Air plants fascinate me. Up until relatively recent I found I didn’t have much interest in house plants. Perhaps because every single house plant (as opposed to the allotment and gardens I’ve had) ended up looking terribly unhappy and/or dying a slow and yellow death. And then I discovered Apartment Therapy and all the plants people can have in their homes, and I was intrigued. I started looking into house plants; fashion and lifestyle bloggers were also jumping on the bandwagon (still have mixed feelings about that, unsure why). I think it was a combination of research for work, discovering Jane Perrone‘s new podcast, and the fact that we moved into a flat about 8 months ago.
In any case, I’m getting into house plants, in fact, I ordered some over the weekend, so I will be showcasing those on here as well. In early March I found a jasmine plant in my local supermarket. It was just about to flower and snapped it right up. “I NEED this”, I told my partner. It did flower, and the living smelled amazing for a couple of weeks. Now, however, all the flowers have gone over nad I am left wondering whether it will ever flower again. I shall try to keep it alive until next year!
How to Look After Air Plants
I was reading through my Rakesprogress magazine when I stumbled upon an interview to founders of RoCo, Rose and Caro. You might have seen their book knocking about Amazon, but what caught my eye were their air plants. I ordered the set they offer, as well as a signed copy of their book, and waited excitedly until it all arrived.
RoCo include an incredibly kind note in the box with instructions on how to care for the plants they have sent you. I must admit I didn’t know much about air plants before buying them, other than they had no roots and absorbed moisture through the air. Therefore, you have to mist them every so often. Based on their recommendation, I soaked them in water for a couple of hours upon arrival, but I avoided soaking the base as well. Apparently, that is where moisture can gather and is what causes the plant to eventually rot. I have been checking the base regularly, and only gave them a light mist a week or so after soaking them thoroughly. One of the plants has a darker base, but I cannot remember whether it already had that colour before I gave it a drink. Will have to monitor.
Currently, the plants live on the bookshelf, among the orchid and the jasmine plants. I do like the look of those geometric shaped planters that have become rather trendy, I somehow feel they would be better for the plant as there wouldn’t be as much of a surface touching them. Until then, they will live with their rooted neigubours.
There will be a follow blog post to this with information on treating leaves, pruning, etc. But I first want to have the experience, and then I can relay my findings with confidence. Give me a couple of months!