How to Plant Tropical Flowers


Tropical flowers number in the thousands and offer their admirers a rainbow of colors and a plethora of shapes and sizes. Many flowering houseplants have tropical origins. Anthuriums, orchids, gingers, heliconias, hibiscus, plumeria, ti and many others are favorites of people who want to add a tropical look to their homes and offices, even in climates that cannot sustain tropical plants. Some tropical flowering plants can withstand a light frost. For example, bougainvillea and bird of paradise are suitable for locales such as the San Francisco Bay Area.

Planting Tropical Flowers

Step 1

Select a pot or pots that will be large enough for your plant or plants. Generally, a plant will do fine if you transplant it from its nursery pot into another pot about three to four times its size.

Step 2

Fill your pot about two-thirds full with potting soil. Water it well.

Step 3

Take your plant out of its nursery pot and then place it into the larger pot. If the top of the root system is more than one inch from the top of the pot, add a little more potting soil to the large pot. If it is less than one inch from the top, take a bit of potting soil out of the large pot.

Step 4

Fill the pot to within 3/4 inch or one inch of the top with additional potting soil and then water it well.

Step 5

Set your potted plant on a saucer containing small pebbles, which will help to give it the humidity it needs without forcing the roots to drown in a puddle of water.

Step 6

Keep your plant in an area that receives filtered or partial sunlight and where nighttime temperatures never dip below about 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Things You'll Need

  • Starter plant(s)
  • 10 inch or larger ceramic pot(s) with drainage holes
  • Potting mix
  • Bark (for orchids)
  • Saucer(s)
  • Pebbles
  • Humidity meter (optional)


  • Caring for Flowering and Foliage House Plants
  • Tropical Flowers

Who Can Help

  • Aloha Tropicals
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About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens" and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to "Big Island Weekly," "Ke Ola" magazine and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.