Tropical Gardening

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Tropical Gardening

Tropical Gardening

Tropical gardening is an incredibly daunting task whether you are trying to grow blooms outside in a tropical environment or indoors in a hothouse environment.  Either way, you need to make sure that your plants receive just the right amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients.  Too much or too little either way can cause your garden to wilt.

A tropical environment is very hot and humid all year round.  Therefore, no matter where you are going to do your tropical gardening, you need to mimic that environment.  You should also make sure that your plants can tolerate constant heat and moisture.  As the British colonized the globe, British women would lament that they couldn’t get their English Impatiens and roses to grow the same way in a tropical climate as they do in moderate England.  Fine gardening in the tropics comes from picking the right plants, such as hibiscus, ginger, and orchids.

Tropical gardening, just like any gardening, starts with the right kind of soil.  Because of the constant rainfall in the tropics, tropical soil quickly leaches out its nutrients.  Therefore it is essential that you keep your garden well fertilized.  Using a typical chemical-based nitrogen fertilizer, as one would do in a northern climate, is not good for tropical gardening.  That fertilizer will actually pull more nutrients out of the soil as it runs off, therefore causing you to put on more and more fertilizer as the years go by.  Instead, you should take advantage of Mother Nature’s fertilizers and put compost, manure, and dead plant parts into your soil.  Decomposition takes place very quickly in tropical gardening, so you should find your soil is naturally replenished in no time.

Tropical Flower

Beautiful Tropical Flower

As you grow your tropical garden, you might want to consider growing some trees as well as flowers, if space permits.  Again, northern gardening principles usually separates flowers, vegetables, and trees, but in order for many of your flowers to survive you need to create some shade.  Banana trees add a nice touch; live oaks provide a lot of cooling shade.  Because the sun’s rays are so much stronger in the tropics, your flowers should still do well in semi-shaded conditions.

Most of the time the weather will do all of your watering as you engage in tropical gardening.  If you happen upon a day that isn’t rainy, you’ll need to do the watering yourself.  Tropical plants like a good dousing, but make sure that the soil is well-drained.  If water starts to pool in your garden, or if you find your soil is perpetually damp, you should see if you can’t landscape in a small slope to help the water drain.  Otherwise, you might find your plants’ roots rotting and their leaves turning yellow.

Your tropical gardening experience should fill your backyard with wild colors and lush vegetation.  All the sun and water make plants grow faster than you would ever expect in a northern climate.  As long as your pair your plants to your environment, you should have an amazing tropical garden in no time.

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