Tropical plants, what are they and what do they want?

Tropical plants, what are they and what do they want?

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Tropical plants

Tropical plants are plants that are native to the tropical regions of the world, which generally lie within the latitudes of 23.5 degrees north and south of the equator. These regions have warm temperatures and high levels of rainfall year-round, which allow for the growth of a wide variety of plant species.

Tropical plants are known for their lush, large and often colorful foliage. The leaves of tropical plants can be glossy, waxy, or fuzzy, and they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some tropical plants have even developed large and colorful flowers that attract pollinators such as insects and birds. Some examples of tropical plants that produce showy flowers include orchids, bromeliads, hibiscus, and heliconias. However, not all tropical plants produce flowers, and some species like ferns, mosses and other lower plants which don't have flowers. Additionally, not all tropical plants will flower indoors due to a lack of adequate light or other environmental conditions.

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Tropical plants typically require warm temperatures and high humidity to thrive. In order to care for tropical plants, it's important to provide them with the following:

  1. Adequate light: Most tropical plants prefer bright, indirect light, but some can tolerate low light conditions. It's important to check the light requirements for a specific plant and to provide the appropriate level of light.

  2. Consistent temperatures: Tropical plants prefer warm temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit / 15-32 Celsius, with no sudden changes (being carried from the store to the car on a cold day might be a death sentence).

  3. High humidity: Tropical plants come from regions with high humidity. You can increase humidity around the plants by placing a tray of water near them, misting them regularly or using a humidifier.

  4. Proper watering: Most tropical plants like their soil to be slightly moist (never soaking wet) to somewhat dry. It's important to check the soil moisture regularly and to adjust watering as needed.

  5. Good drainage: Tropical plants do not like to be in standing water, so it's important to provide good drainage. Use well-draining potting mix, and make sure that containers have drainage holes.

  6. Fertilizing: Some tropical plants benefit from regular fertilization. Be sure to use a fertilizer formulated for tropical plants, and follow the instructions on the packaging for how often and how much to apply.

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