about while you’re away. Less worry = more ability to actually enjoy that vacation! Nice, right?
With some simple prep and some TLC upon your return, your tillandsia collection should be just fine for a week or two while you are gone. But because they aren’t totally maintenance-free, here are some tips to keep them happy and healthy:
1. Give your air plants a good soak one day before you leave to properly hydrate them. It is best to water tillandsia in the morning as this works with their natural process of taking in carbon dioxide from the air in the evenings. This will also give them a chance to properly dry before you leave the next day. Make sure that you dry air plants with leaves facing down so water doesn’t collect in the leaves, which could lead to rot.
2. Put your tillandsia in a place where it can get some indirect natural light, but a bit further away from the light source than you’d normally place them. As always, we don’t recommend direct sunlight for most varities of tillandsia, but this is especially important if you wont be there to give them their regular weekly soak, since light can dry them out even further.
3. Avoid putting your air plants too near an air vent. Air conditioning and heat can both dry out your tillandsia, and you’ll want to pay particular attention to this if you’re going away for some time.
4. Upon returning home from you vacation, pour yourself a glass of wine make sure you give your air plants a good soak. Again, morning is best to do this, so if you don’t get home until the evening, you can mist them if they look particularly dry, and then soak them the next day. If they still look dry two days after the initial soak, you can give them another bath – just make sure they fully dry out between soakings.
See? Nothing to worry about! At least as far as your air plants are concerned. Now get packing and enjoy your summer vacation!
From our honeymoon. Take me back to this place please.
One of the best things about air plants is that they require minimal maintenance as compared to many other house plants. However, this doesn’t mean that they are maintenance-free, and just like with most plants, the three main factors that can affect their health and life span are: air, water and light. We’ve talked fairly extensively about watering your air plants, so today we’ll talk a bit more about light.
In general, tillandsias (AKA air plants) prefer bright, but indirect, filtered light. We recommend either south or north facing windows as opposed to east or west, as these tend to get more indirect light.
We’ve experimented with air plants throughout our house and the ones that seem to do best are near our kitchen window, which is partially shaded by outside trees – so they get plenty of natural, filtered light.
The humidity of your environment can also dictate how much direct light air plants can handle. In general, if your air plants are living in a more humid environment, they will be able to handle a bit more sunlight since they will not dry out as quickly. For example, air plants living outside in the humid Florida environment can often do OK with more sun.ost air plants do not do well with direct or full sun.
Because they require indirect light, air plants make great office plants as long as they get some light, either indirectly from a window source, or artificially from full spectrum fluorescent lights.
Of course as with anything in nature, there are exceptions. Some of the silver-leafed air plants can handle more direct sunlight. The great Xerographica air plant is one of the few tillandsias that can take full sun (read more about the Xerographica here).
We recommend that you experiment with positioning your air plants in different lighting situations to see how they respond best. Where have you seen your air plants thrive the most? What lighting has NOT worked for your air plants?
It's easy to see why the Xerographica air plant is a favorite of ours, and among many tillandsia enthusiasts. A slow-growing epiphyte, the Xerographica gets its name from the Greek words xeros ("dry) and graphia ("writing"), and originates in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. This stately and large plant is characterized by its full and striking spherical shape.
Beacause of its full and striking shape, it is a favorite among florists and designers in tablescapes, tillandsia arrangements, and even wedding bouquets. Their impressive size and spherical shape have even inspired brides to use them on their own as a simple, modern alternative to a full bouquet. I used a large Xerographica in my wedding bouquet, along with simple white hydrangeas, craspedia (billy balls) and baby's breath (read more about how we used air plants in our wedding here):
These hearty air plants need somewhat less water than other air plants, and do well with mistings rather than soaks(a quick dunk in water works well too). You can also change the look of your Tillandsia Xerographica by the amount you water it: less water will cause its leaves to be more tightly curled, whereas more frequent waterings will cause the leaves to loosen a bit for a fuller shape. Xerographica air plants are also one of the few tillandsias that can handle direct sunlight. Of course the care of your Xerographica and frequency of watering should be adjusted depending on your climate and where you keep is. Read more air plant care tips here.
Do you love the Xerographica air plant as much as we do? How would you decorate with it?
Don't hate us, but the weather has been pretty nice in our hometown of Tampa, FL. Many of our customers though have been trudging through a winter of snow, ice, and frigid temperatures - even in the Southern states. While air plants are the perfect all-weather house plant since they can be so easily cared for indoors, the cold weather does pose a challenge when it comes to shipping the plants.
Because of the colder temperatures, we've adjusted our shipping methods a bit. We ship all packages Priority to ensure the speediest possible route, but we have also been avoiding sending orders at the end of the week as this means the package has a greater chance of sitting in a cold shipping warehouse over the weekend. Because of this, some of our customers might experience a slight delay in shipment. So, if you place an order with us at the end of the week (i.e. Thursday or Friday), please understand that we will do our best to get it to your door as quickly as possible, but we may also decide to hold the package over the weekend for the health of the plants.
And, as we have unfortunately experienced, even with our most carefully timed shipments, sometimes the weather en route to some of our Northern customers has just proved to be too cold for the plants. If you are living somewhere that has been experiencing freezing temperatures, we strongly recommend that you track your package and make sure that you can be available to bring it inside immediately when it arrives. If the plants sit for too long in snow, ice or cold, they will not do well. Working and unable to get home to bring your air plants inside in time? Consider having the package sent to your office or workplace instead, or bribing a neighbor to keep them warm until you get home.
