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carlinav
May 29, 2016 7:11 AM CST
Can a bromelaid be used in a container planting that will be in full sunlight most of the day? I am on Long Island and the temps can get into the high 90s.
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drdawg
May 29, 2016 7:50 AM CST
Welcome! @carlinav. Generally speaking, bromeliads are shade-loving plants. I imagine there are bromeliads that tolerate full sun but all I grow should have shade between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. I am in the deep south though.

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WillC
May 29, 2016 8:02 AM CST
Indoors, most Bromeliads can handle direct sunlight. However, outdoor sun is much more intense and few Bromeliad can tolerate direct rays of the outdoor sun except for very early or late in the day, as Ken indicated. What species of Bromeliad do you have? There are many different kinds with different light and temperature tolerances.
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dyzzypyxxy
May 29, 2016 9:01 AM CST
Maybe if the bromeliad would be shaded by taller plants in the planter, it would do ok. But I wouldn't take a chance on putting it in there until the tall plants get established.

How about posting a picture of the container you're thinking of putting it in?

And yes, please let us know where you are because your climatic conditions will also help determine the answer to your question.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
May 29, 2016 9:09 AM CST
I agree with Will and Elaine. Knowing your growing conditions and the varieties you want to grow will help answer that "sun" question.
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Dutchlady1
May 29, 2016 9:30 AM CST
There are plenty of Bromeliads that love full sun. I have a lot around my yard in full Florida sunshine. Other absolutely detest the sun. So - pick your species and variety!
Here is a link that might help.
http://www.bromeliads.info/best-bromeliads-full-sun/
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ctcarol
May 29, 2016 12:07 PM CST
Great information, Hetty!

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