Air Plant Terrariums 1o1 with the Plant Experts from Solabee
If you’ve spent any time inside of Solabee’s retail shop on N. Killingsworth, you’re already aware that raising and caring for beautiful plants is their bread and butter. The nursery is filled from wall to wall with plants and flowers of all varieties, plus gardening tools, gifts, potting supplies, and more.
They’re also well known for their top-notch selection of air plant terrarium supplies and ready-to-assemble kits, which have been steadily gaining popularity over the past few years. We asked the staff from Solabee to show us how the pros do it when it comes to creating a centerpiece-worthy airplane terrarium, and they happily obliged. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial from Solabee’s retail manager, Olivia.
“First off, it’s important to have a color scheme, or a theme in mind before starting the terrarium. You want to have several different shapes and sizes of air plants, rocks, and driftwood to create levels of interest.
For this example, I chose a tall blooming air plant to create height, two medium air plants to fill space, and two smaller air plants to add detail. All of the air plants that I selected all had a pink or peachy tint to them. I chose to go with that color scheme, and selected rose quartz, himalayan salt rock, and heulandite- all pink or peach-toned stones and minerals to compliment the air plants. I also selected a couple different sizes of driftwood to add another source of height, and an earthy element to the terrarium.”
“Before adding the air plants, rocks, and driftwood, I like to start out with layering different colors of sand & rock several times over to create some detail seen through the terrarium glass – it’s always fun to have something interesting to look at below the surface of the terrarium.”
“After layering the sand and rock, it’s time to add the air plants, rocks, and driftwood starting with the larger objects such as tall pieces of driftwood and larger air plants.”
“It’s easier to add the large objects first, and then finish with the smaller rocks and air plants to add detail.”
“The best thing about air plant terrariums is that you can always change it up! Nothing is planted, so feel free to move the air plants or rocks around any time after you’ve finished the terrarium. Place your terrarium in a spot that gets bright filtered or medium light and you’re good to go!”
Caring for Your New Terrarium
“Watering air plants is very easy. About every two weeks, take your air plants out of the terrarium, and soak in lukewarm water for about 15-30 minutes. After you’re done soaking, leave the air plants somewhere to dry. I recommend letting them dry upside down on a washcloth, that way no water gets stuck down in the crevices of the plant – this could cause rotting.”