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Tillandsia International
43714 Rd. 415
Coarsegold, CA
93614 U.S.A.
(559) 683-7097
Fax (559) 658-8847

About Us

We are the world's largest greenhouse grower of Tillandsia
(13 Production Greenhouses on 178 Acres!)

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  • Your order is carefully hand selected to insure top quality plants and prompt delivery.
  • Our inventory consists of hundreds of species and millions of plants. Our distributors report that 70% of their sales are unmounted  plants.
  • Our distributors deal directly with us, the grower, for fresher plants and better pricing.
  • We cater to the distributor who wants to create their own end products by mounting their own plants.
  • Our Tillandsias are ideal for mounting on driftwood, branches, burls, stones, shells, etc. Your imagination is the only limitation!
  • Your customers will love having their own Tillandsia plants! Sell them solo. Sell them mounted. All they need is air, water and light!
  • Tillandsias are unique, soil-free plants that absorb nutrients and water through their leaves. Easy to grow! Easy to sell!

Welcome to Tillandsia International...

Established in 1977, we are North America’s largest Tillandsia nursery, consisting of 13 production greenhouses on 178 acres. We have dedicated our efforts to grow Tillandsia only. Tillandsia International is located in the small town of Coarsegold between Fresno and Yosemite National Park in central California.

Tillandsia International is dedicated to serving the small businessperson in the distribution of the Tillandsia genus. We do not sell retail or compete with our customers in any way. We do not sell to chain stores or reserve our best stock for them. This assures that you, the small businessperson, have access to our entire inventory. Your order is hand selected from our inventory consisting of millions of plants and hundreds of species. Our vast inventory allows us to ship you the plants you want at a moments notice. In most cases, plants ordered before 10:00 am (p.s.t) are shipped the same day.


Tillandsias are attractive and fascinating members of the pineapple family (Bromeliaceae). Their native habitat is the southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. They are found growing on rocks and trees without soil. They receive all of their water and nutrients through the fuzzy gray scales on their leaves called trichomes. These scales can be quite developed (fuzzy) or microscopic on others (green smooth leaved). Nutrients in nature are provided by dust, decaying leaves and insect matter. Their wire-like roots are void of root hairs and are used for anchoring only.

Tillandsias have a cycle of growth beginning with a single plant which grows to maturity (different sizes for different species). When the plant reaches maturity it blooms in its season, with spikes lasting from several weeks to many months. The color of the bloom depends on the species. When the bloom is finished, new plants (pups, offshoots, babies) grow out of the base of the parent plant. The new plants then grow up around the parent as it slowly dies off with the new plants growing to maturity and completing the bloom cycle in one to several years, depending on the species and cultural conditions. When the plant isn't blooming it is growing new plants. Watching these offshoots grow without soil is the real satisfaction in growing Tillandsias and the blooms are the final reward.

Tillandsias can be mounted on shells, burls, rocks, vines, ceramic pieces or almost anything else. Most people use an adhesive to mount small plants. The most common adhesive is E-6000, Silicone Chalking (clear), or liquid Nail. Other people use fishing line or thin wire to mount their plants. Experiment using various materials to find what works best for you!



Lighting for Tillandsias should be bright but filtered. They grow best in a greenhouse or a frost-protected, shaded patio. They also can be grown in the house directly in front of an east, west or south window. Fresh moving air is advisable but remember the most important care need is bright filtered light. Tillandsia love direct sun, November through March. Tillandsias also respond well to full spectrum artificial light.


Thoroughly wet your Tillandsia 2-3 times per week, more often in a hot, dry environment, less often in cool, humid one. Plants should be given enough light and air circulation to dry in no longer than 4 hours after watering.

Spray misting is insufficient as the sole means of watering but may be beneficial between regular waterings in dry climates to increase the humidity. If the plant is in a shell, be sure to empty any water out of the shell.
Under-watering is evidenced by an exaggerating of the natural concave curve of each leaf.


Use Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) twice a month. It is GREAT for blooming and reproduction! Other water-soluble fertilizers can be used at 1/4 strength (Rapid Grow, Miracle-Grow, etc.) if Bromeliad fertilizer is not available.

Tillandsia International is a wholesale nursery. We exclusively grow Tillandsia air plants. Our huge inventory of low-priced bulk air plants, plus hybrid and collector air plants ensure our customers the highest quality, and largest in-stock availability in the industry.