How to grow bromeliads outside?

Bromeliads are plants of tropical and subtropical origin that live in humid forests where temperatures are always above 0 degrees. For this reason, in temperate regions they are considered “indoor plants”, since if they were grown outside the house, they would most likely not survive… or maybe they would?

Since plants have surprised me a lot over the years, I know from experience that not everything is black or white. In many books they may tell you that it should not drop below 0 degrees, but what would happen if I plant in a protected corner of the garden, such as under a tree that is next to a wall in my garden? Mediterranean? Most likely, it would still be alive in the spring. So let ‘s see how to grow bromeliads outside .

To be able to grow bromeliads outdoors, the first thing to know is what climate we have and what type of bromeliad we want. Although it is true that there are many that can withstand temperatures of -1ºC or even -2ºC as long as they are sheltered, the reality is that we are going to have many problems with those species that have “soft” leaves . Indeed: the more “coriaceous” they have them, the better they will withstand the cool.

Another important issue is location. Plants in a pot are more sensitive to cold than those in the ground , since the container can cool quickly, even freezing the roots. This does not happen if it is in the ground, so if we have the opportunity, we recommend planting the bromeliads directly in the garden, in soil that has good drainage. In the event that we do not have, we can grow them in a pot or planter that we will have placed near a wall or medium tall bushes so that they can protect them. It is important that they do not get direct sunlight, but that they are in a very bright area.

Bromelia humiis, a very nice plant to have outside

Finally, watering must be moderate: two-three times a week in summer, and every 7-10 days the rest of the year . The water to be used must have the least amount of lime possible, such as rainwater. If we live in an area where it is impossible for us to get it, we will fill a bucket and let it sit overnight. By the next day the heavy metals will have sunk, so we can calmly irrigate with this water. How? Above: bromeliads are always watered from above. I also advise watering a little on the sides so the roots stay moist.

With these tips, I hope you too can enjoy growing bromeliads outside

How to grow bromeliads outside?

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