18 October 2010
mudpuppy airplant pods hang next to forestbound bags, eden bakti miniature planters, a megan boganovich crystal vase, papermode blank books, and elizabeth benotti porcelain drinking cups in the shop.
Just in are 3 ceramic air plant pods, handmade in Denver by Mike McDowell.
All of his work features clean lines and stark colors, and still feels organic and earthy.
These pieces are painted with a metallic moss green glaze, and hang from heavy twine, with an air plant tucked inside.
$35-$60 each, the plants are included.
I am excited to be carrying more plantlife in the shop, and these pods are the perfect complement to Tillandsia spp., or Epiphytes, or "air plants", they need no soil because water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves. The plants slip out easily when it's time to water them. How to care for Tillandsia:
-Give them bright, filtered light.
-Thoroughly wet them 2-3 times per week; more often in a hot, dry environment; less often in a cool, humid one.
-In conditions of extreme drying, and consequent moisture loss, Tillandsia cannot get replacement water from their roots like a terrestrial plant, or draw on internal reserves like a succulent.
(In general, if you are growing them indoors and the air is dry, you will need to submerge the plant in water for 10-20 minutes about every two weeks.. )