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How to make an aerium

An Aerium is a terrarium for Tillandsias, commonly known as airplants. They grow without soil by utilizing other plants and surfaces to grow upon, and take their water and nutrients from the air.

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Gather your materials: lichen and moss covered branch, forceps, a glass enclosure, tillandsia (air plants), and reindeer moss. Optional: a pruner.

Gather your materials: lichen and moss covered branch, forceps, a glass enclosure, tillandsia (air plants), and reindeer moss. Optional: a pruner.

Obtain a glass enclosure that allows for some airflow. I\u2019m using a hand-blown, bubble shaped glass terrarium with a hole for mounting on the wall.

Obtain a glass enclosure that allows for some airflow. I’m using a hand-blown, bubble shaped glass terrarium with a hole for mounting on the wall.

Add a base layer of reindeer moss until the enclosure is about 1/5 full. It\u2019s nice to have a few different colors of moss for contrast and texture. Don\u2019t overfill it.

Add a base layer of reindeer moss until the enclosure is about 1/5 full. It’s nice to have a few different colors of moss for contrast and texture. Don’t overfill it.

Positioning a tillandsia in a part of the branch helps to elevate them, giving vertical dimension, and replicating their natural growth habit.

Positioning a tillandsia in a part of the branch helps to elevate them, giving vertical dimension, and replicating their natural growth habit.

When you’re done, find a bright spot with indirect light and a mild temperature to feature your aerium. Mist with water once every two weeks (weekly during hot or dry periods) using a spray bottle.

  • Glass Enclosure
  • Forceps
  • Lichen and moss covered branch or nature debris
  • Tillandsia (air plants)
  • Reindeer Moss
  • Pruner