How to Grow Tropical Bog Plants Indoors


The tropics of South America, Africa and Mexico consist of lush, humid rain forests and swamps, where green plants and tropical animals thrive. Although many people would love to grow tropical plants in their own yards and gardens, most growing regions offer weather that's too cold or dry for tropical plants. To successfully grow these plants, do so indoors or in a greenhouse, where you can control the environment.

Step 1

Grow tropical bog plants in large pots and growing trays when you're growing them indoors. Choose containers that have drainage holes and hold at least 5 gallons of soil to give the plants plenty of growing room. Fill the pots three quarters full with rich, nutritious potting soil and compost to support the plants; although bog plants grow in standing water in the wild, standing water in pots will lead to root rot, so choose a quick-draining soil.

Step 2

Plant the bog plants per their preferred planting depths and fill each pot with water to the lip. Allow the water to soak through the soil, and put the pots in areas of the house or greenhouse where they'll get six to eight hours of full sun and warmth every day. Tropical plants require consistent temperatures of 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round.

Step 3

Water tropical plants in containers every couple of days, to maintain soil moisture. Never water until the soil is muddy, but never allow the plants to go dry. Spray the plants with water once a week to maintain humidity on their leaves and stems. Move tropical plants into the interior of the house or greenhouse in the winter, when the window areas will grow too cold, and grow them under fluorescent lights.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots
  • Quick-draining potting soil
  • Compost
  • Water
  • Spray bottle/hose


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