Air Plants

How to Care for Indoor Plants: Air Plants, Cacti, Succulents and Herbs

Have you ever just wanted to have a colorful little potted plant on your desk at work? Or do you aspire to have a home filled with plants in every corner of every room?

Maybe you already have plants indoors, but you’re having trouble keeping them from dying. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, we have an article article about how to keep your plants alive.

Some plants can be very tricky with different soil and watering needs. We’ve compiled a few lists of different plants and ways to care for them, so you can keep them healthy and beautiful.


Air Plants

Air Plants

Air plants are plants from the genus Tillandsia. They are very popular as an indoor plant, and no wonder: they don’t need soil! These plants absorb all the nutrients they need from the air they breathe. However, there are a few rules to keeping them healthy.


  • Water your air plant every 7-14 days by placing it roots down in room temperature water for a few hours.


  • Shake excess water off gently and place on a towel in bright sunlight for a few hours to allow the air plant to fully dry.


  • Air plants like circulation, so be sure there’s enough air in the terrarium for it.


  • Fun places to put air plants are in glass-globe terrariums (yes, we have hanging terrarium events at Plant Nite), try hanging them from ceilings too!

hanging globe terrariums


cactus terrarium

Small cacti are very common houseplants. They look great and can be easy to maintain. Certain cacti even flower in the winter months, so they can be surprisingly beautiful additions to the inside of your home or office.


  • Cacti (those with thorns especially) love sunlight, be sure your terrarium sees at least a couple of hours of sunlight a day


  • Watering your cacti is simple: feel the soil by your cacti. If you press down, and your finger stays dry, and no soil sticks to it, then the cacti needs water. Water only when the soil becomes dry after your last watering


  • Be sure your soil is well draining. two parts sand for every one part soil is a good rule of thumb



colorful succulent terrariums

Succulents are beautiful, and come in so many shapes, sizes and colors it will be easy to collect and arrange a variety for your space. They can be a little picky, but with the right care they can really brighten up a room.


  • Succulents need lots of light, around 6 hours a day. Place the terrariums near windows that get sunlight all day long.


  • If you’re having trouble finding enough light, obtain a grow light. They like those too!


  • Be sure there’s lots of airflow for succulents. At Plant Nite events, our hosts will show you the best way to plant succulents and how to give them enough airflow.


  • Water with a “soak and dry” method, they like their roots to be soaked, then allowed to dry out for a couple of days. Water in well-draining soil and let the soil dry, then water again.



bundle of herbs

Herbs and tropical plants can be a true showstopper in any room. Be it the lush greens or the vibrant flowers, these plants can really make a statement wherever they are placed. Usually, each tropical plant variety comes with their own unique watering needs, but following these tips should help keep them healthy.

Herb Garden in Tin Tub with Chalkboard Picks

  • Kitchen herbs are great to grow indoors, because you can trim them for your everyday meals. 


  • Herbs like as much natural light as possible, so find that perfect spot in the house!


  • Great drainage in the soil will help the roots absorb the most water.


  • Look for pots with drainage holes in the bottom, this will prevent any water from soaking the roots for too long.


  • Some kitchen herbs can grow out of control if untended. Clip the leaves/flowers for food, or transfer them to a bigger pot indoors or even outside.


Have fun with your layout design! One of our favorite parts of a Plant Nite event is that you get to see everyone’s creativity come to life. Take a look around the room and get some ideas for how you’ll use plant placement, stones, moss, and other accents to really make your terrarium your own. Remember that some plants work well with others, and some look great just by themselves. 


Plants that work well together:


  • Cacti and succulents: they have similar soil needs and can look very pretty together.


  • Varying types of air plants: they need to stay together as they cannot sit in any soil, but there are a few varieties that look fantastic together!


  • Herbs with other herbs: kitchen herbs all need similar soil and watering needs, and having a pot of herbs arranged together can be very interesting and fragrant.


Who said you had to pay for lawn care service to have beautiful plants? By bringing your plants indoors, you can have that splash of color right at your fingertips.

Designing a layout for your plants can be relaxing and fun. Personalized terrariums make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones. Try adding special items that are important to you or the people you make them for. The most important thing is to have fun. These tips will help your plants live long and stay lovely, to enrich the space you place them in.


Author Bio : Sarah has loved gardening and nature since childhood. She loves to read about new plants and gardening tips. She works for “YourGreenPal” which helps you to quickly find, schedule and pay for Lawn Care Services.


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