The 5 brightest indoor plants from the tropics
Among indoor exotics, plants with a tropical origin have always enjoyed the status of special stars. Such cultures, accustomed in nature to heat and rather specific conditions, and in the interiors retain their moodiness and exactingness. But complex care, however, does not deter experienced gardeners from growing tropical plants. But brighter colors and exotic flowering can not be found. Each such plant turns into a true pride of the collection.
The special nature and habits of tropical rainforest plants
Unlike crops that came to indoor collections from subtropics, plants of tropical origin differ in very specific requirements for growing conditions and intensive care. It would be most correct to classify all crops from tropical forests as complex plants, the cultivation of which is only possible for experienced and prepared for difficulties flower growers.
Indoor plants are those tropical plants that originate from equatorial latitudes, found in the nature of tropical moist monsoon forests. Tropical plants introduced into the culture include both classical herbaceous perennials and tuberous plants, epiphytes and vines. The latter are especially widely represented, since the number of species of treetop, forming the unique landscapes of the tropical jungle, is amazing.
Most grassy and flowering crops in tropical forests gain access to a fairly limited amount of light, grow in the shade of the trunks and crowns of large arboreal and vines, are content with rather modest conditions, and are not dominant species. But despite the fact that in nature, plants most often grow in poor lighting conditions, in indoor conditions almost all tropical stars are light-loving cultures.
The main common feature of all tropical crops is water loving. At home, under natural conditions, such plants fully enjoy high atmospheric and soil moisture. Tropical exotics retain their love for high humidity and stable soil moisture in indoor conditions. Maintaining a comfortable atmosphere for them is quite difficult, plants require regular moisturizing, and sometimes even completely non-standard methods of cultivation.
It only complicates the life of the grower and the absence of two very important characteristics in such plants that allow some mistakes in cultivation to be made: neither cold tolerance nor drought tolerance is characteristic of tropicans. Skipping even one irrigation procedure and lowering the air temperature even by several degrees (or overcooling an earthen coma as a result of contact with a cold window sill) can lead to the death of plants.
But on the other hand, most tropical crops, with the exception of onion-tuber, have a rather weakly expressed rest period. As a rule, for their flowering, there is no need to create any special conditions that differ from the general cultivation strategy and require a radically different environment or care.
Without exception, the Tropicans are elite and quite expensive plants. Propagating them on their own is not so simple, and adult plants cost a lot. But they really are selected exotics, which are used as real stars of collections and the pride of every grower.
The most valuable feature of all tropical crops is their non-standard appearance. Such plants manifest either very original drawings and patterns on the leaves, or really dazzling colors of not very classic inflorescences, which surprise both the structure, form, and details.
No matter what kind of exotica we are talking about - a small and modest plant or a truly gigantic vine, capable of reaching astonishing proportions without control; about cultures that can only be grown in a greenhouse or flower shop, and also able to put up with careful care in an ordinary room - tropical exotics always make a special impression and change the atmosphere in the rooms, bring joyful colors and a festive mood to our lives.
Let's get to know more closely the five favorites among indoor tropical crops with the brightest flowering.
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