Air Plants: Creating a Stunning Terrarium in a Mason Jar

Air plants are truly captivating and one-of-a-kind. Join us as we take you through an easy tutorial on how to create an exquisite air plant terrarium using a recycled mason jar.

An Introduction to Recycle Our Jars

Welcome to the first edition of our Recycle Our Jars blog series! Our aim is to provide exciting and sustainable ways to repurpose our fermented food jars after enjoying all the probiotic goodness. As passionate gardeners and plant enthusiasts, we couldn’t resist the idea of transforming our empty Cultured Guru jars into beautiful homes for air plants. To add a touch of adventure, we decided to incorporate lichens into our air plant terrariums. Discover why these fluffy greenish-blue organisms are such incredible additions to our creation.

Everything you need for an air plant terrarium

A finished air plant terrarium

Unveiling the Air Plant

Air plants, scientifically known as Tillandsia and belonging to the bromeliad family, possess an unparalleled beauty. These tropical epiphytes can cling to tree branches and other plants without causing harm. Instead of relying on their roots for nourishment, air plants absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves. With a wide range of shapes and sizes, air plants thrive in warm and humid climates. However, since most air plants are kept indoors, it’s important to supplement the humidity by misting them with a spray bottle.

Supplies You’ll Need

Gather the following materials to embark on your air plant terrarium adventure:

  • Small pebbles
  • One empty mason jar or any glass food jar (washed and dried)
  • 1 or 2 Air Plants
  • 3-4 Lichens
  • Twine
  • A spray bottle of water
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Air plants

Air plants

Crafting Your Terrarium: Step by Step

Follow these simple steps to bring your air plant terrarium to life:

  1. Remove the label from the chosen jar and ensure it’s clean and dry.
  2. Fill one-third of the jar with small pebbles.
  3. Artfully arrange the lichens within the jar.
  4. Create a small indentation in the pebbles using your finger.
  5. Gently place the air plant into the indentation.
  6. Enhance the aesthetics by adding twine around the jar.
  7. Mist the air plant and lichens with water. Remember to mist your terrarium daily or at least four times a week.

Caring for Air Plants: Tips and Tricks

To ensure the well-being of your air plants, consider the following care tips:

  • Watering: Mist your air plants using a spray bottle once a day. Ideally, water them at least four times a week. Alternatively, you can remove the air plant and soak it in a bowl of water for an hour, repeating this process a couple of times a week. Watering with rainwater is beneficial if possible.
  • Lighting: Air plants thrive in shaded, filtered light conditions. Place your air plant terrarium in an area that receives some gentle sunlight.
  • Fertilizing: While not necessary frequently, you can fertilize your air plants every three months or so. Be sure to use an air-plant-specific fertilizer for optimal results.

Science For Kids: Transforming a Mason Jar into an Air Plant Terrarium

This project is an excellent science activity for kids! Air plants are incredibly resilient and require low maintenance, making them a perfect introduction to plant care for children. Use this opportunity to teach kids about bromeliads and how plants absorb moisture through their leaves. Additionally, it’s an ideal way to educate them on the importance of recycling and upcycling jars and containers for new purposes.

Further reading:  The Allure of the Giant Hibiscus Plant

Don’t miss out on the chance to create a stunning air plant terrarium in a recycled mason jar. Embrace nature’s wonders and embark on an exciting journey of sustainability and creativity. For more inspiration and supplies, visit the Ames Farm Center.