Understanding Air Plants

What is an Air Plant.. tillandsia-798636_960_720 And how the heck can I grow one?

Air plants, scientifically named Tillandsia, grow without soil. Because of this, the leaves are responsible for absorbing the moisture, and the roots latch on to whatever structure you choose. These plants require bright, filtered sunlight; meaning they are perfect window plants for an office. They’re architectural flexibility makes them popular hanging plants, however they can latch on to any surface you choose–so feel free to get creative.

The drawback of these soil-free wonders is that they require special care to get the water they need. Many people use a spray bottle to mist the leaves of the plants every couple of days. However, in addition to this, these plants need to be submerged in water every few weeks. You can do this before leaving the office one day, and put them back on display the next. There is no fear of over-watering, because the plants stop absorbing once they’ve soaked up all the water they need.

Caring for air plants is a lot easier than it looks, and their adaptability to different structures make them a popular interior design plant. Of course, air plants will also purify the air in your office. Air plants. Below is a good starter pack for someone wanting to experiment with Air Plants.

 

Assorted Air Plants with Fertilizer

Now that we’ve established how to begin caring for your new plants–let’s get on to the fun part. Below are some of the most fun air plant holders I could find on the web. Of course, there is always an opportunity to design your own. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to do a DIY version of some of these air plant holders!

Clear Glass Air Plant Hanger
Sea Urchin Air Plant Kit (Plants Included) 
Simple Ceramic Air Plant Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, these beauties do not require much of a base. There are several beautiful Hanging Plant hanging options as well if you want to try out that chic, architectural design.

Follow Tiny Desk Plants on Pinterest to see more ways to style Air Plants!

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Bringing the Outdoors In

Let’s talk greens. 

As we’re well aware, plants give us life–Without plants, we wouldn’t be here. Indoor plants provide benefits to our health as well in the form of psychological well-being; the only downside–we have to give them their life in return.

If you’re thinking you can barely keep yourself alive at work, let alone another living thing, consider a Pet Rock.

However, for those of you that want some life on your lifeless desk, but are wary of commitment (raises hand), find below my top  options for dummy-proof, low maintenance greens.

Number 5: Aloe Plants

Aloe Vera, Succulent and Cactus Variety Pack

If you don’t have a window in your office, you should skip this guy. While they don’t require constant sunlight, they will not survive well without being set in the light for a few hours a day. However, if you have a sun patch in your office, Aloe Plants are one of the hardiest plants out there, and even those with the blackest thumbs will have trouble killing these.

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Water once daily; allow soil to dry.

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Number 4: Brussel’s Bonsai Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree

Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing option, the Umbrella Tree is also one of the easiest plants to care for. This forgiving house plant comes with a ceramic pot, soil, and care instructions making it perfect for the lazy decorator.

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Keep soil moist.

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This plant does well in low-light.

Number 3: Pothos Plant

Pothos Plant

This plant will thrive in your windowless office. These versatile little guys will grow in dry soil, or even water vases. However, the best thing about these plants is that they will rid the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde; literally bringing the fresh, outdoor air inside.

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Requires watering.

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Number 2: Snake Plant


Snake Plant

Another plant that requires no sunlight, but is arguably more durable than the last. Also referred to as Mother in Law’s tongue, these office plants will survive the longest vacations. Another benefit, NASA research has shown that they will keep the air in your office or home clean.

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Can survive a drought.

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Thrives without sunlight.

Number 1: Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Sticking with our theme of clean air, the Spider Plant is my favorite indoor house plant, both for it’s durability, and it’s physical qualities. This beautiful plant thrives in artificial/florescent lighting, i.e. every office ever, and does best in cooler temperatures.

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There you have it: a no-excuses list of plants that you, yes you, can grow in your office.