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Description: Tillandsia gardneri is native to Tobago and Trinidad, Venuzuela, Colombia and Brazil. This plant, has feathery, soft, white foliage which is similar in feel to thin paper. These leaves fan out in a symmetrical fashion which is quite aesthetically pleasing. T. gardneri prefers cooler temperatures, bright light, good humidity and air flow. The plant has a stunning inflorescence which is a soft, pastel pink and produces tubular pink flowers. This plant pollinates easily and will often pollinate itself as this is the main way it reproduces. As the plant mostly only produces a single pup, it makes up for this by producing many seed pods which are full of seed! This is the main way T. gardneri is multiplied in nature and in cultivation. This species is susceptible to rot if kept too moist. We recommend mounting the plant in a bright, dry position with good air flow.
Position: They should receive bright, indirect sunlight. Indoors, an east or west facing window area is ideal. Outdoors under partially shaded conditions is fine but in the colder states protection from frost is required, so an undercover or indoors area is more appropriate.
Watering: As a general rule, a plant in a hot position will require watering every 2-3 days. In a dark, humid environment watering once per week can often be adequate. This can be achieved by misting or dunking the plant. If outdoors, a hose can be used. When dunking a plant, leave submerged in a bowl of water for 10-20 minutes before shaking off excess water. Air plants love to dry out completely between each watering and must never have water sitting at their base as this will cause the plant to rot.
Fertilisation: We recommend fertilising your Air Plants once a fortnight in the warmer months and once a month through winter. We sell Air Plant Fertiliser in our "Decor" section and this bottle can be diluted to create 1L of fertiliser.
Each living plant is unique and may vary slightly in size, colour or shape depending on the season. Flowering plants are sent when available.