How Much Light Does My Bromeliad Need?

Author: Melanie Dearringer6 Comments

Frequently Asked Questions

Lighting diagram

-A general rule

Light requirements vary depending on the type of bromeliad you are caring for. Generally, if your bromeliad has soft, flexible leaves, it will prefer lower lighting levels. While a bromeliad possessing hard or stiff leaves will most likely enjoy bright, indirect light. Check out our Bromeliad Basics: Lighting article for more detailed information on this topic.

NOTE: Use our Bromeliad Identification Flowchart to determine which genus of bromeliad you have for an even better idea of your specific bromeliad’s care requirements.

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6 Responses to “How Much Light Does My Bromeliad Need?”

  1. Cynthia Underwood says:

    my plant has dried in the middle, what’s wrong with it?

    1. Melanie Dearringer says:

      Hi Cynthia. I assume you are referring to your bromeliad’s inflorescence. If that is the case, what you are experiencing is normal. Most bromeliads will only bloom once in their lifetime. When your bloom is no longer ornamental, it should be removed so the plant can focus on continuing its legacy by producing pups. Here is an article that explains the process of cutting your spent inflorescence and how to care for the pups to come. Reblooming Bromeliads: Your Questions Answered

  2. p. HABERMAN says:

    Is it possible for a novice to grow this plant?

    1. Melanie Dearringer says:

      Bromeliads are relatively easy plants to grow as long as you understand their needs. Check out our Bromeliad Basics Series to get a general idea on how to care for these beautiful plants.

  3. TaSha says:

    My bromeliad was A bright and vivid orange when i first bought Her. She has slowly began to fade and now her tips are darkening and she just looks so sick! What is wrong with her? I keep her soil SLIGHTLY damp and her cup is always full of fresh water that i keep out over night so as to allow the chlorine to evapoRate. Could it be that she needs more direct sunlight?

    1. Melanie Dearringer says:

      I will assume that you are speaking of the bloom fading and beginning to wilt. This is a normal part of a bromeliad’s life cycle. You can learn more about what do to with your spent bloom and what to expect from your bromeliad going forward here.

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