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How do I Choose the Best Tropical House Plants?

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  • Written By: Sonal Panse
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 15 October 2018
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Tropical house plants are popular for their colorful and interesting foliage, their general ease of maintenance, and the added benefit they provide as natural room air purifiers. To choose the best tropical house plants for your home, it will be a good idea to check out the different plant varieties that are available, and to find out their growing requirements. It is necessary to know if a particular house plant can easily thrive in your climate, or if it will require any special care. It is also important, particularly if you have small children or pets, to make sure that the house plants are non-toxic.

It will help to research tropical house plants online, or, if possible, by visiting your local plant nursery. Some perennial favorites are African violets, rubber plants, snake plants, pothos and cacti. Given the many varieties available, it is best to take your time in deciding on the kind of succulent plant, leafy exotic house plant or flowering house plant that you want.

The nursery staff should be able to advise you on whether the plant you choose will be suitable as an indoor house plant or as an outdoor house plant. You will need to learn about matters like watering, light, fertilization, and diseases that affect the tropical house plants. It will also be necessary to think of the space you have, particularly if you plan on getting a tall house plant.

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The size of the plant will determine the type of container it should be planted in. Small plants will do well in hanging baskets or pots, while larger plants will, of course, require a container in which they can comfortably grow in. Most tropical house plants flourish if they are planted in a sandy, loamy and well-drained soil, as this is the type of soil that they are accustomed to in their natural environment. Tropical house plants usually require a good amount of sunlight, and, ideally, you should place your plants in areas where this is possible. It is important to note that too much sunlight may cause the leaves to wilt.

Many tropical house plants are drought-tolerant, while, in some cases, it may be necessary to water a house plant daily. The plants depending on the species and the environment, may or may not require regular fertilizing. First-time gardeners or people without too much time for gardening might consider getting a comparatively easy to care for house plant. Before buying a tropical house plant, do try and make sure that the plant is healthy and free from pests.

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