Care for Tropical Plants

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Tropical plants are difficult to care for because they aren't strong enough to survive in many parts of North America. They thrive in warm climates such as Texas, Florida and the Southwest because they desire a relative humidity of 50 to 70 percent. People who live in other parts of the country have better luck if they keep tropical plants inside and provide them with the proper care.

Step 1

Plant tropical plants in containers rather than the ground. This allows them to be moved indoors when the climate gets too cool.

Step 2

Overcrowd tropical plants to mimic the jungle environment. This will also provide a more lush appearance.

Step 3

Water the soil daily so it's moist at all times. Tropical plants need a lot of water. As soon as you feel the soil start to dry out, add water.

Step 4

Mist the leaves at least once per day with a spray bottle. Don't over-saturate them, just apply a light mist.

Step 5

Add a liquid fertilizer once or twice a month. Make sure the mixture is high in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This will help with root development and growth.

Step 6

Monitor your tropical plants for white spots on the leaves, or a grayish-white coating on the soil. These are signs of disease caused by fungus. If you spot them, cut back on watering the plant and apply a fungicide, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • Fungicide


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