Tropical plants are a wonderful addition to the landscape or to the inside of a home. Caring for a tropical plant requires knowing the amount of light it requires, the plants watering needs and when to fertilize. Special winter care is required for outdoor tropical plants in order to protect them from freezing temperatures.
Place your tropical plants in an area with plenty of light. Indoor tropical plants do best in windows facing East, West or South.
Slowly acclimate tropical plants to the outdoors in the summer by placing them outdoors at slowly longer intervals during the day. Tropical plants grown indoors need to adapt to new weather and sun conditions slowly.
Fertilize your non-flowering tropical plant with 30-10-10 nutrients. Flowering tropical plants do better with 15-30-15 nutrients. Apply 30-10-10 fertilizer on every 4th or 5th watering or every 4 to 6 weeks. 15-30-15 requires application at the same rate. It is important to know the requirements of your exact plant however, as fertilizer requirements may vary between species.
Dig up the bulbs of tropical plants that will not survive the winter; store bulbs into a dry container. Allow the bulbs to dry, then pack the bulb away in peat moss, small bark chips or sawdust. Replant the bulbs according to their natural active growing period.