Indoor Tropical Plants for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide
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Indoor Tropical Plants – Buying & Growing Guide
If you live in an area of the world that experiences cold winters, you probably believe that you can't own tropical plants. However, this could not be further from the truth. While you likely cannot grow tropical plants outdoors where you live, there is an alternative approach. Growing indoor tropical plants is not too difficult and will give your home an enticing jungle feel. Many of the tropical plants you can grow are nothing more than miniature versions of species that grow in the wild. This makes it easy to raise these plants healthily in an indoor container.
Types of Indoor Tropical Plants
|Type||Growing Zones||Mature Height||Sun||Features|
|Bird of paradise||9-11||3 to 5 feet||Full sun: 5 to 6 hours||Unique, bird-shaped flowers.|
|Ficus, Ficus benjamina||10-11||8 to 10 feet||Full sun: 5 to 6 hours||Tree-like form with fan-like leaves.|
|Elephant ear, Colocasia||9-11||1 to 2 feet||Partial shade: 2 to 4 hours||Some of the largest leaves you’ll find.|
|Peace lily, Spathiphyllum||10-12||1 to 4 feet||Partial shade: 2 to 4 hours||Tall stems hold pure white flowers.|
|Orchid, Orchidaceae||6-11||1 to 3 feet||Full sun: 5 to 6 hours||Broad, glossy leaves and multiple large flowers.|
|Dragon tree, Dracaena draco||9-11||7 to 8 feet||Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours||Long, slender leaves and stems.|
|Money tree, Pachira aquatica||10-11||6 to 8 feet||Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours||Long, ovate leaves, trainable stems.|
|Chinese fan palm, Livistona chinensis||9-11||6 to 8 feet||Full sun to part shade: 4 to 6 hours||Broad, fan-shaped leaves.|
How to Care for Tropical Plants Indoors
Caring for tropical plants indoors is an ongoing process, and there are several ways it can go wrong. To avoid harming your plants, you need to prepare yourself to give them the care they need. The first step to take is recognizing the differences between your home and the setting in which your plant would normally grow.
In most cases, your home will be significantly dryer than the forests that tropical plants come from. To accommodate your plants, you may need to introduce a humidifier into their growing area or mist them occasionally to mimic the correct humidity level.
Tropical plants need plenty of moisture in the air. But the same is not always true for their soil. What may come as a surprise is that many indoor tropical plants die because they receive more water than they need. It can be a delicate balance to avoid giving your tropical plant too much or too little water.
Lighting can be another hurdle to overcome when caring for tropical plants indoors. As mentioned earlier, there are some tropical plants that will do well in a low-light setting. However, there are many that will only grow well when they get a lot of sunlight. If you have a sun-loving plant, it may be nearly impossible to provide enough light from your windows alone. In some cases, you may need to supplement that sunlight by buying a grow light for your tropical plant.