15 Tropical Plants You Can Grow Indoors
Although indoor tropical plants won’t survive northern winters outdoors, they can enliven the cooler months indoors with luxuriant foliage and bright blooms. If you’re bored with tropical foliage plants, try some flowering species instead.
When growing tropical houseplants, keep in mind that woody species often drop many of their leaves after being introduced indoors. This is how they handle low light levels; This does not mean that exotic plants are about to expire, it just means adjusting their expectations. If your windows don’t provide as much sunlight as some tropical species prefer, consider placing them under a grow light.
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1. Amaryllis (Hippestrum spp.)
Everyone loves amaryllis, one of the most popular tropical houseplants, and for good reason. What other species can produce large, lily-like blooms indoors in the depths of winter? Keep this South American native growing throughout the spring and summer in full sun before you can cut back on its watering to allow it to enter a dormant state. After a few months, start watering it again to bring it back to life in time for the holidays. It should bloom 6 to 8 weeks after emergence. Keep in mind that commercial evergreen species do not require a dormancy period.
2. Cape Primrose (Streptococcus spp.)
Although its genus name sounds like a disease, it is one of the best indoor tropical plants for low light. Although the typical fuzzy-leaved African violet is included in this family, some Streptococcus Hybrids have long, lined leaves. Plants rarely exceed a foot in height and can produce trumpet-shaped flowers all year long. Give the plant only partial sun or bright, indirect light and cool conditions (between 60 and 70 degrees F) for best results. As with most gesneriads, it also does well under grow lights. Water it with lukewarm water whenever the surface of its soil dries.
3. Clivia (Clivia spp.)
This African species blooms in late winter or early spring, and has large, firm leaves similar to those of amaryllis, but produces clusters of 10 to 20 flowers at a time—most in warm colors such as orange or red. Also known as bush lily or fire lily, it should be left outdoors until just before frost and then kept on the dry side in a location where temperatures are below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Place it near an east-facing window until it blooms, after which you can move it to a warmer position and water it frequently.
4. Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia millet)
The thorny but not picky crown plant that hails from Madagascar can thrive under the low humidity conditions of the average winter home, producing colorful “flowers,” which are actually berries, for months on end. The easy-to-grow plant needs at least 3 to 4 hours of sunlight per day, preferably more. Allow its soil to dry slightly below the surface before watering it again. If your plant isn’t flowering, give it long nights (at least 13 hours of complete darkness) to encourage it to do so. Just note that they can have sharp thorns, and that their white sap can irritate the skin and eyes.
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5. Cyclamen (Peach cyclamen)
Persian cyclamen blooms in mid-winter, its heart-shaped leaves often displaying intricate mottled patterns while its petals resemble upward-raised wings. Place it in an east-facing window where it receives a few hours of sunlight daily, and water it from the side to avoid getting its corm (the main, swollen underground stem) wet. Once they have finished flowering, let them dry again until they reach the corm in late spring and keep them in a cool place throughout most of the summer. When they begin to sprout again in late summer, bring them out into the light again and resume watering.
6. Flowering maple (Abutilon spp.)
Although named after a more “feminine” species due to the similarity of its five-lobed leaves, Abutilon It is not actually a maple tree and the blooms are much more impressive than the tree. As a houseplant, it can produce pendulous, bell-shaped flowers most months of the year if it gets full or partial light and lets its soil dry out to about an inch between waterings. Barbara Pleasant, author The complete guide to houseplant survivalIt is also suggested that you cut the plant by about a third in the spring.
7. Geranium (Pelargonium s From the gardens)
One of the most popular types of indoor tropical plants, the annual geranium with its rounded leaves and lobed flower heads is the quintessential flowering houseplant for good reason. If they are moved indoors to a sunny windowsill in the fall and pruned back a little, they can resume flowering in a month or so. A houseplant that originated in the wilds of Africa, geraniums prefer fairly arid conditions, so be careful not to get too wet. Allow the soil to dry about an inch below the surface before watering again.
8. Wax plant (Hoya spp.)
A climbing or trailing plant with succulent foliage and exotic balls of waxy flowers, the hoya prefers only partial sun—preferably from an east-facing window—or bright, indirect light. The homeland of most Hoya species is Asia or Australia. Water the plants when the surface of the container soil is dry in the summer and allow the soil to dry out further during the winter. For the best winter look, choose winter pants such as H. Calicina Or pants ever like H.Croniana.
9. Lipstick plant (Eschinanthus spp.)
Also called basket plant for its drooping tendrils, this species produces cascading foliage and tube-like maroon flowers with the “lipstick” appearing as a more brightly colored red flower emerging from the tip of the tube. Lipstick plants can bloom intermittently throughout the year, although you may want to choose a cultivar specifically labeled for winter flowering such as a. Opconicus ‘Mona Lisa’. Give it partial sun, without direct midday rays, and water it when the surface of its soil seems dry.
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10. Orchid butterfly (Phalaenopsis spp.)
“The easiest orchid to grow at home,” according to the Missouri Botanical Garden, this winter-blooming species is one of the no-soil houseplants. It typically grows in bark or moss media and prefers only partial sun or grow light. Allow its medium to dry out an inch or so before watering the plant again and allowing this orchid’s temperature to drop into the 60s at night. You may want to leave them outside for a month in the fall when night temperatures are in the 50s to encourage them to flower.
11. Passion flower (Passiflora spp.)
Beloved for its exotic flowers associated with Good Friday due to its crown and spikes, the climbing passionflower with lobed leaves requires plenty of sun and warmth to thrive. Allow the surface of its soil to dry before watering it again. If you want your plant to flower during the winter, look for species that flower in the winter, such as P. Miniata And P. sediflora. Otherwise, just keep the plant alive indoors during the dark months so it can flower outside during the brighter months. Keep in mind that specimens grown by seed take much longer to flower than those propagated by cuttings.
12. Shrimp plant (Brandian justice)
One of the most exotic indoor tropical plants, this species with its shrimp-like, salmon-coloured bracts and white flowers is actually one of the easiest plants to grow, flowering almost any time of year where there is enough light. Place it in full or partial sun and water it when the surface of the potting mixture dries. Choose Variegata for white-striped leaves or ‘Fruit Cocktail’ for green bracts with red flowers.
13. Sky Flower (Thunbergia grandiflora)
This climbing vine with heart-shaped leaves can produce 3-inch sky blue flowers with yellow centers almost all year round in tropical climates. Therefore, it may continue to flower indoors through the winter if it receives plenty of sunlight and water when the soil surface is dry. However, you will want to keep the plant in a room that stays dark at night, since the short day length is what prompts it to flower.
14. Tropical hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa sinensis)
Among the large indoor tropical plants in height and flower size, tropical hibiscus can continue to produce showy blooms up to 8 inches wide — single or double depending on the cultivar — into fall and winter. However, they will need a location in a sunny, south- or west-facing window to do this. Water the plant whenever its soil surface is dry. Since hibiscus shrubs make buds on the tips of their shoots, it’s a good idea to avoid pruning this fast-growing houseplant in the fall until you’re sure all the buds have flowered.
15. Jasmine blooming in winter (Jasminum polyanthus)
As a winter-blooming houseplant, this species can perfume Valentine’s Day with starry white blooms and fragrant blossoms. To encourage your jasmine to set buds, give it full to partial sun during the summer and leave it outside in the fall to experience conditions of 40 to 60 degrees F for at least 6 weeks. Then move it indoors to a similarly bright location. There, the temperature should continue to hover near 60 degrees or lower at night, proving that indoor tropical plant care doesn’t always require warm conditions. Water it when the surface of its soil dries to a depth of one inch.