Tropical Flowers

Tropical Flowers
Tropical plants are extremely beautiful, so it is not surprising that they have become so popular recently. Their colors vary greatly, but they are all typically very vibrant. Having tropical flowers in or around your home can make you feel as if you\'re living in a whole different place, a paradise at your own home. It can bring back memories of a past trip that you took, or remind you of a place that you would like to be. The following tips will help you understand how to be successful in raising your tropical plants. First, you need to know what gardening zone you are in, because tropical flowers can\'t typically survive in zones lower than 8, and never lower than 7. A few kinds need zones 9 or higher to survive. If you live in the lower zone numbers, it is still possible to have plants, but they will have to be in containers so you can bring them inside to protect them from cold weather. If you are in the upper zones (7+), a thick layer of mulch in the winter will probably be enough to keep some heat in. If you decide to plant the plants into containers, make sure you provide enough room for them to grow so you won\'t have to repot them too soon. Some can grow big pretty quickly. Wheels can help larger pots be moved more easily. Besides temperature, humidity is important to look into when planning your tropical garden. Most tropical plants like moisture, but some do better in a dry heat. The sand verbena, the desert mallow and the sun coleus plants all do well in hot, dry climate. Some like a mix (dry for a few weeks, then plenty of moisture and rain). The Bougainvillea is a good example of this. It blooms well in very hot, dry times for a few weeks, then it needs at least a day of heavy rain or watering to stay healthy. To mimic this, you can have it in a container without watering it for a couple of weeks, then drench it for a day or two. After that, you can let it dry out again for a couple weeks or so. Growing tropical flowers Tropical flowers are hard to deny as some of the most breath taking and beautiful species that mother nature has bestowed upon us. Growing flowers in a tropical climate can sometimes be a little tricky, but if you are able to remember some of the basic rules, you should be able to compliment what mother nature has given us. Many of the tropical flowers have some of the most wonderful fragrances. Many of us would like to grow these flowers so that we may be surrounded with the scent all day long. If you are starting your own tropical garden, or you would like to know how to better care for your tropical flowering species then it pays to consider some aspects. Ensure that the temperature that your plant will live in, remains reasonably constant. It should range between 50 to 65 degrees during the darker hours and 70 to 80 during daylight time. Make sure that your plant has bright filtered light. Many of the plants that live in the tropics receive a high degree of light, although they do not grow in direct sunlight. It is recommended that the plants are not placed in Northern facing windows, but Eastern sides where there are hours of daylight and also western and southern sides where there is filtered light is ideal. Make sure that your tropical flowers receive plenty of high quality fertilizer, and are watered often so that the soil remains moist. Do not soak the soil and leave the plant in soggy dirt. They enjoy a constantly moist environment. During the hotter more still months, a fan to allow the air to circulate around your plants is a great idea. Try to mimic nature as much as possible in order for your tropical flowers to thrive. If you live within a tropical climate then allowing for filtered sunlight, a constantly moist soil that has been fertilized with a good quality plant specific fertilizer, and with adequate air flow and consistent weather, your tropical flowers should bloom profusely.


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