Add Drama to Your Garden with Tropical Houseplants.

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Tropical plants are superstars and add color and drama to any space. Luckily for you, many tropical houseplants can be grown outdoors in Southern Florida.

Spice up your garden this year with tropical hibiscus and crotons. Crotons are known for their large, multi-colored leaves. Hibiscus are prized for huge blossoms that flower year-round.

The first step to success is choosing a heathy plant. Be sure that the plants have no broken branches and roots aren’t growing out of the hole in the bottom of the pot.

For crotons, look for large, brightly colored leaves. Choose a hibiscus in bloom, so you know you’re getting the flower color you want.

Planting Hibiscus and Crotons:

  1. Pick the perfect spot that gives plants room to spread out. Crotons can grow 6’ tall and wide and need partial sun. Too much sun can cause the colorful leaves to fade. Hibiscus can grow 6-10’ tall and love full sun.
  2. To move a croton or hibiscus outdoors, put the container outside in a shady spot for about a week to acclimate before planting.
  3. Dig a wide hole, no deeper than the container depth the plant was growing in. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil.
  4. Water thoroughly, then mulch.
  5. Fertilize once in spring and once in summer with a slow release fertilizer high in nitrogen.
  6. Keep shrubs well watered, but don’t let the soil become waterlogged, or the roots can rot.

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