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Tillandsia gardneri

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Tillandsia, commonly known as 'Air Plants', are a beautiful genus of over 600 species belonging to the Bromeliad family. These little gems are aptly named for their unique ability to grow completely free of soil, requiring only water and the occasional boost with fertiliser to thrive. 

The Tillandsia gardneri has soft, silvery/white foliage that fans out in a symmetrical form. It produces a stunning soft, pastel pink inflorescence and produces tubular pink flowers. This variety of Tillandsia mostly produces only one single pup; however, it does self-pollinate and produces many seed pods! This is the most common way this species reproduces in nature and in cultivation. 

Tillandsia gardneri require a position with bright, but indirect sunlight. Water regularly, ensuring that the entire plant is saturated, however do not let it sit in water as this can rot the base of the plant. Furthermore, ensure your Tillandsia receives proper air flow, this allows them to dry out adequately between watering and prevents rot. Use a weak liquid (non-urea based) fertiliser (1/4 strength) or a Bromeliad/Tillandsia specific fertiliser once a month to encourage growth, bloom cycle and offset (pup) production. 

All pictures are of plants currently for sale or previously sold at The Tropic Gardener. The plant photographed should be used as an indication of size and quality only and may not be the exact plant you receive. Form and colour will vary slightly.

Pickup and Delivery


How Our Shipping Works 

We use Australia Post Express Post. Always. 

We ship at 9am on Monday mornings to reduce the chance of plants sitting in Aus Post warehouses over weekends. (Our plants will generally survive up to 2 weeks in boxes, but we like to reduce any risk at all). 

Check out our blog about how we prepare your plants for online delivery 

Shipping Costs and Sizing

Strap yourself in, this is a little complicated! 

Our shipping rates are based on weight. This is why we’ll never cramp a plant with big leaves into a small box, because it’s weight, not size that Australia Post charges for. 

We have four different box sizes.

  • Small Order =  $15 shipping
  • Medium Order = $20 shipping
  • Large Order = $25 shipping
  • Extra Large = $30 shipping (up to 800g)

An order with multiple plants over the 800g limit will be packaged in multiple boxes, at the following rates: 

Multiple Boxes: 

  • Extra Large and Small  =$35
  • Extra Large and Medium = $40
  • Extra Large and Large = $45

After that, we cap our shipping at $50. So feel free to order as many plants as you like and know that most you’ll pay is $50!

As all of our plants come in varying sizes, we have to make the best shipping decision for the health of the plant, so each order is a little different. It’s a bit of a tricky process. As a result our costs are sometimes fractionally extra than you might see on the Aus Post website, but that’s because we include the cost of the packaging materials and the time it takes to carefully pack your new plant. 

We hope this clears up any mystery about how we price our shipping for our online nursery. We will always do our best to both package your plants safely and with maximum affordability. Please do contact us if you have any further questions!