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Rare tropical plants for your interior

Whether you're looking for a bedroom plant, a bathroom plant or a conservatory plant, most tropical plants are suitable as indoor plants. Heated conservatories are ideal for them, but they'll also do well in any warm, bright room, as close as possible to the source of natural light. If your room or conservatory isn't heated in winter, but is frost-free, they'll go dormant, so you'll have to stop watering them altogether. (Continued at bottom of page)

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    What criteria should I use to choose a tropical houseplant? 

    There are a number of criteria that can influence your decision to adopt a tropical houseplant

    The color of your indoor plant

    By plant color, we can think of bloom color. The chromatic range is vast, from pink-red to orange-yellow to purple-purple, not forgetting pure white. The rarest bloom color is blue-green, represented by the famous Jade Liana, Strongylodon macrobotrys.

    But don't forget the foliage colors of your tropical plants, which have the advantage of coloring your interiors all year round, unlike blooming plants, which remain only ephemeral. For example, Hibiscus acetosella with its red leaves, or Boat lily with its luminous purple foliage!

    Foliage shape of your tropical houseplant.

    Of course, when we think of exotic indoor plants foliage, we first think of classics like Monstera deliciosa or a Bird of Paradise. But many tropical plants have remarkable, highly decorative foliage. This can be due to their shape (Corkscrew albuca), their color or even certain amusing properties such as the retraction of their foliage to the touch (Sensitive plant) or the rotation of their foliage receptive to sound (Dancing plant).


    The first criterion we often think of is the beauty of tropical flowers. And indeed, what a palette of shapes, colors and even fragrances! A single plant can sublimate a room with a spectacular large flower (Red torch ginger), or conversely a multitude of small flowers (Red Passion flower). It can also perfume a room with fragrances as diverse as Lemon-scented gum tree (Eucalyptus citriodora), peanut (Giant honey flower), hot chocolate (Campanula dominicana)...

    As a general rule, the smaller the plant, the faster it will flower

    Sizing, which tropical houseplant for an apartment?

    As the interior space of our homes is not expandable and the ceiling inexorably limits the size of plants, you need to take into account the future development and the possibility of pruning the plant. Avoid trees, which will grow too tall and, unless you want to make a bonsai, don't like to be pruned, as they create a single trunk and branch only with difficulty if the trunk is cut: they will tend to continue growing their trunk at all costs, which will then be offset from the initial trunk, and that won't solve your problem of growing tall!

    For this reason, prefer bedding plants, which don't take up much space and have the added advantage of flowering very quickly. You can also opt for exotic shrubs that can be pruned without worrying about their development.

    And don't forget climbing plants! They'll do wonders in conservatories, living rooms (around a curtain rod, for example), or even bathrooms if they benefit from natural light (e.g. climbing over shower enclosures). All they need is a sturdy support and they're easy to prune.

    Which tropical plants for a conservatory?

    Verandas present a perfect playground for growing tropical houseplants. They offer plenty of light, good height and, provided it's heated, an ideal temperature.

    In addition to the plants mentioned above, you can try your hand at growing larger plants such as the Traveler's Tree or one of our varieties of Baobab.

    They are also the place where desert plants like Adenium obesum reach their full potential.

    But be sure to adapt your choice to the exposure of your conservatory. A Vanilla plant will thrive in a north-facing conservatory, but will suffer if it faces south.

    Of course, you should also avoid placing plants that require too much water in a south-facing veranda.

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