How To Get Your Air Plant To Bloom

Air Plants in Seashells

Air plants look striking all on their own without the need for soil or a container. One of the displays that always makes me smile is air plants in seashells. They make for such a perfect pairing of natural elements that would not be found together. Yet, despite their geographical separation, the seem so happy together. Air plants in seashells…Sea shell Tillandsia planter and all the info you will ever need - All About Air Plants

…have personality! Sea urchin Tillandsia planter and all the info you will ever need - All About Air Plants

It’s not so much planting as placing, because that’s all that is required beyond finding an air plant you like and a shell to make its home. I like to use pretty snail or sea urchin shells with a wide enough opening to fit the base of the plant inside. You can even add some wire and glue to hang them upside down!

Air plant sea urchin hanging planter

seashell Tillandsia planter and all the info you will ever need - All About Air Plants

Place a seashell and air plant into a terrarium,

mason jar air plant seashell terrariums

or simply set them out on display. No matter where you choose to set them, they will look beautiful. And you will finally have a use for all those collected seashells.

Tillandsia in sea shells as planters plus care, blooming and more - All About Air Plants

There are certainly adhesives you can use to secure the plant in the shell, but I suppose it really depends what you plan on doing with it. If the air plant is to be suspended from the ceiling in the shell, then I would recommend using a fixative such as E6000 glue. For the most part, I think the air plants shouldn’t be glued into the shells as it will make watering and caring for them more difficult.

Sea urchin and seashells - How to plant an air plant sea shell terrarium

For full instructions on how to keep your air plant alive, and make it thrive, check out:

All About Air Plants

all about air plants - planting, care, blooming and more


 How to Get Your Air Plant to Bloom

How to get your air plant to bloom

Or if you have a sick air plant, head over here to read more about how to revive an air plant that is looking a bit worse for wear:

How to Revive a Sick Air Plant

How to water and revive a sick air plant

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Laura
    LauraDecember 5,14

    Where do you buy air plants? I’ve not seen them in my local garden centers and would love to get some.

  2. Stephanie
    StephanieDecember 5,14

    Hi Laura – if you are the US you can but them online! Here are some

  3. Florence
    FlorenceDecember 13,14

    How to you give them an hour long bath? Do you take them out of the container and soak for an hour? I have had several plants and wondered why I was not having luck with them. I just misted about once a week as instructed by the garden center.


  4. Stephanie
    StephanieDecember 15,14

    Hi Florence, yes, take them out of whatever they are in and place them in a mason jar or bowl with clean, dechlorinated water (rainwater or tap water as described above). Let them sit for an hour, shake them off and place back on the display.

  5. Florence
    FlorenceDecember 16,14

    Thanks so much; I was doing it all wrong and I love them. I have had some beautiful plants that have died. I have a great source about 2 hours from me, so will get some more when I am there again and try this. I really enjoy your blog.

    • Stephanie
      StephanieDecember 16,14

      Thanks Florence! All the best with your new air plants!!

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    tarotistas en barcelonaDecember 25,14

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  7. Joan Marie Evans
    Joan Marie EvansDecember 28,14

    Hi Stephanie, I purchased my first air plant about three months ago and it had a tight bud on it, along with a pup which has since fallen off, but has sprouted a couple of leaves. I give them a bath once a week and have them in indirect light and they are doing splendidly, although the bud hasn’t opened as yet. I think that it will be spectacular as there are a lot of little thingys making up the bud. I live very near the shore of Lake Huron and I gathered little pebbles and placed them in an open glass bowl and placed the plants in them. I didn’t realize that the flowers should not be immersed in water, so was happy to learn that before it opens. Thank you for your helpful info and interesting pics.

  8. Stephanie
    StephanieJanuary 12,15

    Hi Joan Marie Evans, I’m glad to hear that you are having fun with the little plant. I hope it continues to thrive. It sounds like you live in a lovely area!

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  12. Catalina
    CatalinaFebruary 27,15

    What a wonderful idea. I have some very beautiful seashells just waiting to come alive. Thank you.

  13. Lola
    LolaJune 27,15

    What would be the best glue to use to repair a broken sea urchin shell?

  14. Teri L Howell
    Teri L HowellJuly 25,17

    I live in Indian Rocks Beach, FL and was walking and found an air plant that had let go from a tree and took it home. I love your site and have learned a lot already. My air plant is rather large and I was wondering it I can cut it into several smaller plants or should I leave it as it is. I don’t wand to stress it or damage it.

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