Saturday, October 26, 2013

To Mist or Not To Mist Tillandsia Air Plants

When I started collecting Tillandsia Air Plants, I was told, like many of you: "Just mist once a week." Well guess what? The plant that is almost impossible to kill - I killed!

Looking back, I did not kill those plants, the person who sold them to me did. Think about it. Many of the varieties come from the rain forests. I don't think it just does a mist once a week.

What about the ones that come from the desert regions? They live in very dry conditions and survive. True. But when it does rain it is a soaking hard rain.

Air Plants adapt to both kinds of conditions. But they don't adapt to no water at all! And, most air plants are now grown in greenhouses in Calif. or Florida. They have adapted to this controlled climate.

Ok, you don't just give your plants a light mist but a heavy drenching mist. But what happens to that heavy mist? It rolls down the leaves and into its base where it sits and causes the air plant to rot. You don't necessarily see this rot, but your plant dies.

Another thing I don't like about misting is that it mists everything around it. Your table, window, drapes, etc. Now you have unsightly water spotting to clean up.

The moral of this story is - don't mist.

Fill a bowl of water and let them soak for about an hour once a week. If the humidity is low, like in the winter when the heat is on, soak them every 4-5 days.  Look at your plants. Some may need more or less watering. Treat them as individuals and not as a group.

Most important is to prevent rot. When you take your plants out of the water, gently shake holding them upside down. Lay them on their sides to completely dry. Don't put them back into the container you keep them in until they feel dry to the touch.

Well, I hope you now have a better understanding about misting. I will be glad to answer any question you might have. Just leave it in the comment section.

Have a Great Day,

I just thought this photo was to pretty not to share. Gotta make sure my brother, the commercial photographer sees that I can be pretty good with a camera!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Make-Believe Payday from a Fairy named Kathleen

This ever so simple and delish recipe came to be from the land of the Fairies.

Make Believe Payday Candy Bar
1 jar of slightly salted dry roasted peanuts
1 bag of candy corn
Mix together.
The magical and secret way to eat!
Eat a few peanuts, then eat a candy corn. Now! You tell me what it taste like?
Thank you so much Kathleen for sharing this recipe. I know sharing this recipe from Fairyland might get you in trouble. Sure hope not!
Have a Magical Day

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

If You Work Hard at it You Can Kill Air Plants. But Why?

  Tillandsia Air Plants are the most forgiving and the easiest to care for of all living plants. Yet, I have had several people tell me they killed theirs!

  Well yes....if you work hard at it you can kill air plants. But why?

  Maybe it is not your fault. Looking at different online stores that sell Tillandsia Air Plants, the care instructions can be very misleading.

  • They require weekly misting. WRONG!
  • These plants like to be misted a couple of times a week and need full sun! WRONG AGAIN
  • Mist daily and keep at least four feet from window. BETTER BUT STILL NOT CORRECT
  • Air Plants don't require soil to grow, only moderate light and a good soak every week. GOOD, INCOMPLETE CARE INSTRUCTIONS
  • To grow Tillandsia, locate in a well ventilated place where there is full light and protection from hot sun. From mid spring through fall, mist daily and once a month, mist with 1/4 strength water soluble fertilizer. If grown outdoors, keep dry during winter. OK- WHAT IS EASY CARE IF YOU HAVE TO MIST EVERYDAY? DO YOU NOT MIST IN THE WINTER? THEY ARE LIVING PLANTS! I BET THIS IS HOW PEOPLE KILL THIER AIR PLANTS. OH YES, IF IT GETS BELOW FREEZING IN YOUR AREA DON'T LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE. THEY ARE NOT WINTER HARDY. IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE IN A WARM CLIMATE HOW DO YOU KEEP OUTDOOR PLANTS DRY? DOESN'T IT RAIN?
  • Air Plants, also known as Tillandsia, don't require soil to grow, only moderate light and a good soak every week. MUCH BETTER, BUT INCOMPLETE

               Indoors, your Air Plants will stay healthy with a watering once or twice a week. When humidity is low, water at least twice a week.
               Best watering method: Soak plant in a bowl of water. Drain by lightly  shaking to get standing water out of the center of plant. Lay on its side for up to four hours until it feels dry to your touch. It is then safe to put back in the container where it normally stays.

  This and even more extensive care instructions are sent with each plant ordered from me. I want your plants to not only live but grow!

  The incorrect care instructions were taken from sites that air plants are just one item in a long list of unrelated items. Either from ignorance or giving false instructions that might make you buy, these companies tell you wrong. One company sold water pumps, outdoor gardening tools, seeds, air plants, etc.

   I could go on and on, but to keep this post from getting to long, I will stop here. If you have any questions either add a comment or email me at

  Next post will be on the goods and bads of misting.

Have a Happy Day!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Airplant Wedding Favors Now On Sale

I just put my Wedding Favor Packages on sale. Each has a good discount. The sale will last til Oct. 31. It does not matter the date of the wedding, but it does lock in the sales price. The plant totals may not be what you need. Email me and we can work on the amount and sales price.  Visit my Artfire Studio,   then click on Wedding Favors.

Really Good Idea:
I recently had an order for 45 airplants from a florists. She wanted me to decide the varieties. They were to be for the wedding reception centerpieces. Now, I envisioned beautiful floral arrangements with airplants tucked in for the greenery. I was so wrong! The florist had purchased small bud vases in different sizes and shapes. Each one featured one airplant. These were lined up along the length of each table.  I imagined the guests were told to take one as a gift. This was a great idea, unfortunately, not knowing this, I did not furnish care instructions for each plant.

Have a Great Weekend,

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Air Plant Baby Nursery

I suddenly realized that I had several new babies popping up or out! These are all in my collection.

This a Caput-Medsae. You can still see the flower brack in the center. I have put a squiggley circle around the new baby. In Tilly circles they are called pups.

 This one is a brachycaulos
Just had to show off my babies!

 When your airplants blush and bloom you can look forward to babies. To help your plants grow and stay healthy this plant food formulated especially for airplants is a must. Yes your plant will survive without it, but you have seen the ads for with and without MiracleGro. This is true of all plants, fertilizer just makes them do better. Think of it as plant vitamins. To purchase for only 2.75 go to .
Have a Happy Day,