Decorate your Xmas tree with a copper himmeli air plant holder
Himmeli are a Finnish holiday decoration, traditionally made from pieces of straw in an attempt to secure a bounteous crop for the following year. The larger and more elaborate the sculpture, the greater the crop. Here’s hoping your himmeli inspired jewel-shaped talismans bring an abundance of sparkle and delight over the coming year.
They make beautiful mobiles when massed together, and can be hung, mounted or simply placed on a shelf or table; the possibilities are endless. Explore the relationship between the plant and the brass structure, experimenting with different angles.
Caring for your air plant
Air plants (Tillandsia spp.) are curious little fellas. Unusual in the sense that they absorb nutrients through their leaves and don’t require soil to bed roots into. Their looks also make them stand out in a crowd. Who could deny their quirky style (they are relatives of the pineapple after all), all spiky foliage and out there… not to mention the pop of purple and pink blooms that appeal to hummingbirds and butterflies from late autumn to spring.
Their lack of a need for soil makes air plants ideal for ornamental display and the perfect partner for our diamond himmeli.
Air plants love the light, but nothing too direct. They like it breezy, so avoid enclosing them in a terrarium or tight corner. Mist every couple of days and give them a good bath, never in icy water, once a fortnight. Leave them bopping along leisurely for around half an hour. Avoid handling them too much as this will affect the silvery coating that is essential for the proper functioning of air plants.