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MEDITERRANEAN AND DESERT CLIMATES
There are many
types of bromeliads that grow outdoors in your climate, especially if
you are within 10 miles of an ocean or large body of water.
Customers in your climate usually order Alcantarea,
Bromelia, and Portea
species to grow outdoors- these can take some light frost and stand up
to low humidity. If you have a good sprinkler system and some
overhead protection from hardwood trees, roofs, etc. you can grow some
of the more marginal species such as Billbergia, Neoregelia,
Your average annual
rainfall is probably about 6-20 inches, which means your bromeliads will
need additional irrigation from a sprinkler system, misting system, or
hand-watering. Outdoor bromeliads should be planted in an area
that's protected from harsh winds, heavy frost, and ground pollutants.
It is best to plant
bromeliads outdoors in Spring. Once your plant a bromeliad in the
ground, water the "cup" in the middle of the plant, as well as the
roots. Once the bromeliad develops a good root system during the
warm growing months, it will be more drought-tolerant and will not
require as much water.
Of course, you can
also grow bromeliads indoors in a pot, just water the "cup" once a week
or so and try to place next to a window or French door.
If you have any
questions about growing bromeliads in your area, or if you need
suggestions, please feel free to