air plants on old plant roots
air plants on old plant roots

Old creosote roots with air plants

Air plants are both unique in their shapes as well as their relatively easy care. You have undoubtedly seen these fun plants in all sorts of places. I see them cropping up on home decorating sites, Pinterest, gift shops and much more. It’s easy to see why they are so popular as they add a fun design element to your indoor space.

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small air plants

A variety of small air plants

I have a special fondness for air plants as they are easy to care for. I confess that I don’t always do well with houseplants (don’t tell anyone else). However, I am able to grow air plants with relative ease, which is why I was excited to review the book, Living With Air Plants.

book about air plants

This book is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants to delve into adding air plants to their own indoor space as it covers all of the information that you need including:

Propagation

Care

How to Display and Use

Easy Air Plants to Grow

 

arranged air plants on a shelf

Air plants arranged on a shelf

The distinct shapes of air plants create interest wherever they are added such as on a desk or a plant shelf.

Air plants attached to a piece of twine

Tiny air plants arranged along a string of twine

My favorite part of the book is all the different ways it shows you to arrange air plants. The authors have very creative ideas for incorporating air plants inside the home in tabletop arrangements, terrariums, hanging art and much more.

different-types-of-air-plants

Guidelines for the care of air plants is addressed in this book and yes, they really don’t need to be planted in the soil. Plus, they get what they need from being sprayed with water!

There are countless different varieties of air plants and easy to grow species are listed toward the end of the book to help ensure your enjoyment and success with growing these cool plants.

*I was provided a free copy of Living With Air Plants for my honest review.

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Do you have a container, or two, filled with flowers or maybe a succulent? Chances are you do. Many of us settle for the bland shades of brown or beige when choosing pots and miss out on an excellent opportunity to add interest and color to our outdoor spaces.

I am a strong proponent ditching boring neutrals in favor of colorful pots with unique shapes and textures in my ongoing attempt to encourage people to think of plant containers as outdoor decor. As a result, I was thrilled with I was contacted by Annette Gutierrez, one of the authors of Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers and asked to review her book.

Innertube from an old tire converted into a planter at the Tucson Botanical Garden.

Within the pages of Potted, Annette and her co-author, Mary Gray, inspire as they show the reader how to create unique and unusual containers that create instant interest.

During my garden travels, I seek everyday items that are reimagined and converted into unorthodox planters such as a recycled tire innertube. 

Annette and Mary refer to themselves as decorators rather than gardeners and own a store in Los Angeles, aptly named Potted where they create innovative receptacles for plants using everyday items such as cinderblock, PVC pipe, and even old wood doors to name but a few. 

If you have ever shopped for colorful or unique containers, you’ve undoubtedly experienced sticker shock at the high prices and settled for a boring, but sturdy terra-cotta pot. Over twenty container ideas await the reader, each of which, meet the following criteria:

  • It must be affordable
  • Materials must be easy to find
  • A good DIY project for the average person

I must admit that after finishing the book, I was looking at ordinary items like paint cans and plastic garbage pails in a different light – decorated and filled with plants.

**UPDATE: The giveaway is over, but you can always order your own copy of Potted.

Disclosure: I received a copy of ‘Potted’ free of charge for my honest review.

Do you like houseplants? Many people do and I’m the first to admit that I’m not an expert on growing plants indoors, so I’ve invited Lucy of Garden Ambition to share her tips for growing houseplants. I’m inspired to add a few more houseplants, and I’m sure you will too!

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Most indoor house plants are planted in greenhouses where conditions and the care they receive are ideal. The challenge here for you is to provide the same care and encourage them to adjust well to their new environment. New to indoor houseplants? Here’s everything you need to know:

  Indoor plants can really add character to a room.

Low-Maintenance Indoor Houseplants

If you haven’t cared for indoor houseplants before, you may want to start with the more low-maintenance ones. Not all houseplants require daily care. Believe it or not, there are indoor houseplants that can live with some neglect. These are perfect for homeowners who are always on the go and may not have all the time in the world to care for their plants. We’ve gathered five low-maintenance plants that offer a lot of benefits and more importantly, won’t die on you.

