Common Tropical House Plants

One way to bring the beauty of the tropics into a home is by growing tropical houseplants. Because many popular house plants have their origins in tropical and subtropical areas and are able to grow under the shade of tall trees, they're already adapted for growing under a roof. Tropical regions are warm so tropical house plants are able to do well in warm heated homes throughout the year. All they need is added humidity.

Bird of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise is slow-growing tropical plant that takes a few years before it blooms. This large plant with leathery leaves resembles a banana plant. Although it can be grown as a houseplant, it requires a sunny spot, especially during winter. It also needs high humidity and is often grown in greenhouses. A common symptom of a Bird of Paradise not receiving enough light is their leaves curling in, but their color remains green. Inadequate light reduces the amount of time a plant will bloom.


Potted cyclamens have heart-shaped leaves and blossoms that resemble butterfly wings because they twist and turn. Their marbled silvery foliage looks stunning against its flowers that come in shades of rose, lavender, red and white. Cyclamens need plenty of fresh air, moisture and cool temperatures to thrive and should be kept out of drafts. According to The Garden they probably won't do well in daytime temperatures more than 65 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures of more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Daily misting helps to maintain a humid atmosphere. Keeping these plants on a pebble-filled tray of water gives additional humidity.

Dumb Canes

Dumb canes (Dieffenbachia maculate) are tropical plants that easily adapt to moderate light and average humidity in a home. These house plants require little maintenance and are attractive house plants with their marbled green leaves with white patterns. They need moist soil, so frequent watering is required. Although they have stunning bold patterns, families with pets and small children should keep them out of reach, as they're poisonous. Consuming stems or leaves damages both the mouth and throat of a victim.


Hibiscuses are tropical plants with bright showy flowers frequently found growing in tropical climates. Although hibiscuses are known as beautiful tropical landscaping plants, they can also be grown indoors. To grow a hibiscus plant indoors it's important to give them all the proteins and glucose needed to bloom and thrive. These nutrients include a high-quality hibiscus fertilizer and extra potassium for building stronger color pigments and larger flowers. Hygiene is also vital for indoor hibiscus plants as accumulated dust collecting on leaves serves as an excellent breeding ground for pests such as spider mites.

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Venice Kichura has written on a variety of topics for various websites, such as Suite 101 and Associated Content since 2005. She's written articles published in print publications and stories for books such as "God Allows U-Turns." She's a graduate of the University of Texas and has worked in both Florida and Connecticut schools.