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Tropical Plant Care

Caring for your new tropical plant is not hard, but here are some care tips to help you succeed with these wonderful plants.

Plants suitable to be in the home environment with the least amount of climate change necessary to maintain them. 

Note:  These plants are all tropical in nature, so do require a modicum of extra care not normally associated with plants within the home. 

 

Lighting:
Lighting

75% indirect or filtered light best achieved by using shear white curtains to filter entering sunlight.  Supplement with 6500 K LED lighting to assure sufficient lighting close to 12/12 cycle if possible.

Humidity:

70% + around the plants.

Watering:

Room temperature water daily.
DO NOT LET DRY OUT!

 

Temperature:

All plants in this group require 65F/18.3C to 80F /26.7C & prefer a slight drop of temperature in the evening down to 55F/12.8C

 

Substrate:

Equal parts of Vermiculite, Chopped Sphagnum Moss, Crushed wood-based charcoal, Crushed Pine Bark.  This mix should drain incredibly well (45 seconds from watering).  Adjust for terrestrial species with an equal part of a good premium potting soil mix.  

Fertilization:

A good fertilizer of equal parts such as 15/15/15 or a mix with a higher nitrogen mix such as 15/5/5.  Insure the mix has micro-nutrients especially Magnesium, Molybdenum, Manganese, & Iron for color and leaf health.