Air plant spiral DIY

Air plants are part of the fascinating Tillandsia genus that grow without soil. There are over 500 enchanting species that really showcase the weird and wonderful creations of Mother Nature. Add a sassy spark to the patio with Life is a Garden’s air plant spiral. 

Fun fact: The closest cousin of the air plant is the pineapple bush! Also, this genus is non-toxic to pets and children.  

Did you know? Air plants are Epiphytes, meaning they grow on other plants and natural objects (non-parasitically). They are found all over the world and often in the oddest, most unlikely places. 

  

To make an air plant spiral you will need: 

  • A stunning air plant (available at a GCA Garden Centre) 
  • A beautiful river stone  
  • Pliers  
  • Galvanised soft wire (not copper as it is toxic to air plants)  
  • A flat surface to work on  
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 How to: 

  • Spray your air plant with purified water and set aside to drip dry  
  • Depending on the size of the plant, estimate how much wire you would need. For our small air plant, we used just over a metre of wire.  
  • Cut the wire using the pliers (big brothers or sisters may need to help out). 
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  • Wrap the wire around the stone and secure with a looped knot.  
  • Next comes the fun part! Spiral the end of your wire so that it will cradle your air plant gently. This may take some re-bending and sizing to get a good fit. Take care not to damage the air plant foliage during the process and this may stress the plant.  
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  • Depending on the age of the green fingers at play, you could get really creative and big with your spirals. We chose a rather simple design to allow our little lady to really do it all herself.   
  • Your DIY living décor is now ready to be enjoyed as inspiring table, wall, or centrepiece décor.  
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omes, November, garden, air, soilless, Greenery, life is a garden, decor, hanging, staghorn, butzii, colour, soil

Did you know? Air plants are native to Mexico, Central America, South America, Florida, the Caribbean, and are even found in arid deserts where they get their moisture from morning dew.  

Remember to check out what our air plant industry expert had to say about successful Tillandsia growing here: https://www.lifeisagarden.co.za/sassy-soilless-gardening/. You will be able to find a selection of air plants, mounting accessories, and fertilisers at your GCA Garden Centre. The kids will certainly enjoy the outing and seeing all the unique soilless plants!  

 

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