Welcome to Andy’s award winning air plants the home of tillandsia and other bromeliads for sale in the UK.
At Andy’s Air Plants you can find information on the wonderful world of Bromeliads and shop my beautiful range of Air Plants (Tillandsia) for sale. My name is Andrew Gavin and I am a plant enthusiast, amateur botanist and plant collector in Penzance, Cornwall UK. I have studied and worked in Horticulture for 20 years and I am R.H.S qualified. I work as a gardener and have been employed by owners of various large gardens and Estates, public and private, working with various plant collections. Read more about me here…
Air Plants (Tillandsia)
Air plant is a common name for the genus Tillandsia in the Bromeliad family native to the forests, mountains and deserts of Central and South America. Take a look at the range of air plants currently in stock.
Here at Andy’s Air Plants you will find a wonderful assortment of air plant selection packs. Selection packs are a great way to start your air plant collection especially if you are new to the world of Tillandsia (air plants).
Mounted Air Plants
Mounted air plants make an attractive display in your home. Tillandsia’s have a very superficial root system that is only used for anchorage, this means you have much flexibility in how you choose to display or grow your plants.
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2019 Shows and Events
April 6th-7th - Cornwall Garden Society Flower Show. The Royal Cornwall Showground Wadebridge.
April 12th-14th - RHS Flower Show Cardiff. Bute Park Cardiff.
May 9th-12th - RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Three Counties Showground Malvern.
May 21st-25th - RHS Chelsea Flower Show. London.
June 6th-8th - Royal Cornwall Show. The Royal Cornwall Showground Wadebridge.
July 2nd-7th - RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. London.
July 17th-21st - RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Knutsford Cheshire.
- August 2nd-3rd - Taunton Flower Show. Taunton.
- August 16th-18th - RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show. Great Torrington North Devon.
- September 3rd-8th - RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show. Surrey.
What is an Air Plant?
Air plant is a common name for the genus Tillandsia in the Bromeliad family native to the forests, mountains and deserts of Central and South America.
Air plants are named so because of their ability to take all their nutrients from moisture in the air unlike most other plants which need to draw up nutrients through the roots.
To do this air plants absorb nutrients from any available moisture in the air such as rain, mist/fog or evaporating dew and from here they draw their nutrient source. They are also known as air plants because of their ability to fill a niche and grow as epiphytes in tree canopies, or on other plants such as scrub bushes and cacti. Some species can also be found growing on rocks and cliffs as (saxicoles/liphophytes), some have colonised telegraph wires and even houses and roofs. Others grow terrestrially in environments such as coastal deserts, stabilising sand dunes.
Mounting and Displaying your Air Plants
After you have received your plants you can start to think about mounting and displaying your air plants, the possibilities are endless.
Tillandsia’s have a very superficial root system that is only used for anchorage, this means that you have much flexibility in how you choose to display or grow your plants. A happy Tillandsia will root on to almost anything, but don’t worry if your plant does not root much, many plants grow to full size, flower and clump without hardly ever putting out roots.
Latest from my Blog
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is a wonderful show, set in the most beautiful grounds of sprawling park land with thousands of beautiful large trees set singularly or in copses with large lakes and herds of Deer. Many of the Exhibitors including myself camp near...read more
The Royal Cornwall Show is another County show meaning all the fun of the farm and countryside and everything associated with it is on display. It's my local County show and an absolute joy to attend. This was my 3rd attendance at this show and I'm very pleased to say...read more
My fourth Flower show of 2018 was the Royal Bath and West. This is a County show and has all the attractions of a rural and farming life show, from Tractors to Bee keeping and prize Sheep and Cattle competitions. I don't get much chance to look around at these shows...read more
What my Customers are Saying
“I’m always impressed by the quality of the plants Andy sends, they’re clearly well grown and all carefully packed and labelled. I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve received, 10/10!”Jenn from Edinburgh
“I would definitely recommend buying from Andy’s Air Plants Thank you so much for my beautiful plants they look fantastic in my conservatory and arrived perfect and very quick Will definitely be buying more.”Aileen from Essex
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