Tropical houseplants can bring color and exotic flair to your home even if you live in a colder climate. The tropical plants can be grown indoors to bring a bit of the jungle or rainforest into your living room, bath, or bedroom. Here is a list of the tropical plants to grow indoors that you can consider.
Amazon elephant’s ear thrives in large pots, both inside and out. It has giant leaves, which can reach several feet wide and long, depending on the specific variety. There are a lot of different and unique foliage types to choose from, so be sure to read the fine print to know what specifically you’re getting. These plants make a bold statement in a small space, definitely giving you a feel for the tropics.
Anthurium andraeanumis a tropical plant that is highly prized for its stately, bright flowers. Many anthurium cultivars are available, and while they are challenging to grow, they are highly rewarding plants. Plant them in rich, loose potting soil, and be sure the roots are not too moist. If you are looking specifically for plants with pink flowers or leaves, consider adding a Mexican shrimp plant to your collection.
3. Snake Plant
If you need a little boost in your confidence that you can keep an indoor plant alive, buy a snake plant. The snake plant might be the most tolerant plant to grow. Not only are these plants very easy to grow, but they also do a great job in helping keep the air clean in your home. So how do you take care of the snake plant? Put them in indirect sunlight and water sparsely. That’s it! You can fertilize every couple of months if desired, but that is about it with these plants.
4. Bird of paradise
Bird of paradise is one of the most tropical flowers in the world with large, distinctive flowers that some say resembles a bird’s head and beak. They are also surprisingly easy to grow indoors. While it is a vigorous, rapidly growing indoor plant, it should be fertilized weekly and kept pot-bound. Birds of paradise can grow up to 6 feet tall and need 3 to 5 years of growth before they flower.
These are classic and colorful houseplants. Bromeliads can come in shades of pink, orange, yellow, and red, with the most famous variety being pineapple. Bromeliads love humid conditions, so consider spritzing your bromeliads with a spray bottle regularly. To help them get established, try an orchid soil mix.
6. Dumb cane
Dumb cane is ubiquitous as a houseplant, so it is easy to forget it is also a true tropical foliage plant. To grow this popular plant, use a fast-draining potting mix and fertilize with a 20-20-20 mix. Locate it in a warm (over 60 degrees Fahrenheit) and draft-free location.
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7. Peace Lilies
Peace Lilies are beautiful plants and with the air purifying qualities they bring into your home, they are worth the extra maintenance they require. Peace Lilies like shade and some indirect light. Preferably south or west-facing window. Keep plants away from a draft as they like a temperature between 65 and 80 degrees. Peace Lilies like to be watered in intervals; give them a big drink and let them dry out a bit; then repeat. If the leaf starts to droop a bit, it’s time to restart the interval as this is the plant’s way of telling you they are thirsty. You can fertilize the plant once in the spring and summer. Organic fertilizer is best as the Peace Lily can be sensitive to chemicals. Ensure that the pot holding your Peace Lily has great drainage as this plant is highly susceptible to root rot.
8. Kentia palm
Love palm trees? This is one you’ll want to add to your collection. The Kentia palm is a resilient plant that can thrive in a lot of different conditions. For best results, give it a larger pot and plenty of space to grow into. It could make a perfect centerpiece for an indoor tropical plant area with many other potted options around it.
9. Jade plants
Jade plants are associated with luck and money, so it’s a nice housewarming gift to give to a friend. Similar to a cactus, the jade plant holds water in its thick leaves. So water with care, making sure the soil dries out completely before giving it more. For best results, establish a regular feeding schedule, giving it fertilizer every few weeks.