Bromeliad Sunlight Requirements

Bromeliads are mainly native to the subtropical regions of North and South America, where they grow beneath tree canopies in humid climates. To mimic their natural environment, provide bromeliads with bright indirect sunlight to promote blooming and bold foliage color. Yellow-brown plants might be getting too much light whereas dark, elongated leaves can indicate a lack of light. With low light, colors may be diminished. Choose an area with bright filtered sunlight for best growth results.

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Best Rooms To Grow Bromeliads

Bright indirect sunlight is best for bromeliads. For the optimal amount of light, choose a location near a west- or east-facing window. If you only have a southern window available, you could hang a sheer curtain to ensure the plant isn’t receiving direct sunlight. Direct bright light can scorch the foliage and leave brown spots. 

The type of bromeliad will determine how much light is needed. In general, hard and stiff-leaved bromeliads prefer brighter light. Bromeliads with softer leaves typically grow best in lower light. When in doubt, place your bromeliad in an area with bright indirect light. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that bromeliads love warm temperatures and high humidity. Bathrooms and kitchens are naturally more humid and can be good locations for growing a bromeliad. Average home temperatures are usually fine for bromeliads, as long as the plant is protected from drafts and air vents that may crisp and brown the leaves. 

Providing Supplemental Sunlight To Bromeliads

If your bromeliad plant is not getting enough light, you can use LED or fluorescent bulbs to supplement. Bromeliads need at least 5 hours under a full-spectrum LED grow light, or 8-10 hours under a fluorescent light. If your bromeliad is losing its coloration and becomes elongated, the plant probably needs more supplemental light.

Sunlight Needed For Growing Bromeliads Outdoors

In tropical environments, bromeliads can be grown outdoors year round, and some species make an excellent groundcover. If you live in an environment with cold winters, you can grow your potted bromeliad outdoors during the warm months, and bring it indoors when temperatures drop. Find a sheltered location outdoors that gets dappled or indirect sunlight for your bromeliad. One thing to keep in mind is the soil may dry out faster outdoors, so watering may be needed more often.

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Author Aimée Minard - Published 06-24-2023