Bromeliad Basics: Temperature

Author: Melanie Dearringer6 Comments

Care and Culture, Growing Indoors, Growing Outdoors

In this article you’ll find helpful information on the general temperature requirements for most bromeliad plants.


temperatureBromeliads have adapted to become fairly tolerant of wide temperature variations. Most bromeliads prefer temperatures between 60°F (15.5°C) and 80°F (26.7°C) but can survive in hotter climates and temperatures down to freezing. Bromeliads that reside in hotter temperatures will require higher humidity for optimal growth. Bromeliads that make their home in regions where temperature approach freezing should be covered to protect them from the damaging frost. If you are growing a bromeliad outdoors, it is important to ensure your region’s hardiness zone is ideal for your type of bromeliad.

A hardiness zone refers to a geographical area that is categorized by its climatic conditions. When a plant is described as being “hardy to a zone” it means that the plant is capable of withstanding the minimum temperatures of that region or zone. Hardiness zones were first developed in the United States by the Department of Agriculture but have since been adopted by other countries.

For even more information on bromeliad basic care, check out these great articles:
Bromeliad Basics: An Introduction
Bromeliad Basics: Fertilizer
Bromeliad Basics: Watering
Bromeliad Basics: Lighting
Bromeliad Basics: Potting Medium
Bromeliad Basics: Repotting
Bromeliad Basics: Propagation

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6 Responses to “Bromeliad Basics: Temperature”

  1. STANLEY LEVY says:

    What would be the best Bromeliads for Zone 9 (Land O Lakes, FL, North Tampa)?

  2. Mona Edwards says:

    I received a Raphael Neoregelia. Live in St.Petersburg,Fl. How do I care for it outdoors.
    Shade/Sun? Water? Fertilizer?
    Thank you

  3. mildred says:

    I live in south Carolina how do I care for this plant.

    1. Celeste Booth says:

      What variety of bromeliad do you have?

  4. Cathy Wells says:

    Is Kentucky to cold to grow a bromeliad outside?

    1. Andrew says:

      It’s…yes most. Early April through mid September they could grow wildly outside on a fence or any gripping surface, that best gets either 2-4 hours sun, or indirect glossy light with a little reprieve. Now, I live on Long Island and am building two greenhouses to produce Bromeliads and sell, if you are in zone 7a it IS possible to grow Spanish miss (which is a bromeliad technically just tiny ones that attach to get airflow, if you put it on the southwest part of your house blocked from north or easterly winds. As long as it comes from Virginia, North Carolina, inland South Carolina, mid Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi or Arkansas as it’s usually a more cold hardy subspecies. It can survive down to 0 degrees for say maybe 6-7 hours two or three times a year. However the dryness and snow could really harm it. It’s much more likely in the early spring to place it where it’s protected and let it acclimate and if it snows hard or gets below 10 degrees throw a cover over it. Plus water it when it’s above freezing. If you do all of that…it very well may, but even ball moss is…unlikely to grow anywhere north of south Tennessee, with help. 7b and maybe 7a if your lucky.

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