This Air Plant Terrarium post is an update of the post I made on how I use a HomeKit Power Plug to manage the lights of my terrarium. With the Movement Control Order / Lock Down I have some time to think about revamping the plants in the terrarium and while surfing the web to get ideas I stumbled on this simple and easy way to add an Air Plant into the mix.
This article is not specifically about HomeKit or Home Automation, but I don’t have much to write about, and was a little bored. This post will cover the simple process of making your own Air Plant displays. Where Home Automation comes in is that the bulb that lights up the terrarium is wired to an Eve Smart Plug that I’ve automated to activate at a certain time of the day.
Here’s what I did to update the terrarium:
- Bonsai wire. Usually made from really soft/pliable aluminum and sometimes coated with different colors. They come in various thickness. The length that you need is dependent on the size of the air plant, and also how high you want it to be from the ground. In this example as the air plant is pretty light weight I’m used a 2.5 mm diameter wire.
- Pliers. As the Bonsai wires are soft and pliable, you would just need this to cut the wires to length. You do not require any special tool to shape the wire.
- Air Plant. Of course. You can buy these of the internet, or nurseries near your home. I have a bunch of them growing on drift wood in front of my house, and hijacked one of them.
- Base. As you can see in the images, I am placing this in my terrarium. It’s been updated with a Bonsai Red Maple tree, Ferns, and moss. You can use a wooden block (which you may need to drill a hole in. You can even use a pot filled with moss. Be creative.
Step 1 : Straighten a length of the bonsai wire, but don’t cut it yet as you may want the plant to be positioned higher on the platform.
Next : Take a look at the air plant that you have and imagine the diameter needed to twirl around it to hold on the the plant
Step 3 : Make a reducing diameter or conical spiral. You don’t have to be so precise or clean in your creation. Sometimes it’s the imperfect stuff that makes things perfect. Use your own judgement in terms of the number of loops, and height.
Then : Determine the height needed, then cut the wire and straighten it.
Step 5 : “Screw” the swirl into the plant. Be gentle so as not to break the leaves.
Finally : Stick the other end into your terrarium, pot, or piece of wood. From there you can make tweaks so that it’s neater or straighter.
Lighting it makes a great decoration. So for that as I mentioned from the start, consider using Home Automation to regulate the light for this plant. Another creative idea would be to use a HomeKit ready LED lights that you can wrap in a planter filled with these air plant displayed in a row.