How to care for air plants

Air plants have been a favorite of indoor gardeners for decades and it’s easy to see why. With over 650 types of air plants (Tillandsia spp.) to choose from, you can find interesting shapes and colors to compliment your style. The fact that they grow without soil makes them very versatile and opens all kinds of possibilities for use.

how to care for air plants

Air plants, which are a type of bromeliad, take water and nutrients in through specialized leaves. Instead of pulling water in through their roots, they use them to attach to rocks, trees, shrubs, and the ground. These warm weather plants can thrive even with a bit of neglect, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little care to grow well.

Water

Though the name implies they need only air to survive, they do need water. Give your plants a warm water soak for 5 to 10 minutes a week (this is my preferred method). Be sure to let your plants dry completely before putting them back in a terrarium or globe.

Never use distilled or soft water to water your air plants. Tap water or filtered water works best. If you use pond or aquarium water, you won’t need to fertilize your plants as the water will give them natural fertilizer.

Air

Air circulation is key for keeping an tillandsia plant happy. Take this into consideration when choosing where your air plant will be. Some glass globes and terrariums may not be large enough to allow good air flow.

Light

Filtered light indoors is preferred, as is partial shade if you are growing them outside (Zone 9 or warmer). Most homes will have enough natural light to make an air plant happy. especially if you have east or west facing rooms to put them in. Keep air plants out of direct, bright sunlight.

If your home doesn’t have enough natural light, full spectrum artificial light (fluorescent) will work well for your plant. Look for full spectrum tubes such as Gro-Lux, Repta-Sun, Vita-Lite, etc.

Temperature

Air plants love warmer weather, so be sure to keep them someplace that doesn’t get cooler than 45 degrees F. Optimum temperature range for Tillandsias is 50 – 90 degrees F, they will die during a frost.

Growth Cycle

The tillandsia growth cycle lasts until they bloom, after which the plant (depending on type) will start to produce pups (small plants). Most plants produce between 2 – 8 pups. Air plants flower once in their lifetime, and the flowers can last several days to many months, depending on the species.

When the pups are growing, simply remove the dried leaves of the mother plant as needed. Pull them gently, but if the leaf resists, its not dead yet. Empty spots will fill quickly with the new plant growth.

Uses

There are many fun ways to use air plants. From hanging glass globes, to terrariums, and even gluing them onto logs! Because they don’t need soil the possibilities are almost endless. I remember an air plant I had as a child that was glued to a small log with a magnet on the back. It was so fun to see that on the fridge.

For more information and inspiration for growing air plants, we love this book: Air Plants.

TSN100K project update one.

The first task for me was creating some new content for my site. Neil is planning to create articles at 2,000 words each, though he didn’t mention how many would be that length or how often they would be posted.

Goodness! This has proven harder than I expected. Could it be our topics? Perhaps since he is writing about nutrition it’s easier to get to that word count? Am I just not as wordy in explaining things as I thought I would be?

Either way I am going to have to work harder to even come close to that word count, and in my niche I am not sure that’s even desirable. Lifestyle blogs tend to be fewer words, but with more photos, which makes sense for the types of posts that we do.

In my effort to write a post of that length, and failing to reach that count, it did bring up a question. I have always heard blog experts say that 300-500 is the perfect word count for a blog post. It’s been my experience as a reader that that length feels right, especially if the information is there in a concise way (why over word things?).

This doesn’t mean I am giving up on the idea of some longer posts though. I just had to rethink them a bit and see them more as guides that will supplement regular blog postings. I’m still working on crafting my first one. Neil must be a very quick researcher/writer since he planned to spend 2-3 hours per post. It might take me a bit longer than that to get my post ready.

All of this leads me to think that what Neil is planning to create is more of an informational website and less of a blog as we think of them. I can understand the reasoning from the standpoint of SEO; longer articles mean people are spending more time on your site reading them, which means your bounce rate is lower. A longer article also provides a lot of options for great keywords without them feeling “stuffed” into the article. The length and amount of information can also help establish you as an expert both to Google and to readers. Is it too much though?

What do you think? Do you enjoy shorter posts, or would you enjoy reading 2000 words or more about the subject? Oh, and in case you are curious, this post is 392 words long.

Should you repair or replace that appliance?

Sometimes things break, and when they do there is always the question of replacing it, or repairing it. Most of the time it’s cheaper to repair an appliance than to replace it. However, there does come a time when it’s time to replace things.

Luckily, we were sent this handy infographic to help you figure out if it’s better to repair it, or if it might be time to replace it.

Assurant_RepairvsReplaceIG

Infographic thanks to Fixed. by Assurant.

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March Madness for Mansions!

Are you into March Madness in your house? What about a bracket for mansions? Zillow has created Mansion Madness where you can vote on your favorite mansion. Let me just say, some of them are quiet dreamy.

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Round 1: Voting closes today at 9pm PST on Sunday, March 29th. Top-voted mansions in each region advance to the next round.
Round 2: Voting reopens at noon on Monday, March 30th and closes at 9pm on Wednesday, April 1st. Each region will have one mansion advancing to the next round.
Round 3: Voting reopens at noon on Thursday, April 2nd and closes at 9pm on Sunday, April 5th. Only two mansions will be advancing to the final round.
Championship: Voting reopens at 9am on Monday, April 6th and closes at 9pm the same day.
Results: The most desirable mansion will be announced at 9am on April 7th.

How will your taste in home design align with the rest of the country? After you make your pick in each region you will get to see if it’s in the lead. So far, my picks are winning. What about yours?

*Disclosure: I am sharing this just for fun, and was not compensated.*

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