I had very recently learned about what air plants were (recently I mean the past couple of days). I’ve seen them before and I’ve always thought that they were dead or fake plants. Pardon my ignorance.
As I had mentioned in one of my recent posts, I have a bazillion mason jars sitting at home crying out for some love. Since I moved in and painted my room, I haven’t really done anything DIY for it, and I had been wanting to do a planter project.
- Mason Jars (I used 250ml ones)
- Tiny Air Plants (I had to use small ones because my jars were small)
- Damage-free Control Hooks (load: 3lbs)
- River rocks
As I have mentioned, I’ve recently discovered what air plants are. I got mine from Hawaiian Botanicals because they were relatively close to where I lived, plus I wanted to ask a couple of questions regarding plant care. Air plants, from the little that I understand, get their nutrients from their leaves. They still need water, some soak them twice a week for about 10 minutes in water. They do grow very slowly but they can also withstand harsher conditions. They still like their light, but not direct sunlight.
I had so much fun picking them out as they came in a variety of sizes and species. They’re called “Tillandsia”, and as you can see each looks slightly different, some have shades of colours, and some are just green. Since my containers were all relatively small (250ml mason jars, I had to pick the smallest ones possible!). And of course, I picked a couple that were relatively larger and so I can put them in bigger containers.
I started off with the 250ml mason jars and twine. Because these were going to be so light, I only used one strand of twine. You can double these as you need them. I left about 8 inches of twine then I wrapped it around the mason jar 3-4 times before tying a knot. Then, I left another 8 inches of twine.
Then, I tied the two 8 inch twine ends into a double knot.
Then, I filled the mason jars with a 1-2 layers of river rocks.
I found a bit of moss with my mom’s orchid plants so I took some of them and placed them inside my jar (this is an optional step).
And the fun part is to add your little air plant inside. This must be the easiest planting job ever. What’s cool about creating these “terrariums” is that you can really put whatever you want in these jars for decoration. The air plants don’t need soil (which is awesome), but you can mount them pretty much on everything! Some varieties actually grow and attach to each other, which is kind of cool and they become a huge ball over time like this.
Now, for the hanging portion. I got myself the 3M Control Hooks that had a max. load of 3 pounds. Of course my mason jar plants were nowhere near that, but I just wanted to make sure.
Just follow the instructions that come with the package, and then measure up where you want to put the hooks. Remember that the jars would be hanging about 8 inches below the hooks, so do account for that.
Once attached, you do have to wait an hour for the hooks to completely be adhered to the wall. Then hang your plant up!
As you can probably tell I was very much in love.
I can’t believe that they’re all called Tillandsia, but they all look so different. The top one had reddish tips (ionantha), the second one resembled multiple pinwheels (aeronthos), and the last one kind of curled all on its own (bergeri).
Here’s how they looked all hanging from the wall.
I tucked in all the loose ends of the twine so that they won’t look funny.
And this is how they looked on my desk! I was a very happy plant mama.
There you have it, a simple DIY hanging mason jar planter with lovely new air plants living in them. So happy!