Our planet is home to countless types of plants. If we try to categorize them according to the habitat they grow up, we might come up with some plants known as the tropical plants. This type of plant grows properly in areas with humid and hot climate.
These days, not only that we find plenty of them in tropical forests, they are also commonly planted in rural areas around many houses or buildings. These plants have come with many benefits to our life.
Not only that the constantly produce fresh air for us to breath, tropical plants can be great addition to our outdoor decoration or to our patios, yards, porch or gardens. Some people manage to include some tropical plants in their indoor decoration.
One of the most commonly recognized characteristics of tropical plants is their large foliage. They are also well known for the outstanding appearance. Tropical plants also come with generous greenery.
Thank to this special characteristic plus some pots and your creative ideas, it is quite easy for you to create a forest look at your outdoors.
Apparently, we have been very familiar with many different tropical plants, let us have a closer look at some of the most popular ones in the following paragraphs.
Elephant ears have to be among the most popular tropical plants. You can easily find these plants in countless gardens in housing areas. These plants actually come from the Asian tropics and are well characterized by the large leaves that resemble the shape of heart.
Most of these tropical plants are included into the Genus Alocasia. In the near future, it is more likely that we will have new varieties of this plant. Recently, we have come up with a new variety that comes with white veins and black leaf surfaces. The size of the leaves is pretty large with up to 30 inch span.
Another well-known tropical plant is banana tree. This plant comes with more benefits to our life. We have been very familiar using this plant as fruits and vegetables. Little that you know, the people in the tropical region traditionally uses the big leaves of the banana trees as a plate.
Today, we have an array of different banana trees that produce various types of banana fruits. Bananas can only grow properly at the outdoor areas and they can grow up to 9 feet high. If you like to plant them indoor, you must place them in a green house. Some banana varieties come in dwarf sizes as they are specially cultivated.
In order to keep them grow properly and produce plenty of fruits, you need to water them very frequently. The stems of banana trees are not really strong, thus, you need to protect them from strong winds. There are many other tropical plants out there and they surely come with their own characteristics and special properties. If you like to see them growing properly and healthily, make sure that you can provide them with tropical climes or an area with warm temperatures.
Taking Care of Your Tropical Plants in Winter
All tropical plants are meant to live in an area with warm temperatures or tropical climes. That does not mean that we can plant them at our yard or garden. When the winter season is just around the corner, it is about time for us to bring them inside.
When the outside weather is getting colder, the tropical plants are more likely to have serious problems to survive.
When the temperature drops below 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the outside area will become a hostile area for them to grow.
Bringing your tropical plants inside is not as simple as it may sound. Some people actually wait for the fall to start changing to winter before the bringing their tropical plants inside. You surely would not want to do that is you still care about your plants.
This wrong move will cause more stresses to the plants and lead them to yellowing leaves, losing leaves and more severe conditions. Thus, you need to be very careful when it comes to bringing your tropical plants inside when winter is starting to become a serious threat.
One of the most important preparation that you should make is pre-exposing your plants to the condition of the inside area. This method should feature hours of light and light exposure. You should start this process long before the winter season.
It should take place three weeks before you bring-in day. You can start introducing your potted tropical plants to the inside condition by placing them into the shade before placing them much deeper. You need to place the tropical plants in the deeply shaded spot for at least a week before you start moving them inside.
This step is very important to give your plants enough time to adjust to the area with lower light. This way, your tropical plants will not experience too severe shock compared to bringing the plants inside your house instantly.
Make sure that you provide them with less amount of water. This will train them to tolerate very little amount of water before the actual suffering condition. Your tropical plants will require less amount of water in the area with less light exposure. However, they will survive just fine.
Tropical plants have come with many benefits and it is important you keep them healthily and growing to gain more benefits from them. Bringing them in during winter is very crucial yet you still have to do it very carefully to keep them from experiencing a great deal of stress.