Frank De Greef, Fleurizon:

"Holiday season increases tillandsia sales"

November and December have been good months for the tillandsia. "It is one the 'interesting' plants in our assortment and we ship them year-round. However, in these last months of the year the demand increased sharply. This has probably to do with the nice possibilities for Holiday decorations", says Frank De Greef of Fleurizon, a US brokerage firm sells starter material of a broad range of plants to growers all over the US and Europe.

The tillandsia can be found in nature in the trees that are growing in Brazil. "Since these plants are growing “ in the air” they are also called air-plants. They are not parasites as the roots are not going into the tree itself. They grow normally in high humidity countries in the Americas. Lots of rain is what they like. However there are some varieties that like the dry (arid) air, like the majestic Tillandsia xerographica."

Plants in nature. (Picture, taken in Brazil, just south of Rio de Janeiro in June 2016)

Easy to care
The tillandsia seems to fit well in holiday decorations and arrangements, but besides that - and this is probably what makes them extra appealing for the younger generation - it is also a plant that is easy to take care of. "A spray a week or just dipping in water for half an hour every week keeps them alive for a long time."

Picture on the left: The way how Fleurizon ships them in boxes. Picture on the right is an individual plant.

Fleurizon is getting these plants from farms who are reproducing them in nurseries, those nurseries don’t get them out of nature. "So we can enjoy them for generations to come."

A nursery where they grow tillandsias.

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Fleurizon International
Frank de Greef

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