Many people think that growing tropical plants indoors can only be accomplished in a greenhouse, but the fact is, there are many tropical plants that do quite nicely in the everyday, indoor environment. Warm, humid environments that many tropical plants thrive in can easily be provided with stones placed in the trays under their pots to maintain moisture and with frequent misting.
Whether you're after beautiful foliage or exotic flowers, Bromeliads are tropical plants that can meet both goals. Usually, these plants will have a rosette of tough, strap-like foliage with a flower head rising on a tall stalk from the vase-like center. Once the flower head fades and leaves begin to die, offsets will replace the original plant. The vase-like center is actually a reservoir from which the plant receives its moisture, and this is where it should be watered. They require high temperatures, bright light and summer misting.
Ananas are members of the pineapple family that produce pink flower heads on mature plants, but are usually grown for their colorful and brightly striped, arching leaves. Smaller varieties are better suited to indoor growth. These tropical plants may produce inedible fruits under warm, humid conditions.
False Aralia is a lacy, graceful plant with serrated leaflets on its dark green, finger-like leaves that give it a very exotic appearance. It is a delicate plant that enjoys moderate watering (not too dry, but not soggy), bright light and misting for humidity. Given the proper conditions, this exotic looking plant can grow up to 6 feet high indoors.
Palms are attractive plants that grow from the tip of each stem. They do well with average room temperatures and good drainage out of direct sunlight. Leaves should be misted to maintain humid conditions. Cane palms are popular due to their mature reed-like stems, which resemble bamboo canes, and their light airy leaves, which can make them a wonderful focal point.