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
- 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
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