As always, your satisfaction is our #1 priority, so if you do have issues with your plants, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will make it right. For more tips on caring for your plants in all sorts of climates and conditions, be sure to visit our air plant care page.
-Ryan + Meriel
We get lots of questions on air plant watering methods on our Facebook Page so I wanted to expand on this a bit. While tillandsias (AKA Air Plants) are easier to care for than many other plant varieties, they do require some maintenance and TLC - and water is a big factor in their overall health. Here are some questions we often get on the subject of watering your air plants, and our advice:
How much water do my air plants need and how frequently do I water them?
This depends largely on your climate, and where you're keeping the air plants. We live in Tampa, FL so most of the year, it's fairly humid here, and we're not running the heat in our house during the winter like our friends up North (not trying to rub it in, I swear!). We normally water our plants about once per week, but those in dryer climates will need to water more frequently. You will find that you might need to water your plants less depending on the time of year. Also, it depends where in your home or workspace you keep them. A humid bathroom will keep the plants more moist, but you'll probably need to give more frequent watering to those near an air vent or heat source. (Note: we don't recommend you keep your plants near heat sources).
Note: while humidity can delay the drying process, humidity itself is not a sufficient watering method!
What is the best way to water air plants?
Again, you'll want to adjust watering methods based on your climate, but we recommend that you soak your plants in water at least once per week. You can use a bowl, bucket, your sink...something that allows you to completely submerge the air plants. Soak for 30-60 minutes at least once a week, and if you're in a drier climate, give them a longer soak for an hour or more every other week.
After soaking, you will want to let the air plants dry completely. Turn them over and lightly shake them or set them to dry with their leaves facing down. Don't let water sit in the leaves, or the plants could rot. The plants should be put somewhere that has good circulation, and the plants should be able to completely dry within 4 hours. If your plants live in globe or terrarium, make sure they completely dry out before returning them home!
Once soaking your plants, you will notice how wide and open the leaves are and how much more "happy" they appear. This is how a hydrated air plant should look! Over time you will notice that when the color becomes slightly dull and the leaves begin to close/curl that your tillandsia is thirsty and you should give them another good soak. If your air plant is really struggling, try soaking for several hours or even over night to see if you can re-hydrate the plant. As always, make sure they are able to dry out completely before soaking or misting again.
You can also mist the plants in between waterings. This can be a great way to keep plants healthy and give the some extra love if you live in a drier climate. Misting is not a substitution for a good soak, though, so soak those plants!
What kind of water should I use? Is tap water OK to water my air plants with?
Air plants aren't too picky when it comes to water, and most tap water is just fine, but it depends on the water quality in your area. The best water to use: rain water, aquarium water, or pond water because these are more rich in nutrients (note: if using one of these waters, don't add any additional fertilizer). If you are using tap water, let the water stand for several hours for the chlorine to dissipate(maybe 24 hours in some areas.)
Do NOT use distilled water as this type of water is actually too "pure" and will pull the nutrients out of the plants. Also, don't use artificially softened water, as it is often too high in salt content for tillandsias.
What is the best time of day to water my air plants?
We recommend soaking your air plants in the morning so that they dry thoroughly over the course of the day. Some indirect sunlight will help dry them more quickly, and you can check on them before you go to bed and put them back in their terrariums or displays.
Those are the most common questions we get about watering air plants. Did we answer yours? If not, just ask! Need more air plant care tips? Visit our Air Plant Care Page.
I have to admit, I am a little embarrassed that we are just now sharing this post with you, seeing as how we got married on October 5th. Better late than never, though, right?
First, us: Ryan and I met years ago through his sister and were almost instantly friends, though it took us a couple years to realize we were meant to be more. He proposed on a random, windy Tuesday night - no fanfare, just us, a total surprise and totally perfect. We knew we wanted our wedding to skip the fanfare as well, and so we planned a simple ceremony and cozy party with our family and friends at the Sanchez House in St. Augustine, FL:
St. Augustine was significant to us as well because it's where we both first fell in love with air plants, one weekend trip together as we strolled the shops in this beautiful, historic village. Obviously, our wedding had to feature air plants.
With the help (as in, serious creative genius) of my amazing bridesmaids, we incorporated air plants into just about every element of our wedding decor. They graced our simple floral arrangements:
They brought some modern flair to the 1700s era architecture of the house:
We made air plant boutonnieres for all the groomsmen, and I made special ones for the dads and for Ryan. I was so proud of how they came out:
And my masterpiece, albeit the most challenging Tillandsia feature of our wedding: my bouquet:
I knew I wanted something not so traditional for my bouquet, and the Xerographica Tillandsia had to be part of it. I am also mildly obsessed with Crespedias (AKA "Billy Balls"), and I wanted their pop of yellow in the boutonnieres as well as my bouquet. I softened the modern look of the Xerographic and Billy Balls with giant white Hydrangeas and sprigs of Baby's Breath. I tied it all together with rustic twine and a bit of completely ethereal french silk ribbon from Frou Frou Chic.
The day truly turned out to be perfect, an intimate and joyful day tied together with home-made details that made it all the more personal. You are going to think I'm making this up, but before we held the ceremony, it had sprinkled a bit, and then the weather cleared to a perfect rainbow right over the alter before we said our vows. Really, I have photographic evidence:
So what do you think? Would you feature air plants in your wedding? For us, they truly were the perfect accent to so many elements of our day, and allowed us to feel even more like we were inviting our guests into a cozy, intimate celebration that felt just like home.
An extra special thank you to our A-M-A-Z-I-N-G wedding photographer, friend, and all around sweetheart Leslie Hollingsworth for capturing the day just perfectly. Talented doesn't even begin to describe.