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Tillandsia gardneri

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Tillandsia gardneri

Common Name: Air Plant

Family: Bromeliaceae

Genus: Tillandsia

Species: T. gardneri

Leaf Color: Silver to green

Flower Color: Pink to purple

Height: 6-7″

Width: 2-4″

Lifespan: Several years

Watering: Submerge 10 minutes – once a week

Propagation: Seeds and pups

Natural Habitat: Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago

Toxicity: Non-toxic

Tillandsia gardneri Care

This silvery-leaved Tillandsia is a fast grower. Topping off at a height of about 6-7″, it can easily become one of your larger air plants. The low-maintenance Tillandsia gardneri also produces purple flowers.

Here are some general tips for caring for your Tillandsia gardneri:

Watering

Watering is forgiving thanks to the high density of trichomes on the leaves. However, it’s best to follow a regular watering schedule of about once a week. To water, simply submerge the plant in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. Then, shake off any excess water and allow the plant to fully dry before placing it back in its holder.

Lighting

Tillandsia gardneri thrives in bright, indirect light. If you live in a particularly sunny climate, you may want to provide some filtered light to prevent the leaves from scorching.

Temperature

This air plant prefers warm temperatures and will not do well in colder climates. If you live in an area with cooler winters, make sure to bring your Tillandsia gardneri indoors or keep it in a heated greenhouse.

Flowering

Tillandsia gardneri produces pink to purple flowers. The plant will bloom only once in its lifetime.

Tillandsia gardneri Habitat

This air plant is native to Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago.

Tillandsia gardneri Lifespan

With proper care, Tillandsia gardneri can live several years.

Propagating Tillandsia gardneri

Tillandsia gardneri can be propagated by seeds or pups. Pups are easy to remove and can be replanted in their own pot.

Tillandsia gardneri Toxicity

This plant is non-toxic and safe for humans and animals.