Tropical Flowers Something Beautiful for
There are splendid
tropical flowers you can buy and plant in your garden. In fact, tropical plants are usually available at nurseries through the summer. If you're lucky enough to
grow tropical plants in your garden, there are some things you can do to help
them thrive, as well as extend their shelf life as cut flowers.
Tropical Flowers Need TLC...
your tropical and exotic flowers well. Give them plenty of water before
cutting. This is important because some tropicals take in very little
water after cutting. Instead, they live off their own sap.
Consider the natural environment of tropical
flowers. Hawaiian flowers, exotic flowers from the Caribbean, Asia and South
America... They all love hot days, muggy nights, and frequent spells of
afternoon rain. With that in mind, mid-summer is an excellent time to add
tropical flowers to your garden. The idea is to duplicate their natural habitat.
Tropical plants are
generally dormant in the winter. When preparing garden plans, avoid using
tropical flowers as primaries in your landscape. That way, during the cooler
months your landscape is not noticeably bare. Unless you live in a climate that
is hot year-round, you'll want to choose tropicals that are easy to
dig and store indoors over the winter.
Popular Tropical Flowers
tropical plants are grown for their beautiful and often fragrant flowers. A few
of the most popular of these are:
Bird of paradise
Other tropical plants are grown for their
colorful and magnificent foliage, such as
Tropical House Plants
Many tropical house plants are
readily available from nurseries. Here are a few special favorites that do
quite well indoors:
Anthurium - Height: 1½ to 2 feet. These
favorite Hawaiian flowers show dark green foliage with colorful flowers capable
of blooming year round.
Cat Palm - Height: 3 to 4 feet. This
full bodied palm is often used to decorate homes or offices.
Colorama - Height: 2 to 3 feet. Very
pink and colorful with an attractive star-burst shape.
Dendrobium Orchid - Height: 1½ to 2
feet. The deep colorful petals of this orchid bring beauty and sophistication
into any room.
Ficus Tree -
Height: 3 to 4 feet. This charming tropical tree with its deep green, shiny
leaves is one of the most popular tropical house plants of all.
Tropical Hanging Plants
hanging plants bring special atmosphere to any home. Here are a few you'll be
pleased to grow... They all require good draining soil, and need to stay moist.
In the spring, use fertilizer high in phosphorus to promote bud and flowering
for the summer and fall. These also do quite well outdoors in warm and hot
Marsdenia Floribunda or "Stephanotis Vine" - Known as the
Hawaiian Wedding flower, these tropical hanging plants have tubular, creamy
white flowers that grow 3" long which give an unforgettable sweet
fragrance. These Hawaiian flowers need full to partial sun.
Impomea Horsfalliae or "Prince Kahio Vine" - These tropical
hanging plants are West Indies natives. They bear clusters of brilliant
florescent red flowers, and bloom in late winter when most other tropical
flowers are dormant. These topical plants also make outstanding vines for your garden
trellis. They can stand cool temperatures to the 40's.
Telosum Cordata or "Pakalana Vine" - This lovely vine has heart
shaped leaves and small green and yellow flowers, with wonderful fragrance. They
make excellent tropical hanging plants, and are also great candidates for garden
trellises. These tropical flowers will withstand temps to low 40's.
gardening is ideal for growing tropical plants. Greenhouses are the perfect
solution if your planting
zones are too cool for growing tropical flowers and other exotic flowers
during the winter months. It might be interesting to see if greenhouse
kits fit into your garden plans!