Breeder based in Belgium, Unique Tropique has extended its new range of air Tillandsias. “We wanted to have a unique range and unique varieties of air Tillandsias,” the company explains. “We already had the tech and the know-how on how to grow classic Bromeliads/Tillandsias, so we decided to step up our game and go for air Trillandisas.”
The company grows over 40 different varieties. From the colorful Rainforest Red, to the fluffy Andreana, the beautiful Majestic and the Marvelous Masterpiece! “These plants are quite easy to tend to. This makes it perfect for everyone, especially for those people who really want plants but their thumb is not that green,” they chuckle.
Unique Tropique sends most of their products to Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. “We send all our plants around the world, as transportation is quite easy with air Tillandsias as they do not need lot of water/soil,” they remark. “However they can’t be for too long on the road – 4-5 days max, else the quality gets compromised.”
All the Unique Tropique plants are grown in their glasshouse out of Ghent, Belgium. Thanks to the high degree of control they have on every single aspect of cultivation, the company doesn’t use a lot of fertilizer, meaning that they haven’t been much affected by the increasing input prices. Yet, air Tillandsias require a consistent environment at minimum of 15 degrees Celsius. So the company had to deal with the higher energy prices. “Being in Belgium, we need to warm the glasshouse quite a lot. This increases the production price, but we have decided not to increase the final price to the consumer.”
The company is constantly working to create new varieties, and it shows that they have a new product every few years. “This takes time,” they point out. “We do a lot of tests and trials, as we don’t want to release anything that is not perfect.”