Much to all plant lovers’ disappointment, air plants – tillandsia – will not be available in large quantities any time soon in Australia. This is due to a ban on imports of air plants into Australia due to the presence of a bacteria known as Xylella (Xylella fastidiosa).
Xylella is currently not found in Australia but the risk that this bacteria poses to Australian agriculture is huge. Once it is established it is impossible to eradicate.
So hang on to your tillandsia and treat them well! We hope the ban is resolved soon. Once the ban is lifted and imports resume, so will our supply of air plant products.