The jade or money tree has color-changing properties that provide visual appeal to any room.

  1. Jade/Money Tree

Jade belongs to the succulent family, which requires very little water. This plant bears small white and pink flowers and can turn bright red when exposed to sunlight. In the Summer, watering it once a week is enough to keep the plant healthy. Meanwhile, twice a week in the Winter is ideal.

  1. Philodendron

With a name that literally means “tree lover,” philodendron vines grow to be tree climbers in the wild. However, there are several varieties that you can choose from and take home. Philodendrons don’t need a lot of water to grow. In fact, they grow better with dryer environments in between watering schedules.

  1. ZZ Plant

A perennial from the eastern part of Asia, the ZZ plant is known for its glossy and sturdy leaves. What makes it very easy to care for is the fact that it prefers low light and dryer environments. Dry soil is recommended before you water these plants.

The aloe plant offers a ton of benefits to health and skin care among many others.

  1. Aloe

Aloe is known for its treating properties, among many other benefits. It’s a comfort to know that these plants are very low-maintenance too. Simply place it in a brightly-lit room and water bi-monthly.

  1. Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

The snake plant is for homeowners who want to add a bit of height and character to any space. It has dense leaves in lovely shades of green. The trick to caring for this plant is to simply water along its edges and not in the middle. Only do this when the soil is dry.

Indoor plants come with different watering requirements that you should know about.

Growing Houseplants: Watering Tips

Indoor houseplants come with different watering requirements. Most indoor houseplants should have moist potting soil. In this matter, the distinction between moist and wet soil should be clear. Some indoor houseplants, on the other hand, prefer dry soil before watering. Such is the case of some thick-leafed plants and succulents, requiring water either once a week or twice a month. Here are some ways to gauge when your plant needs watering:

  • Check your potting soil. If the color has gone lighter or it shows a few cracks here and there, it’s time for it to drink up.
  • Pick your plant up and check if the weight is not normal. You’ll be able to master this technique after some practice.
  • Stick your finger in the soil just below the surface and determine if it’s moist or dry. This is especially ideal for large plants.

A small bonsai tree is kept on the window sill for natural lighting.

Growing Houseplants: Lighting Tips

Indoor houseplants still require some form of lighting to thrive. Light gives plants, both indoor and outdoor, the energy to produce their own food and maintain their health. Lighting for indoor plants, it’s best to keep them in well-lit rooms and windows. Artificial lighting is also available for plants that are kept in dimly lit rooms. If these lights are not sufficient for your plant, you can make use of reflectors to enhance the effect of the lighting. Insufficient lighting for indoor plants can keep the plant from growing, so you really want to stock up on valuable information about this aspect of indoor houseplant care.

Misting the leaves of the plants daily is a solution for low-humidity indoor environments.

Growing Houseplants: Humidity Tips

Most indoor houseplants enjoy high humidity. This is rather difficult to achieve indoors, especially in the Winter as heating systems are powered. Solutions to this would be using a humidifier to increase the moisture content in the air or misting the plant’s leaves daily. For indoor houseplants that require a lot more humidity than usual, keeping them in the kitchen or bathroom is ideal. Such is the case of orchids and gardenias.

Growing Houseplants: Temperature Tips

Lastly, we have temperature as a contributing factor in an indoor plant’s growth. Ideal temperatures for indoor houseplants are within the range of 64- 75 degrees during the day and 55-60 degrees at night.

Conclusion

Indoor houseplants are a great way to bring color and warmth into one’s home. Adding a piece of nature indoors can also be great for one’s health. These improve the quality of the air and can transform any indoor area into a relaxing sanctuary. But in order to reap these benefits, you must give them some appropriate TLC.

 

Hi there! I’m Lucy – founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.