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Would you like to brighten up your (living) room with a real eye-catcher? Then tropical houseplants are perfect for you.

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Would you like to brighten up your (living) room with a real eye-catcher? Then tropical houseplants are perfect for you. Not only does each tropical houseplant have a special appearance, it will also create a tropical atmosphere in every room. You no longer need expensive airline tickets to get into the tropical mood with Green Bubble's wide range of tropical houseplants.

Origin of the tropical houseplant

Perhaps you have already guessed it, tropical houseplants come from tropical regions around the world. The tropical rainforests are scattered around the world but are all located around the equator. For instance, there are rainforests in South America, Southeast Asia and also in Africa. In these tropical areas, plants not only provide healthy flora and fauna but also have additional benefits for the inhabitants of the tropics. For example, the Monstera plant provides hiding places for animals through its huge leaves.

The best location for a tropical houseplant

Tropical houseplants are originally used to a lot of light because there is a lot of sunshine in their tropical places of origin. Because the tropics are often densely forested, not all plants receive direct sunlight. For many tropical plants, direct sunlight is also too strong for their leaves, which will burn if there is too much sunlight. It is best to put most tropical houseplants in a spot in partial shade but with sufficient daylight. If the leaves of your houseplant become increasingly dark and no new leaves appear, this is a sign of a too dark location. However, if the leaves become pale and any leaf markings disappear, your houseplant has been placed in a position that is too light. It is also important not to place a tropical houseplant near a heater. Heaters cause dry air, which your tropical friend cannot tolerate very well.

Of course, there are always exceptions when it comes to location for tropical houseplants. The Calathea Triostar prefers a shady spot, so it is ideal for a dark corner of your (living) room. This is because this houseplant originally grows on the ground in the tropics, where little or no daylight enters due to the abundance of vegetation. There are also tropical houseplants that can withstand direct sunlight, such as the Areca Palm. This houseplant is not sensitive to direct sunlight, but you will have to increase the number of hours of direct sunlight. We advise you to start doing this in the winter months so it gets used to the amount of direct sunlight. 

The position also has everything to do with watering. If your houseplant is in a dark location, it will probably use less water than a houseplant in a light location.

Tropical houseplants are true indoor plants, as they like high temperatures. These plants are therefore less suitable for use in a greenhouse or garden room, as they quickly get too cold in the Dutch climate.

Watering a tropical houseplant

The watering is different for every tropical houseplant, but they all have in common that they come from a tropical environment where there is a lot of rain and humidity. All tropical houseplants need watering at least once a week during spring and summer. Many varieties even need watering 2-3 times a week during this period. In the autumn and winter months, the frequency of watering will be somewhat lower because the plants will not develop as much. In general, tropical houseplants should always have a slightly moist substrate. Always pay attention to the amount you give your tropical houseplant. We recommend giving small amounts more often than a big splash at once. This is because most tropical houseplants are susceptible to root rot. Root rot occurs when a layer of water remains at the bottom of the pot that the plant cannot absorb. This water will rot and affect the roots. 

The amount and frequency of watering is different for every tropical houseplant and depends on various factors such as: the ambient temperature, the light intensity, the location, the size of the pot and also the size of the plant itself. We advise you to keep an extra eye on your tropical houseplant during the first weeks after purchase and check the potting soil regularly. If you notice that the soil already feels a bit dry two days after watering, it's best to give more water next time. But if you notice that the soil is still very wet after 5 days, it's better to water less next time.

Watering a tropical houseplant 

As mentioned, the tropical houseplant's native environment is humid and rainy. In our (living) rooms, the air is dry rather than humid, so we will have to give our green friends a hand in this. We definitely recommend watering each tropical houseplant once or twice a week. Use the plant sprayer and spray its leaves and stem. Spraying has two main advantages besides benefiting the health of your tropical houseplant. In fact, spraying helps prevent pests from housing on the plant's leaves. Spraying also helps to remove the dust on the leaves, allowing the sunlight to reach the plant better and allowing it to develop better.

Flowering tropical houseplants

Many tropical houseplants already have a special appearance due to their special leaves and colours. There are also a number of tropical houseplants that come into bloom in addition to their awesome appearance! Here the Strelitzia Reginae is one of them, however, it is not said that every Strelitzia Reginae will flower. Firstly, the plant needs to be 4 to 5 years old and the conditions to bloom should also be right. Should this houseplant come to bloom, you will be surprised by its spectacular flowers. There are also some tropical houseplants where flowering does not add to the ornamental value of the plant. In this case, we advise you to cut off the flowers because flowers always consume a lot of energy.

Repot a tropical houseplant

Repotting a tropical houseplant is closely related to its growth and development. In general, you should repot your tropical friend once every two years. We advise you to do this in spring, because any damaged roots can recover well in the coming growing season. When repotting, always use a pot that is 20% larger in diameter than its predecessor, so that the houseplant can develop well again. If you have a high pot/tray, we recommend using an insert sleeve. This insert sleeve prevents the water at the bottom of the pot from rotting, which can eventually lead to root rot.

Toxic tropical houseplants

Unfortunately, most tropical houseplants are mildly toxic, if not by touch then by the sap inside the plant. So we advise you to be careful when moving or trimming your tropical houseplant. Touch and sap can cause irritation on the skin. We always advise against consuming or processing the leaves or other parts of the plant in food.

Ask us for advice

If you want to brighten up your home with a tropical houseplant, it is sometimes difficult to choose from our large selection. That's why we are happy to help you choose. Call or Whatsapp us for advice at 06-23740835 or send an e-mail to [email protected]. You can also fill in our contact form.

Buy tropical houseplant at Green-Bubble

Are you looking for a beautiful, healthy and rock-solid tropical houseplant? Then you've come to the right place at Green Bubble! The moment you buy one of our tropical appearances, you naturally want a beautiful and fresh plant. At Green Bubble we work directly with growers so we can guarantee the freshness of our houseplants. We strive to deliver healthy and high-quality plants to our customers every day. This ensures you get your houseplant delivered as fresh and good as possible!

Want to buy a tropical houseplant but don't feel like going to your local garden shop? We understand that, which is why we ship your tropical houseplant directly to you and for free! Buying a tropical houseplant is easy in our webshop, where you can buy various types of tropical houseplants of the highest quality! 

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