Tropical and House Plants

Tropical plant are wonderful as houseplants, but if you live in a subtropical area, many of these plant selections can be planted in the landscape. Those living in Zones 9 and above can tropical plants as houseplants.

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Breynia – Snow on the Mountain

Bird of Paradise

Houseplants

Other Tropicals

Tropical Plant Care

Tropical plantsTropical houseplants can be a rewarding sight when you enter your home. A display of textures and colors can make home decor come alive. 

Light

  • During the winter months, place near south and west facing windows to capture the brightest light
  • Fluorescent lights above plants will keep them actively growing and more likely to flower inside
  • Muted colors or lack of flowering in plants indicate there is not sufficient light

Water

  • Plants should be watered deeply. Shallow watering will cause poor root growth and weak stems.
  • Allow soil to dry out between watering. Overwatering kills roots
  • Never allow water to accumulate tropical in trays while growing inside
  • Increase humidity by using a water bottle to spritz plants, clustering plants together also helps, as does or using a humidifier

Fertilizer

  • Fertilize most tropical plants two to three times during the growing season with diluted fertilizer
  • Fertilize tropical flowering plants when flower buds appear for better results
  • Never fertilize plants if soil is dry as it will burn the roots
  • Do not fertilize plants in low light conditions while indoors (See light above)

Temperature

  • Most tropical plants will not withstand temperatures below 55 degrees
  • Higher temperatures are required for active growth
  • Do not place near heating vents as this will dry the foliage

Insects

  • Check plants often under the leaves for aphids and mealy bugs and signs of spidermites (small webs on leaf axils)
  • A water bottle with a soapy mixture will deter/kill most houseplant insects like aphids and spider mites
  • Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove and kill mealy bugs or scale.

Caring for your plants

  • Many tropical houseplants may require pinching to maintain tidy appearance. Pinching back to the node (leaf attaches to stem) will encourage branching and maintain a more tidy appearance. Pinch in the spring before active growth occurs.
  • Potting should be done early in the spring, before active growth occurs and when a fully formed root ball is present. Only pot up one size at a time (for example, from a 6-inch pot to an 8-inch pot). Some plants like to be root bound.
  • Be sure to look online for care tips for your particular plant

Planting Tips

  • First, always make sure to pick a planting area that is best for the plants growth needs. (ie. soil conditions, drainage, sun exposure and moisture requirements
  • Because roots need room to grow, make sure to always dig a hole the same size deep as the plants root ball and twice as wide
  • Also make sure the plants root ball is even or just above the areas ground level because you don't want to plant too deeply
  • Backfill with the remaining soil and any added mixture like compost, black cow or even regular potting soil
  • Water in the plant well because this will help remove any air pockets that may remain after back-filling.
  • In addition, watering will depend on the type of plant that you planted.
  • Most, but not all, will need a regular water schedule to ensure the growth of a mature root system. if you like in an area with high rainfall, do not over water.
  • Finally, mulching is recommended to deter weeds and keep the moisture content high, also to keep temperatures low.