Unique Houseplant Projects

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 22, 2016 11:49:32 AM

Gardening becomes a bit of a challenge in the winter months. The plants are dormant, the weather is chilly and the soil is unworkable. Whatever is a plant nerd to do? Indoor gardening of course!

 

Here are some of our favorite fun houseplant projects to keep the winter blues at bay. 


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Tillandsia (Air Plants)

Unusual, easy, eye-catching, these are all words to describe the air plant. Although they look more like aliens than plants, they are actually epiphytes native to South America.

Design Tip

The best part about Tillandsia* is their versatility, they can be suspended like ornaments, encapsulated in glass globes or nestled into a festive centerpiece. The possibilities are endless!

Learn More About Tillandsia 

 

 

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Bonsai

The word "Bonsai" in Japanese literally translates "tray planting", so almost anything can be a bonsai. It's the art of dwarfing a plant in a small container, and maintaining it through careful pruning, watering and fertilizing. 

Design Tip

For a festive winter centerpiece, try decorating an evergreen bonsai with ornaments, like the Christmas tree pictured, courtesy of the Sacramento Bonsai Club

 

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Succulents 

Succulents lend themselves well to miniature gardens because they root easily from cuttings; just break off a piece, plop it in a pot with E.B. Stone Cactus Mix, water, and wait. Succulents are best in bright light (within four feet of a window) and after the initial planting, water them only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Design Tip

Succulents make beautiful "living walls" - simply stick cuttings into a vertical surface with a medium like moss, secure using wire and mist occasionally. 

 

 

 

fairy_garden_supplies-830079-edited.jpgFairy Gardening

Fairy gardening is a catch-all term for crafting a tiny landscape with an enchanting fantasy feel. In many ways it's similar to bonsai, you're seeking to create a garden in a confined space, and the limit is your imagination. Accessories like the mushrooms pictured help define your fairy garden, so be sure to stop by our Garden Décor* section. 

 

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Design Tip

Don't just fall for flowers, there are many petite foliage plants that look quite charming nestled into a terrarium or container garden. 

Learn More About Fairy Gardens 

* Not available at our Sacramento location. 

Curious about more creative ways to bring the outdoors in this winter?

Check out our  DIY Inspiration




Topics: Winter, Air Plants, Airplants, Tillandsia, Decorating, Pot-Ups, Succulents

Tillandsia: Easy, Impressive and Versatile

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jul 22, 2014 9:55:00 AM

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Tillandsia (air plants) are rising stars as house plants.

 

Air plants are unusual members of the Bromeliad family that do not require soil to grow. They have few roots, and instead rely on their leaves to uptake water and nutrients. They make unique looking and easy-to-grow house plants, which thrive in bright, indirect light. Native to South and Central America and parts of the Southern United States, Tillandsia are surprisingly simple to care for and very fun to arrange.

Be Creative
The decorative possibilities are endless! Air plants are easily slipped into the nooks and crannies of shells, driftwood, knicknacks or nearly anything you can imagine. They can also be glued into their mount, but it does make them slightly more difficult to water.

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Try These Cool Display Ideas

  • Set Tillandsia on gnarled pieces of wood to mimic their natural habitat

  • Place Tillandsia in shells or containers with sand for a beachy look

  • Suspend Tillandsia in glass globes with fishing line for a dreamy, ethereal feel

  • Use found objects such as pottery and knicknacks for a fun eclectic display

Plant Care Couldn't Be Easier!

 A Dash of Sunlight

Air plants do best in bright, indirect light such as near an east or north facing window.  If placing your Tillandsia outdoors, be sure to situate them in shade or dappled sunlight. They do not tolerate extreme cold or frost, so be sure to bring any outdoor Tillandsia inside for the winter.

 

A Splash of Water

Thoroughly soak indoor plants 2-3 times a week, and outdoor plants 3-4 times a week in the warmer months. Watering can be reduced to as little as once a week in the winter, depending on the temperature and lighting. Be sure to shake off excess water before setting air plants back in their mount, avoid letting them sit in water for long periods of time.


Thin-leaved varieties will benefit from occasional misting in between waterings, especially if they are placed outdoors. Leaves curling inward is a sign of insufficient water, and leaves turning black is a sign of overwatering. 

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A Little Pinching

Feel free to trim away any dried-up leaves at the base of your Tillandsia if it begins to look unkempt. Keep in mind that many Tillandsia species are monocarpic, meaning they complete their life cycle after flowering and reproduce by tiny offsets surrounding the mother plant. Try to avoid severing these pups while grooming your tillandsia.

 

A Dose of Vitiamins
Like all plants, Tillandsia will grow more quickly when fertilized. Feed them with water-soluble orchid or bromeliad fertilizers, according to the package directions, on a regular basis during the growing season.


Topics: Air Plants, Airplants, Easy Houseplants, Tillandsia

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