How to Grow an Air Plant on a Crystal


DIY air plant growing on a crystal | Dossier Blog

When I was younger I had a rock collection, and every now and then would purchase some new pretty rocks for this collection. They lived in a tin in my bedside just so I could pull them out every now and then, and looking at how pretty they were…

Fortunately, appreciating crystals and rock formations is a hobby that translates to adulthood, and I’ve just gotten myself a couple of crystal geode-type rocks to add a little sparkle to my home decor.

Not long ago I spotted an air plant for sale that was growing on a crystal and knew I had to try it for myself. And the good news is, the DIY air plant on a crystal geode is SO easy to do!

How to Grow an Air Plant on a Crystal

You will Need:
A crystal or rock of your choice
Air plant
Non-toxic glue such as E6000, hot glue or PVA
A small amount of dirt/sand/small pebbles.

Materials needed to make an air plant grow on a crystal | Dossier Blog

Firstly, if you’re new to caring for air plants, check out these three things you’ll need to look after them properly. For my rocks I used a rose quartz, and and quartz cluster that I found online. While crystals always seemed to be an expensive thing to me, there are some inexpensive ones out there that are good for projects like this.

Because air plants get all their nutrients through their leaves rather than the roots, the base of the plant is generally where they attach themselves to grow on objects in the wild. Sometimes that’s a tree or a rock. In mimicking nature, you may have seen air plants that have been attached to objects to grow on. It’s common to use wire or thread to attach them, but since we don’t want any wires to be seen, glue is totally fine to use and doesn’t harm them at all.

My air plants are a Tillandsia Bergeri (on the rose quartz) and a Tillandsia Stricta on the quartz cluster. You may want to choose your Tillandsias based on the size of your crystals. I went with small ones so they looked in proportion.

Find a spot that works for your air plant to grow from | Dossier Blog

Firstly, place your air plant on your crystal to find the place you’d like it to grow. Maybe there’s a depression where the base of the plant can sit, or a spot that balances out the shape of the crystal.

Remove the air plant and place a dob of glue on this spot on the crystal. Place your air plant on the glue. Then add any sand/dirt/small pebbles around the base to hide any glue from showing. You can use wire or thread to keep the plant in place until the glue dries if needed.

That’s it! What an easy and effective DIY. Place your air plant crystal in a bright but shaded spot, preferably with good airflow.

To water your air plant, submerge it in water once or twice a week. Because air plants get their nutrients through their leaves, you might want to consider giving them an air plant spray to keep them healthy. If you need any help looking after your air plant, check out these tips here or leave me a comment below!

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  • Do you attach the plant to the crystal stone before or after soaking

    • Hi! Air plants need to be regularly watered, so whether you start before or after attaching it to the crystal is up to you. If you soak the plant before, just make sure it’s dry before attaching it to the crystal so that the glue holds. If you don’t want to soak the whole air plant and crystal, misting is another option. However I prefer to soak them weekly for a minute or two, to ensure they get the water they need 🙂

  • If the plant is on a crystal like amethyst or rose quartz, is it okay to submerge it in water? Won’t that harm the crystal?

    • Hi Haley, thanks for your question. I don’t personally follow the new age thinking behind crystals, I made this DIY to be purely decorative. One option is to mist the air plant regularly, however I prefer to fully soak them to ensure they get watered fully 🙂

  • Wow… I just love this air plant on a crystal. This is really very easy to make. It’s an awesome piece of art. Thanks for sharing.


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