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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Tillandsia - Air plants


Succulent and Air Plant Boutonniere design for my video:Getting Creative with Boutstix Magnet Stix: Succulent and Air Plant Boutonniere

Common name

Air plants


Central to South America, Mexico, North America and Southern United States of America


There are about 540 species that belong to the Bromeliad family (Bromeliaceae)


Light hairy green but can change colour when flowering

Vase life

Will continue to grow and produce pups if used as a plant and the leaves will last as long as succulents if separated in a design



Popular as terrarium designs and also dramatic contemporary bridal work. Glue or wire the plant directly into the design either as a leaf, plant or group them to create greater visual value


Remove the plants from the design and soak for a few hours 2 times a week. Let the water drain away before designing. You can also mount the plant onto something that can be submerged in water so that you do not need to remove it when hydrating. Do not design in water or a water retaining medium such as moss.

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Related Designs

14 December 2016 Cover the ends of the individual air plant leaves with cotton before adding it to the design

Pull leaves the Tillandsia plant to add into a design

14 December 2016 A Candy(cane) Cotton Christmas

A floral cotton candy cane

21 September 2016 I found it this way: Spiderweb design

This was the first design I did in my "I found it this way" floral art demonstration

17 August 2016 Hanging Tillandsia

There are many ways to hang your air plants in a design. In this Tutorial I explore three

17 August 2016 Strangeness

Weave a wreath to display air plants on

13 January 2016 Once Upon A Time

Stack and glue a Grass Pyramid Armature

9 July 2014 Taking care of Tillandsia

Conditioning and growing air plants

9 July 2014 Designing with Tillandsia

Air plants need special design consederations

9 July 2014 Us two

Wedge a twig into a container to grow your air plants on

20 November 2013 Excogitate

Ornamental cucumbers and air plants, with just a touch of green.

20 March 2013 The power of reinvention

Retail florists and wholesalers are already designing, ordering and preparing their product range for prom. This is my article that I wrote for the Prom Design Issue of Canadian...

23 October 2012 Everlasting

Design Inspiration Video: Take a few twigs, snippets of air plants and succulents and combine both traditional wire and tape techniques with more contemporary methods to embed a...