Air Plants!

Air plants known as Tillandsia, is the largest genus in the bromeliad family. There are more than 600 known species and countless hybrids. They’re native to Central and South America and even a small part of the Southern US. Air plants are usually divided into two categories: mesic and xeric, and much of what puts them in one category or the other are the quantity and size of their trichomes

Trichomes are the raised hair or scale-like structures all air plants have that cover the surfaces of their leaves to be able to extract the moisture and nutrients that come their way as well as reflect sunlight in desert conditions for xeric species. The more fluffy and gray a tillandsia looks, generally the more sun and heat it can take. (This is true of other plants with gray, fuzzy leaves as well.)

Mesic tillandsia are native to moderately humid regions like Central and South American rainforests. They prefer more filtered light than xeric types. The leaves of mesic air plants are deeper green and smoother due to smaller and fewer trichomes. 

Xeric air plants are from drier, more desert-like climates. Their leaves have a higher concentration of trichomes that are larger in size compared to the mesics, giving them a gray or fuzzy appearance. Often their leaves are wider to allow more surface area for absorbing water and light.

Mesic air plant – Tillandsia bulbosa. have smooth, green leaves and can be found at Flymeawaycreations Etsy Shop.

Tillandsia are epiphytes, which means they typically live on on a branch, trunk, rock, or other place that isn’t soil so they aren’t saturated in water for long. They aren’t parasitic and cause no harm if growing on another plant. Tillandsia roots are purely for attachment to tree branches or moss surface they chose to attach to. So getting their roots wet is pointless. If you purchase any air plant at Flymeawaycreations Etsy Shop, your air plant comes along with moss to help the roots attach and for the plant to thrive!

Air Plant Light

Where to put your air plants to keep them healthy? Tillandsia prefer bright, filtered light. According to Flymeawaycreations Shop which sells air plants and air plant planters, keeping them no more than 10” away from of a window indoors or a full-spectrum artificial light works well. Also sitting on a covered patio with little sunlight, the plant will thrive as well.

Air Plant Watering

When it comes to tillandsia, there are some who swear by misting, others by soaking, or a combination. I will lay it out it from the get-go; I fall into the soaking camp. I have a couple of reasons why I think this is easier and more practical.

If you choose to mist, in order to give your tillandsia enough moisture, misting needs to happen roughly every other day, depending on your tillandsia type and your conditions.

If you have just one tillandsia, that may be a realistic schedule to stick to. Just keep your mister nearby, whip it out and mist every other day or so.

However, after starting out with just one tillandsia, you may find that they mysteriously start multiplying. By this I mean you start acquiring more. And then you start to scatter them around the house because you fall in love with their quirky appearance and find they enhance your sense of green well being and your home decor.

Now that we’ve discussed all about how to care for your air plants, let’s have some fun displaying our air plants! Flymeawaycreations Shop is all about bringing the indoors inside and nature-inspired design and decor. Visit the shop today! http://www.flymeawaycreations.com

Socially Distanced Halloween

Some of the best parts of Halloween are canceled this year due to the pandemic — like trick-or-treating and in-person costume parties — but, decorating your house, apartment, or yard  is a safe alternative to those higher-risk activities. And being stuck at home is as good a reason as any to step it up a notch from the usual crazy inflatables and cheap cobwebs. To help you find the best Halloween lights, yard decorations, props, turning your home into a haunted house, both inside and out. I have given a few tips of spooky, décor for sale online.

Best cobwebs and Lighting

Creepy Cloth, which is basically loosely woven, cheesecloth like material that you can drape over lamps, doorways, and furniture or even use as a backdrop for your virtual Halloween zoom gatherings!

Lighting  is another easy way to create a spooky atmosphere, both indoors and out. “Darkness can play at an advantage. When it comes to creating dimmer lighting indoors — even if it’s just for the benefit and fright of immediate members of your household — all you need to do is replace your regular bulbs with super-low-watt versions, or colored light bulbs, such as purple or orange.

Cost-effective Halloween props

The best deal, however, is probably the skeletons, which are durable and attractive. It can be lightweight and it accepts paint, it’s easy to add things to it. You can dress them up, and it doesn’t take a whole lot to stand them up.  If you want to spook out your patio or covered porch, check out Zombie or Skull 3D printed planters at Flymeawaycreations Shop where these fun planters are small but can creep out any space by adding fun succulents, cacti, or mum flowers to them. Also you can’t forget pumpkins, you can create spooky jack o lanterns by carving a creative face or a spooky scene. If you are not the best carver, then Flymeawaycreations Etsy Shop has cute mini Jack o lanterns that are 3D printed and work great next to the front door with fun Halloween décor. Also the Shop has solid 3D printed white and black glittery pumpkins to choose from.

There’s a Halloween decorating style for everyone and you can find any of these fun items on online shops like Etsy, Amazon, or even Target!

Fun Lighting for the yard or patio!
Find any of these at Flymeawaycreations.com

How to create Japanese Moss Balls

How to create Japanese Moss Balls known as Kokedama

A perfect way to add greenery to your home without pots cluttering your window sill or table, this can give you a fun new way to display your house plants! Recently, I have learned how to make hanging Japanese moss balls and its simple and fun to make! I am a huge fan of Japanese decor and culture, so our house is sprinkled with this lovely decor throughout the rooms.

Materials that you will need : 4” potted plant that loves direct sunlight such as; asparagus fern,, or hedera ivy. Peat moss, potting soil, sheet moss, fishing line or jute twine.

