Growing Tropical Plants and Flowers
Plant Care Q & A

Exotic tropical plants and flowers are the particular delight of many gardeners. The lush, broad leaves and brightly colored blooms of tropical garden plants will transform any location into a paradise.


Colorful bromeliads grow beneath palms at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Hawaii.

  The hedge behind them is a variegated Scheflerra.

If you are lucky enough to live in zones 9-11, you can fill your landscape with these beauties.

Gardeners residing in temperate areas where winter freezes are the norm can collect tropical house plants.

With good light, proper care, and an annual summer vacation outdoors, many tropicals will make excellent house plants. The lady palm and the cast iron plant are two that spring instantly to mind.

Some of the more common orchids are easy to grow indoors and what flower could be more exotic? Many orchids are also deliciously fragrant.


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The most important factor in the care of tropical plants and flowers is warmth. You must protect them from freezing temperatures or you risk losing them. Cold temperatures above freezing will have varying effects.

Some plants, like the tropical hibiscus, will suffer leaf damage at temperatures below 40 degrees F. but no stem damage will occur. Precious few plants will be damaged by temps above 40.

Most tropical plants like a moist, rich soil. The larger a plant's leaves, the more water it will generally use. Enrich the soil in the planting area with as much organic compost as you can dig into it. Make sure that the soil drains well as most plants do not like to sit in water.

Tropical plants and flowers perform best when regularly fed. Each plant will have its own specific requirements as to what type of food it likes.  It is a good general rule to feed tropical foliage plants a high nitrogen formula.  Flowering plants need a high phosphorus food to bloom well.


Questions About Tropical Garden Plants?

Additional Tropical Plant Care Info:

Bromeliad Plant Care

Bird of Paradise

Plumeria Care

Tropical Pitcher Plant

Growing Heliconia

Malaysian Orchid

Do you need help with an exotic tropical plant you are growing? You've come to the right place to seek information.  The links below lead to the answers to common tropical plant care dilemmas.

Helping a Phalaenopsis Orchid with Heavy Bloom 
I recently purchased a beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid that had five open flowers and fifty buds. I just moved it as close to the east window as …

Problems with Ylang ylang plant Not rated yet
Hello, I recently received Ylang Ylang tree. Unfortunately, it's not doing well; branches started to turn dark brown-black. And it seems it's rapidly …

How to Treat Banana Tree Diseases Not rated yet
Help, I am just sick about my beautiful banana trees, hardy type , I had at least 30 trees now I have 8. Everything has the blight and powdery mildew. …

Morning Glory Will Not Bloom Not rated yet
This year, I planted a few morning glory vines. I have lots of healthy vines, but few blooms. They are the blue ones, but there's also a few off white …

Growng Agave from Seed Not rated yet
When planting agave seed what is the preferred growing media? Botanical Journeys Plant Guides Agave plants need a soil that drains very quickly …

Ponytail Palm Houseplant Not rated yet
I just purchased a Ponytail Palm which was indoors. Since it is a tropical plant, can I take it outdoors? I have it inside presently, however, I think …

Ylang Ylang Tree Flower Problem Not rated yet
My Ylang Ylang currently has about 15 large blooms; however, they don't seem to be turning yellow. What's wrong? Botanical Journeys Plant Guides …

Sago Palm Scale Not rated yet
I have had my Sago Palm for 11 years and it gets Asian mites on it every year . I just take a garden hose with a nozzle adjusted to high pressure and wash …

Ficus Elastica Not rated yet
Why do the leaves of my rubber tree plant fall off? Botanical Journeys Plant Guides It is normal for plant leaves to drop after they become old. …

Care of Croton Plants Not rated yet
My croton plants are affected by disease every year and shed leaves, wilt away and die. They are mostly affected by mites particularly during winter despite …

Care and Propagation for Ylang Ylang Plants Not rated yet
I have 4 mature Ylang Ylang trees. I have sparingly used fertilizer under 8 and not less than 6 once a year. I have not pruned. I would like to know …

Question about Dieffenbachia Not rated yet
This information come from your page about Dieffenbachia under these titles: Dieffenbachia Care Water your Dieffenbachia thoroughly, then allow …

Care of Petunia Flowers Not rated yet
I have bought 3 petunia plants with purple, pink and maroon flowers,all having white streaks and 2 inches diameter. Their flowers dried up and after …

Care of Pagoda Plant Not rated yet
I got a piece of this from a friend's house. I stuck it in a pot of soil and, what do ya know, it grew! The problem is, I'm not sure what to do with …

How Do You Take Care of a Desert Rose Plant ? Not rated yet
When my grandmother passed away recently, the family decided that I should have her beautiful desert rose. The plant is in a clay pot. It is almost …

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