How To Adapt Your Home Environment For Tropical Plants

How To Adapt Your Home Environment For Tropical Plants

Tropical plants are known for their lush, vibrant leaves and bright flowers, adding a touch of the exotic to any home. However, these plants often come from warm, humid climates and can be more challenging to care for than plants native to temperate regions. For this blog post, we will be focusing on adapting the home specifically for aroids (Philodendrons, Anthuriums, Monsteras, Alocasias, etc). With a little bit of effort, you can create the perfect environment for your tropical plants to thrive in your home.

  1. Choose the right location: Tropical plants generally prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can lead to scorching and sunburn. Instead, look for a spot near a window that gets plenty of indirect light, or consider using a grow light to provide the necessary illumination.

  2. Keep the humidity high: Tropical plants are accustomed to high humidity levels, so it’s important to replicate this environment in your home. One way to do this is to use a humidifier, especially during the dry winter months. You can also mist your plants regularly, or place them on a tray filled with pebbles and water to create a more humid microclimate. Using indoor greenhouses and grow cabinets (such as a converted IKEA cabinet) can also help to create a controlled, high-humidity environment.

  3. Use the right soil: Tropical plants need well-draining soil that is rich in nutrients. Look for a mix specifically formulated for tropical plants, or create your own by mixing equal parts potting soil, perlite, and compost. Our go-to is the Grow Tropicals Jungle Mix – we can't get enough!

  4. Water regularly: Tropical plants generally need to be watered on a regular basis, but be careful not to overwater. Allow the soil to dry out slightly (usually at least 50% of the pot, though some plants are thirstier than others) between waterings, and make sure the plant is in a pot with drainage holes to prevent excess moisture from accumulating.

  5. Fertilise regularly: Tropical plants are heavy feeders and will benefit from regular fertilisation. Use a balanced fertilise, such as a 20-20-20 formula, and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

By following these tips, you can create the perfect environment for your tropical plants to thrive in your home. With the right care and attention, these exotic beauties will bring a touch of the tropics to your home for years to come.

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