In late January, sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the site of the Tropical Plants species Industry Exhibition (TPIE). This event showcases the latest trends in tropical plant species— plants that are destined to become popular in our Canadian climates as houseplants in winter and container or annual bedding plants for our summer gardens. Here are five tropical plant trends to watch for.
1/ Blue Orchids, anyone?
Thanks to their affordability and blooms that can last for several months, moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) have become one of the most popular houseplants on the market these days. These plants are bred using a process used by growers that creates colors that nature just can’t manage. ’Blue Diamond’, with its vibrant blue blooms, was a standout at the show, though it met with mixed emotions. As part of an expanding line, Colorfuze Orchids, grown by Plainview Growers of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, are a novelty item that will appeal to those who want something different. Two other colors featured were ‘Purple Fusion’, a deep, purplish-blue hue with a pale edge, and ‘Lavender Mist’, light purple with dark veins. As the orchids mature, the colors fade to softer pastel tones. But, don’t expect them to re-bloom in the same color—the second time around, it’s back to basic white.
2/ Medinilla Flowering Plant
Medinilla ‘Magnifica’ was voted the best new flowering plant for 2012 at TPIE, and with good reason. It is magnificent. With exotic, pendulous, powder-pink “flowers” (actually clusters of bracts) that can grow to about 50 cm, combined with handsome, oval, dark-green leaves, this gorgeous houseplant is a must-have. With proper care (lots of light, keep it on the dry side), the blooms can last for about two months. This stunning plant is grown by Northend Gardens in Jordan Station, Ontario. See the Medinilla website for more information.
- Medinilla Florinilla Magic Live Plant 7 To 12 Inches Tall~Medinilla Orchids.
- Plant Will Be Ship Out Bare Roots Wrapped In A Newspaper With Soil.
- Pot Not Included.
3/ ‘Tropic Escape’ Hibiscus Blooms
Hibiscus blooms have long been a favorite flowering shrub on Canadian patios and decks during the summer months because they are easy to grow and their cheerful (though short-lived) blooms transport us to the tropics. A new line from Costa Farms of Miami, Florida, called ‘Tropic Escape’ drew lots of attention at TPIE. The flowers are huge—about 15 cm across and can be expected to last twice as long as the more ordinary hibiscus varieties. With a wide color range, the ‘Tropic Escape’ series is a winner. There are 12 new colors with names like ‘Pina Colada’, ‘Cherry Mojito’, ‘Monsoon Mixer’, ‘Rum Runner Remix’, and ‘Sunrise Mimosa’. A favorite, ‘Rum Runner Remix’, stood out with bright, lemon-yellow petals meeting a cherry red center.
4/ Nepenthes Plants
Nepenthes (pitcher plants) are carnivorous plants that can be grown successfully indoors given the right care. Two specific varieties, ‘Alata’ and ‘Miranda’, were displayed in six-inch hanging baskets and are reported to make wonderful houseplants. They grow best in full sunlight from a south or west exposure and need high (60 to 70 percent) humidity with very good root aeration. Most Nepenthes can survive in your home if you take the time to mist them a few times a day. Sphagnum moss has proved to be the best potting medium to prevent overwatering or drying. During mild weather, Nepenthes can be placed outdoors in a shady spot. Thanks to the advent of tissue culture, these interesting plants are now more widely available.
5/ Upright Staghorn Fern
Staghorn ferns are epiphytic perennials or “air” plants. In the wild, they are found attached to tall trees. They get their water and nutrients from the air rather than soil. As houseplants, staghorn ferns are typically sold mounted on a piece of bark so you can hang them on a wall or other structure. ‘Platycerium Grande’ is an unusual variety with fronds that develop in an upright manner, so it can be grown in pots rather than as a hanging specimen. The culture is the same for both—bright light and high.
6/ Beautiful Elephant Ear Colocasia Esculenta Tropical Plant Bulbs
Colocasia Esculenta, the small elephant ear plant is a large leafy tropical plant that is usually grown as a summer plant in the open air. However, it will also work as a potted plant that you can grow indoors or use as a houseplant. The elephant ear plant offers a bold tropical effect in almost any landscape. In fact, these plants are usually grown for their large tropical foliage reminiscent of elephant ears. Elephant ear plants can be used as background plants, floor coverings, or edges, especially around ponds or along walkways or patio enclosures. Its most common use, however, is as an accent or focal point. Many are even well suited for container cultivation. Growing elephant ear plants is easy. Most of these plants prefer rich, moist soil and can be grown in full sun, but usually prefer partial shade. Plant the tubers about 2-3 inches deep, fine blunt down. The plant grows from bulbs/tubers. To grow it as a houseplant, start with a large pot, fill it about three-quarters with a light pot mixture. A bright spot is ideal, although the plant will also grow with medium indoor light. Once established, elephant ears require little attention. During periods of drought, you may want to regularly water plants, especially those that grow in containers. Although this is not absolutely necessary, you can also apply some common soft fertilizers to the soil periodically. Every seed you give a life –
7/ Croton Mammy Plant Live
Croton Mammy does this best in case of partial exposure to full sun or bright to moderate light. Typically with Crotons, the more sun there is, the more colors are full. For watering, water when the soil begins to feel dry to the touch. Do not oversaturate. Given this tropical nature of plants, he likes moisture, so be sure to provide enough! Avoid dry air and drafts. Note: Please understand that each plant varies slightly (this is a living thing!) and, therefore, your plant may not look identical to the photo. We do our best to choose the healthiest and best quality plant for you!
8/ Nepenthes ALATA. Live Tropical Pitcher Plant
This tropical plants for sale on Amazon is not necessarily the one shown in the pictures. The plant you receive will have 2 to 5 vases of full growth. It is planted in a 3” pot. It is a jug plant very easy to grow with beautiful traps. Easy to grow and a great plant for beginners Take advantage of it! Important Remarks: 1) It is not uncommon to receive a dead or dying plant that itches, because it is a normal occurrence in nature, you can lose a few pots due to a shipping process. Cut out the dead vegetable matter. Plants grow new leaves with new vases. 2) Remove all toppings from the plant. 3) Plant water immediately after receiving it. You should not sit on the water, but regular watering and mist are appreciated.
9/ Indoor Vertical Garden, Contains 1 White Planter Vertical Unit
Grow vertical gardens with Your own Tropical hanging plants! Manufactured by Ortisgreen This vertical indoor garden system includes 1 white pot with 6 separate pockets to grow any plant of your choice. Mix and match plants from any garden center, insert them into the pot, then hang them and enjoy your living wall. For best results, incoming transplantation, tropical houseplants such as Spider Plant, Pothos, and Syngonium, in the kit. It includes natural and odorless sphagnum moss that can hold up to 20 times its weight in water both to secure vertical plants and keep them hydrated. Minimal maintenance water; micro-holes at the top of the pot distribute water to each plant while a collection tray at the bottom captures excess water! The internal vertical garden can be easily customized to fit your unique space. Take your potted plants to the next level and experience gardening from a vertical point of view.