Tillandsia gardneri

Gardner's air plant

Tillandsia gardneri

Gardner's air plant

  • Epiphyte from South America
  • Simple and decorative plant
  • Suitable for dry forest and semi-desert terrariums
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Description

Tillandsia gardneri is native to Venezuela, Colombia, Trinidad and the east and southeast of Brazil. It is often found there as an epiphyte on trees and other woody plants or rock (lithophyte) in rather arid to semihumid regions. It is a medium-sized Tillandsia with a height of about 15 - 25 cm. The about 1,5 - 2 cm broad leaves are arranged in a rosette. The light purple to blue, funnel-shaped flowers are arranged in spikes.

T. gardneri is classified as a "grey tillandsia". These usually come from drier, more exposed places than the so-called green tillandsias. They often grow higher up in the treetops, in dry forests or even in deserts with a lot of fog. These atmospheric plants absorb water and nutrients from rain, mist and dust completely via the many absorbent scales on the leaves. The roots, if still present, serve as an adhesive organ. In culture, such tillandsias are tied or glued to hard materials such as wood or stones. The species prefers a very light, airy place. Spray the plants with dripping soft water about two to three times a week. Dipping is also possible. After watering, the plant should be allowed to dry. Ideally, an orchid and tillandsia fertiliser should be added every second watering during spring and summer.

Flower

Like almost all tillandsias, T. gardneri also forms several children at its base after flowering. These can be carefully separated from the mother plant when they reach a size of about one third. If they are not separated, they grow together to form a larger bunch.

This medium-sized Tillandsia can be wonderfully integrated into a medium-sized to large dry forest, dry scrub or savannah terrarium.

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Tillandsia gardneri
Cultivation options Epiphytic
Growth height up to 15 - 25 cm
Temperature approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity At least 60 %
Light requirement Bright to sunny, no direct sun at noon
Watering Spray every 2 - 3 days with soft, low-lime water, e.g. rainwater, or dip once a week
Fertilising In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for Dry forest, dry scrub or savannah terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic
Growth height
up to 15 - 25 cm
Temperature
approx. 15 - 30 °C
Humidity
At least 60 %
Light requirement
Bright to sunny, no direct sun at noon
Watering
Spray every 2 - 3 days with soft, low-lime water, e.g. rainwater, or dip once a week
Fertilising
In spring and summer, with every second watering, orchid or Tillandsia fertiliser
Propagation
Formation of pups after blooming
Suitable for
Dry forest, dry scrub or savannah terrariums

Terrarienpflanzen

Our terrarium plants give every terrarium an individual, natural atmosphere and at the same time provide a healthy environment for all terrarium inhabitants. Our wide range of tropical, subtropical and even arid plants are easy to combine and enhance any terrascape. Whether it's strong succulents, subtle tillandsias, eye-catching neoregelias or wonderful orchids - we offer terrarium plants for different terrascapes from rainforest to desert.

General information

Item no.
192.0218.02
EAN
Weight 0,02 kg
Shipping weight 0,07 kg

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