Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gettin' Some Air

I was email chatting with my friend in Texas about starting up a terrarium, and she was kind enough to send me some air plants, a.k.a. Tillandsia. She sent me several varieties, including Ionantha 'Peanut' (the tiny one), Ionantha "Mexican' (not visible here), and Ionantha 'Mexican'-the clumping one in the foreground (the names may be mixed up, I'm new to the air plant game).

This beauty that just bloomed is Ionantha 'Druid', I sure hope I can keep it happy enough to bloom again! I stuck her in this pot with my carnivorous plant that died back, if it returns later I can set the air plant elsewhere. They absorb water through their leaves and not a root system, so containers for air plants can be just about anything.

Like this orchid planter that didn't work out so well...poor thing.

There! Much better (and greener.)

Now I can explore the world of terrarium gardening, and the "air" around here is improving already!


Anonymous said...

Love the container!
Btw, the last time I soaked my tilandsias, I added about 3 drops of orchid food to the water. I'm wondering if that's what brought on the amazing blooms I'm getting right now?

Garden Broad said...

Hey-great idea about the fertilizer! Thank you :)