Tropical plants are popular in many homes across the country because of their lush beauty. A lot of people don’t realize that many common household plants are actually tropical plants. Because of this, they often indirectly neglect their plants by taking care of then incorrectly.
Here at Flower Works, we are experienced florists that are also experts on tropical plants. We understand the unique care these plants require and want to make sure you do too, so that you and your tropical plants can have a long, happy life together.
Here are some tips you may need to know when taking care of tropical plants at home.
Where Can I Buy Tropical Plants?
It is always much better to buy your tropical plants from a florist rather than a big box store. Many large stores offer the same few tropical plants, but they are not well taken care of and are often close to being dead by the time you are able to buy them and get them home. Bigger stores also don’t offer any guidance on how to take care of these plants.
When you buy your tropical plants from a florist, like here at Flower Works, we understand the specific care these beautiful plants require and make sure that they are taken care of and prepared correctly for selling. This way when you come to buy your plants, they are happy, healthy, and ready for their new home. We also will make sure to give you all the tips you’ll need in order to make sure that you and your plants thrive.
Tips on Taking Care of Your Tropical Plants
Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind when taking care of your tropical plants:
While every plant is a bit different, you will most likely be watering your tropical plant less than you might think. Letting the soil dry out for different plants to the point of dryness varies., depending on temperature and amount of sunlight your plant receives. Our tip from us is to rather underwater then overwater. Check your plants soil condition every week, but only water if necessary.
Again, this varies from plant to plant as some of them have preferences between real sunny and dappled to very little natural light. Artificial (incandescent) light will let some plants grow, even though is more on the red spectrum, where sunlight is also high in the blue spectrum. Some tropical plants can thrive in more low-light conditions, but others need bright light. If your plants start reaching for the window or maybe begin to lose color, they might need more light.
Most tropical plants will grow just fine in general-purpose potting soil, But if you want to finetune it to your specific plant , you can amend your soil with either more organic matter for plants that like a lot of water add sand to achieve a soil that would suit succulents and cacti. Soil moisture gauges are great tools to use when trying to be careful of underwatering or overwatering your plants.
When dealing with household bugs on your plants, try to avoid any sort of chemical bug repellent. Using natural remedies like organic neem oil or making a homemade version of repellent is a good way to start. There are also some small traps you can use in your soil of your plants, too.
Pruning methods usually vary from plant to plant. So, it is incredibly important to research or ask your florist the correct way to upkeep your plant to keep it healthy.
Finding a Tropical Plant Today
Here at Flower Works, we offer a wide variety of beautiful tropical plants to brighten up your home. We’ll make sure you know how to take care of your plant correctly so you both can thrive. Visit us on Third Street or contact us today about your tropical plant needs!