Tropical plants and gardens are becoming popular in the UK.
They’re a great way to infuse your home with an exotic touch. But, aren’t tropical plants difficult to look after in the UK? While you might assume this is the case, the truth is that tropical plants are much more tolerant and hardy than you might assume.
This means that they’ll be able to handle cold weather. That said, they need to be protected against drought. With that in mind, let’s explore how you can best look after tropical plants.
Top Tips For Looking After Tropical House Plants
If you want to start growing and caring for tropical plants, here are some good tips to ensure that they survive and thrive.
- Water your tropical plants from above. This is because tropical plants want their foliage to get hydrated. When watering them in this way, check that their compost also gets wet or else you won’t allow the water to get to the plants’ roots.
- If you’re keen to move your tropical plants outside, make sure you plant them in the spring so that they will have a chance to grow and establish their roots before the temperature drops in winter.
- Keep the humidity high. Tropical plants thrive in conditions where there’s lots of humidity, so aim to keep your home humidity high. Make sure that you have a humidifier placed close to your plants, or you can just mist them regularly so that they don’t become dry.
- Give your plants fertiliser during the spring and summer months. This will ensure they have all the healthy nutrients they need to grow. You might also have to give your tropical plants fertiliser during the winter, but only if that specific type of plant needs it, so make sure you do your homework beforehand.
Common Problems To Look For In Tropical House Plants
Your tropical house plant could be showing signs of ill health. Here are some common problems that you should keep an eye out for so that you keep your tropical plants as healthy as possible.
- Dull leaves. If your tropical plants’ leaves are fading or dull in colour, this could be because the plants aren’t getting enough light. Move them into a sunnier spot in the home.
- Yellow or brown leaves. This could be as a result of your plants not getting enough humidity or you’re not watering your plants enough. You can increase the humidity of your tropical plants by misting them with water.
- Droopy leaves. This is usually what happens when you over-or under-water your plants. Stick your finger into the soil and check if it’s dry or wet before you water your plant so you can be sure you’re only giving your tropical plants the amount of water they need.
Best Tropical House Plants To Buy In The UK
Now that you know a bit more about how to look after tropical house plants, what are some of the best ones to purchase?
Here’s a list of tropical house plants that will invigorate your living space.
Birds Of Paradise
This striking orange or blue tropical plant is one of the most famous tropical plants in the world. It gets its name because it has large flowers that look a bit like a bird’s head and beak.
Make sure you fertilise this plant every week and keep it in a pot that’s positioned in bright light – this is what makes it so great for indoor or outdoor life because it’s easy to find a sunny spot for it.
This beautiful plant is perfect for filling up an empty corner in the room because Birds of Paradise can grow up to six feet tall!
These tropical plants come in a variety of colours and are really easy to grow indoors. They’re basically air plants that you can grow in pots. Just make sure you keep them in bright but indirect light and water them weekly.
They’re one of the most versatile plants because you can even grow them mounted to boards, therefore saving space in your home.
Although toxic to pets, the Peace Lily is a gorgeous tropical plant to have in your home. It will make your home so much more beautiful because of how its luxurious white or cream flowers will be in bloom for months at a time.
You should mist this plant regularly in the summer and keep it in the medium as well as indirect light for the best results.
What would a list of tropical plants to grow be without the presence of orchids?
These fussy, high-maintenance plants are adored by many people – and for good reason. They come in a variety of beautiful colours and add a unique touch to your home.
To keep orchids happy, you’ll have to keep them in bright indirect light conditions. Water your orchid once a week but give it a chance to dry between watering sessions as you don’t want it to get too much water.
When you think of tropical plants, you think of bright and bold plants. That’s why cordyline is one of the best ones to bring into your home. It comes in a variety of colours, such as purple, red, yellow, and white, and has leaves that look a bit like those of a palm tree.
You should keep this tropical house plant in a warm place in the home so it can get enough bright and indirect light. Keep it out of any drafty areas and ensure that its soil is always moist so it can thrive.
As its name suggests, this plant has glossy leaves that look like someone’s made holes in them. It’s a tropical indoor plant that’s easy to look after: it just needs bright light and a pot big enough so that there are about 11 inches of space on either side of it.
This ensures it has enough space to grow. Remember to water it weekly so that it stays hydrated.
If you love tropical plants that have an unusual appearance, you’ll want to bring the Triangle Ficus into your home. This plant has beautiful green leaves that have yellow borders, and the leaves are in the shape of triangles.
If you don’t have green fingers, you’ll love that this plant is easier to look after than the Fiddle Leaf Fig, even though they’re part of the same family. The Triangle Ficus needs bright light and humidity.
African Spear Plant (goes by other names, too such as the Cylindrical Snake Plant)
This tropical plant is another type of plant with an unusual appearance: it has carrot-shaped leaves and it blooms every now and then – you’ll love its three-feet long tower of white flowers.
Despite its unique look, it’s really easy to look after this tropical plant. It does well in moderate to bright light but it can tolerate low light. It also doesn’t need a lot of water – always check that its soil has dried out before you give it another splash of water.
Never let it sit in water as this will cause its roots to rot.
The gorgeous colour of these blooms will make you daydream about beach holidays. Plumeria can grow well inside the house, but note that when the temperature reaches below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, this plant will shed its blooms and leaves.
A good tip when looking after plumeria is to grow it in containers so that you can bring it outside when it’s really warm to ensure it gets enough sunlight. Give it lots of light, but don’t overwater it. It requires consistent moisture on a regular basis.
If the plant’s leaves start to go yellow, that means you should scale back on how much water you’re giving it.
What’s the general lifespan of indoor plants?
Indoor plants tend to live for between two to five years.
What should you do if you want to bring a tropical plant inside from the garden?
Put it in a lot of sun and make sure that if the type of plant you have becomes dormant during the wintertime you’ll need to decrease how much water you give it and let its soil dry out. If its soil is dry three inches below the surface, top up on its water.
You don’t have to be in a tropical region in order to grow tropical plants in the home. There are tons of tropical plants that are easy to look after, so don’t be misled by some of their unique appearances.
After reading this article, you now know what types of tropical plants you should try to grow and you’re armed with the information you need to keep them healthy.