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Tillandsia gardneri

Distributed in Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, eastern Brazil (Piaui, Ceará, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Parana, Santa Catrina, Riogrande do Sul) at altitudes from 0 to 1,600 m.

Tillandsia gardneri

Tillandsia (Anoplophytum) gardneri Lindley (1842)



  • [ Blooming ] April - May, for a week
  • [ Flower ] Pink
  • [ Fregrance ] None
  • [ Blooming size ] 5 - 7 cm (W) x 10 - 20 cm (H)
  • Needs ventilation. Relatively low degree of humidity tolerance.
  • There is a purple color variety, Tillandsia garneri var. rupicola.
  • Tillandsia chapeuensis looks like Tillandsia gardneri but the inflorescence of that is not pendulous but erect.

Cultivaton tips

Informations summarized here are based on our experiences, and TrekGEO does not guarantee the results by cultivating in the same or similar conditions described here. Even a species of Tillandsia differs substantially between individuals, and is very sensitive in changes of environments. Applicatons of any idea inspired by this site should be at your own risks.

Very high watering frequency cultivation

Grows well. Few leaves at the bottom of leaves die.

Low watering frequency cultivation

Managed to keep the foliage. Leaves at the bottom of leaves die frequently.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • June 2021 A root began to grow.

  • May 2020 It keeps growing.

  • Sept. 2019 The bloomed foliage died and was removed.
  • Apr. 2019 Seed pods opened and seeds are scattered.

  • June 2018 Seed pods began to grow from almost all flowers in the inflorescence.
  • May 2018 An offset began to grow at the base of the inflorescence.
  • Apr. 2018 It bloomed.

  • Dec. 2017 An inflorescence began to grow.
  • June 2017 A root began to grow.

  • Sept. 2016 Good condition.

Cultivation Log (1st foliage)

  • June 2009 The growing point died.

  • Mar. 2008 Roots are growing.

  • Oct. 2006 Moved to another site. Cultivation condition is almost same as the previous site.

  • Oct. 2005 Leaves does not increase because the some numbers of leaves at the bottom of the foliage die as the new leaves at the growing point.

  • Oct. 2004 Tips of leaves turned reddish.
  • Sept. 2004 Roots are growing.
  • Aug. 2004 The temperature rises above 30 °C for 40 days, and the highest temperature was over 39 °C.
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