Have you ever wanted to grow your own tropical plants, even if you don’t live in the tropics? Now’s your chance!
We all love the idea of tropical plants, well, anything tropical really. It puts our mind in a place of relaxation, fresh plants, and juiciness that can only be found in tropical fruits. The only problem is when you want to grow these plants yourself, especially when you can’t find them in your local market, and you live in a very non-tropical place like northern Canada.
Even if you live in a semi-tropical location for part of the year, what if you want to have these plants available all year? You may be surprised to know that it’s very possible to do this. Even some of those locations with harsh winters but good indoor insulation, it’s possible, although a little harder sometimes than growing outside.
With this easy-to-reference guide, I hope you all will try your hand at growing a unique tropical plant (like a papaya tree!), at some point this year.
So, let’s get started with the basics of what you need to know. Since every plant has its own unique needs and requirements, I’ve broken up the article by basic tips to start off with and then specific directions on how to grow a few different tropical plants at the end.
SETTING UP A HOME FOR YOUR TROPICAL PLANT
In order for the fruit to be produced from these plants, you need to create an atmosphere that is as similar to their native growing conditions as possible. This would include lots of suns, sandy soil (with an abundance of organic matter), soil drainage and aeration, and protection from strong wind.
It’s usually recommended to first plant a tropical fruit during the rainy season of where you are located, this allows them to create strong roots from the beginning. Once the rainy season goes to the cold season, it’s best to bring the plants indoors as they need dry periods in order to flower. Applying a fertilizer blend made specifically for tropical fruit plants 3x a year is also recommended, to help the plant grow properly. Although this can change depending on the type of tropical plant you’re growing.
Of course, being able to grow plants outside is only available to a few areas with temperate weather and even then, only a select type of hardy tropical plants can be grown. Because of this, we’ll be focusing mainly on how to grow your tropical plants inside, because yes, you can even do that in Canada if you have the right set-up.