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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How to Make an Aerium
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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.

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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.

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.

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Obtain a nice section of stick that will fit into your Aerium. If necessary, use the pruners to cut it down to appropriate size.

Obtain a nice section of stick that will fit into your Aerium. If necessary, use the pruners to cut it down to appropriate size.

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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.

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.

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Gently add your stick or natural addition of your choice in an interesting composition. Use the forceps to reposition the moss if need be.

Gently add your stick or natural addition of your choice in an interesting composition. Use the forceps to reposition the moss if need be.

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Add a few tillandsia’s to your arrangement, asymmetry can help the eye travel around a composition, and the forceps to reposition by grasping near the base of the tillandsia.

Add a few tillandsia’s to your arrangement, asymmetry can help the eye travel around a composition, and the forceps to reposition by grasping near the base of the tillandsia.

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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.

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If warranted use your forceps to add a little more moss or other natural accoutrements to put finishing touches on the composition, ensuring every part has interest

If warranted use your forceps to add a little more moss or other natural accoutrements to put finishing touches on the composition, ensuring every part has interest

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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.

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.

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