Quick answer No. Air plants like to get wet and then dry out, if they stay wet they can rot. To avoid rot do not place your plant in or on soil. Air plants can grow in anything that doesn’t hold moisture. Examples are sand, a dish, seashells or a vase are some great examples of containers for your new plant. You don’t need to set your air plant in anything. You can simply set it on a table while you take your time looking for the perfect new home for your new air plant.
We love our shell planters. We use them frequently in our shop and make for a great hostess gift or souvenir.