There is something about beauty that always catches my eye. So when we moved to a tropical location, I was immediately drawn to the beautiful landscapes and tropical plants. If you have a lanai as I do, this is the perfect place to house your tropical plants. I do bring them in on the nights where we have the rare cold fronts. Other than that, they love the deep heat and humidity. Some of the plants that make my list may not be known as a tropical plant. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t grow beautifully in the heat, because they do.
If you have seen this springy plant when not in bloom, you might have wondered why anyone would by this tropical plant. Because this plant only blooms once a year, the rest of the year is usually only green. But as the month of December draws near, so do the gorgeous blooms of the Christmas cactus. Once the plants starts blooming, you will be in for a treat as they blooms usually last for at least a month, sometimes longer. Keep soil damp.
This is by far one of my favorite tropical plants. They are easily bought at any landscaping store. This plant usually blooms twice a year. The blooms can last up to two months. Upkeep is very simple. Just keep the dirt damp. I do not over water this plant. Also, keep in a light position. I have kept my orchids out on the lanai, but I have also brought them into the kitchen, making sure I keep them on the window, where they will get extra light.
The Ficus Tree is not only a beautiful plant, but again, is very easy to maintain. Keep in a well lit area, I like the lanai, and it will grow beautifully. Make sure you keep watered, especially during the hot and humid months.
Aloe Vera Plant
I love my Aloe Plant. You will not believe how large this can become. Plant this in the ground, water regularly and watch as this plant grows to amazing sizes. Remember that if you have a burn, remember to break off a piece of the aloe, break apart, and apply the aloe liquid to your burn. I also have smaller aloe plants that I keep on my lanai in potted plants.
During the summer months, give your plants some type of fertilizer. Also, the hotter it gets outside, the more water your plants will need. I try to water my outdoor plants once in the morning and late at night, during the hottest months. With humidity well over a hundred, you want to keep your plants well hydrated.
If you are unsure about a plant, go to your landscaping store and ask. They are always very friendly and can give helpful tips of what to do with your plants.