Below is the instructions to follow to create this fun a new hanging planter

1st Prepare the root ball

Water your plant the day before this will ensure that the soil is damp, but not liquid to work with. Remove the plant from its pot and mold / shape the soil and roots into a ball shape base.

2nd Create a mixture of 1 part peat moss and 1 part soil, add water to the mixture and form a firm ball.

Split the ball in half and take one half of the ball to place and form it to the plant root ball, then repeat the same process for the second half. At the end you should have a larger formed root ball around your plant.

3rd Wrapping with sheet moss

Soak the sheet moss in water until it becomes soft, then lay your plant ball in center of the sheet moss and wrap the plant ball with the sheet moss. Wrap the fishing twine around the circumference of the moss ball until the moss is not loose.

4th Hanging your plant

First think about how far you would like to hang your plant in the window or space. Cut the twine measure out a piece 4 times the length from the hook. Fold the twine in half, then fold it in ½ again. Tie the folded ends together to form loops for hanging then tie the loose ends together, place each of the 4 lines apart and place the plant ball in the middle of the line and pull up the loops to hang!

Planting Cactus Seeds

There are two ways of growing cactus; from seeds or cuttings. For cactus enthusiasts, growing cactus from seeds is rewarding though it requires patience! Growing cacti from seeds is not as hard as you might think. One of the most common mistakes people make is planting the seeds too deeply. You should only plant a seed as deep in the soil as the seed is wide

Below are a few steps to help you get started on your little indoor cacti garden!

Get some cactus seeds, these can be found at Flymeawaycreations.com or at your local garden shop.

Fill a garden container pot with high-drainage soil.

Water it well, then let the water drain.

Spread the seeds on top, then cover them with a thin layer of soil.

Place it in a sunny location, then wait for the seeds to grow.

After planting your fun seeds, you might have a few questions about what to do next:

How often should I water cactus seeds?

While growing, cacti and succulents should be watered at least once a week. Some people water more often than this. During each watering, give the soil a good soaking, so that water runs out of the ‘drainage holes’ of the pots.

How Long Does A Seed Take to Germinate?

The seed germination time depends mostly on the species and where you are growing your cactus. When you choose to grow your cactus indoors, they are more likely to germinate fast. Indoors are a more controlled environment, and seed germination can take between three months.

How much sunlight?

After soil moistening and covering the seeds with sand, you need to cover them in a transparent lid or plastic wrap. Place your seeds in a strategic location, preferably indoors, where they have access to the right amount of sun. Consider placing them on a sunny windowsill.Do not place them outside because they don’t like intense sunlight. The purpose of the transparent lid retains moisture and helps the cacti sprout as well as allowing light to reach the plant. Monitor your seedlings carefully. If they start turning purple or becoming red, the chances are that they are getting sunburned. Reduce the amount of light access.

You can find more helpful information on Pintrest and you can always reach out to our shop on Etsy!

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Exploring Nature with Children

During this difficult period, nature has provided me and my little ones with relief from the stress of our major life transition. The exercise, combined with the beautiful scenery and the kids’ company, was my daily dose of soothing comfort. Seeing a red-tailed hawk soaring above helped me to think of the need for a “bird’s-eye view” for a broader perspective on my own circumstances. Witnessing the vegetation, ants, butterflies, and squirrels mirrored to me that life is constantly evolving and adapting over time.

I appreciate the healing power of my walks in nature. The wilderness gave me a place to reflect, discern, plan, and exhale from the stress of the personal changes taking place. Taking the time to stop and look closely at the insects, the flowers, rocks, and leaves rejuvenated my spirit and gave me renewed appreciation for how life is constantly unfolding around us. Even during the subsequent months as I adjusted to my new status, being in nature gave me a constant grounding for myself and for the kids. Nature serves as a refuge to inspire, reflect, and heal. Studies reveal that being in nature has a powerful positive effect on the mind, body, and spirit. The statistics on the health benefits for kids of being in nature are remarkable and, in many ways, not surprising. Outdoor activities increase physical fitness, raise levels of vitamin D and improve distance vision; being in nature reduces ADHD symptoms; schools with outdoor education programs help students score higher in standardized tests and improve their critical thinking skills. Nature also reduces stress levels and enhances social interactions among children.

Outdoor play fosters children’s intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development. And by being outside and surrounded by nature, children experience an ever-changing and free-flowing environment that stimulates all the senses.

The natural world is a giant, open-ended learning laboratory. Children are innate scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors. Nature provides countless opportunities for discovery, creativity, problem-solving, and STEM education. In nature, children think, question, and make hypotheses — thereby developing inquisitive minds. Whether they are judging the distance between two rocks before jumping or considering where insects go in the winter, children are constantly thinking when they are in nature. These experiences offer real, authentic learning like nothing else can. As children take risks, try, and fail, and try again, they gain resilience and confidence.

My kids and I decided to create a Nature Scavenger Hunt Card for us to take on our walks in the park. This card opens their curiosity and teaches them all about their surroundings. You can now find these fun cards at Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop in single or sets!

Also here are a few more brain building nature activities for children:

Build with and dig in dirt

Watch worms wriggle through the soil

Gaze at clouds

Jump in puddles

Listen to birds sing

Construct things with twigs and mud

Visit the shop to find the nature play cards, or garden flowering seeds to get your kids excited about nature!

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