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Tropical Plants

Why grow Tropical plants? Because tropical plants grow so rapidly turn part of your yard into a secluded garden room. Make you feel like you are in tropical country or hawaii. Tropical garden different from other garden because of the exotic flowers and fragrances, dramatic foliage, and global outlook. Taking care of tropical garden is as similar to other garden, they need proper care such as fertilizer, prunning, and watering. They can be mixed with other garden to create the dramatic looks. Here is some of the variety of tropical plant that we carried.
Brugmansia are large shrubs or small trees, reaching heights of 8-15 feet, with tan, slightly rough bark.

The leaves are alternate, generally large, long and broad, with an entire or coarsely toothed margin, and are covered with fine hairs.

The name Angel's Trumpet refers to the large, very dramatic, pendulous trumpet-shaped flowers. They are white, yellow, pink, orange or red, and have a delicate, attractive scent with light, lemony overtones, most noticeable in early evening. Flowers may be single or double.

Brugmansia are easily grown in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil, in full sun to part shade, in frost-free climates. They begin to flower in mid to late spring in warm climates and continue into the fall, often continuing as late as early winter in warm conditions.
Crinum lilies come in a variety of sizes and colors. They are fabulous, tough and easy perennials with a long summer bloom period.

Crinum angustum- Queen Emma Crinum A purple-leaved Crinum, reaching 4-6 feet tall! Flower stalks are erect, topped by sweetly scented clumps of white trumpets with a purple stripe. This Crinum makes a dramatic centerpiece for a flower bed or a fabulous planter to put next to the swimming pool. For best purple color, grow in full sun but also can be grown in partial shade or morning sun area. Like the Giant White Crinum, Queen Emma is easy to grow and will stay the biggest size if protected from frost.
Erythrina crista-galli is one of the hardiest of the coral trees. It has survived temperatures down into the low 20's and come back from even colder temperatures from the roots. It blooms strongly in the spring then again in summer and fall (2-3 times a year) with brilliant maroon-red flowers. Erythrina crista-galli gets up to 20 feet tall and wide in tropical country but will grow mostly around 10-12 feet in this area. The flowers are rich in nectar and get visited by insects, which usually have to crawl underneath the carina and thus pollinate the flowers. They root system of this plants are small which can be used in small spaces, take full sun to half day sun, moderately water and once established about one or twice a week water unless it's a hot weather or santa ana wind occurs.
Hedychium gardnerianum (Kahili Ginger, Ginger Lily) from the Himalaya grows to 4-6 feet tall with long, bright green leaves clasping the tall stems.

This is the most widely cultivated species preferring a warm climate although it will tolerate temperate areas that have light, infrequent frosts. The fragrant, red and pale yellow flowers held in dense spikes, appear from mid to the end of summer and fall season in some area. Very easy to grow, can grow in any soil condition, half day sun to bright shade, regular to semi drought tolerant in some area. Similar habit grow as canna lilies. Cut the whole plants out when done blooming to promote to the new plants and flowers.


An exciting, relatively new introduction on the garden scene was especially bred for its spectacular huge blooms in the most exotic colors and color combinations. It was appropriately named Hotbiscus. Instead of growing on its own root system, Hotbiscus is grafted onto a specially chosen hardy root system that is able to support these huge blooms and promotes consistent vigorous growth. This process is also used with roses and fruit trees.

When planting a Hotbiscus, keep an eye on the location of the graft and remove any growth that appears below the graft (with roses, these are called suckers). The suckers can rob your plant of the vitality that it needs to grow, thrive and blossom, so do not let these stay.

Hotbiscus requires the same cultural conditions as the more common varieties, except with one difference: These exotics can grow and thrive in partial shade. Actually, Hotbiscus prefers filtered light, and their roots especially must be protected from extreme heat or cold.

The giant whitefly and aphids are always attracted to all the Hibiscus plant varieties. If either of these undesired invaders is attacking your plant, spray with insecticidal soap every five days until there's no more bugs left. Hotbiscus, of course, can also be grown in containers (such as plastic tubs, or wooden barrels) for patios or balconies. The size of the new container should be about twice the size of the nursery can. As a planting mix, use a high-quality potting soil.

Pruning is needed only to shape the plant as desired. Pinching to encourage new branches will help to produce more flowers, as the blooms come from the new growth.

Regular and deep watering is recommended during the growing season, so the soil is kept moist but never overly wet. Give less frequent waterings during the fall and winter. Good drainage is definitely a must, and monthly feedings of a flower-promoting fertilizer will increase the amount of flowers.

If regular waterings are neglected or done on an irregular basis, unopened flower buds may drop off. Always dead-head the spent flowers (including the flower's stem), to encourage new buds.
We carried all kind of hybrid bougainvillea for every customers needed. For example, this variety is called GOLDEN JACKPOT? BOUGAINVILLEA
Bougainvillea 'MonSam', Vibrant purple flowers create a dramatic contrast with the chartreuse to bright golden borders to the green leaves. Provides festive color and tropical effect to patio containers, as seasonal color or long-term ground cover. Groundcover 15 in. tall, 4 to 5 ft. wide. Full sun. Evergreen. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.


Ixora is a dense, multi-branched evergreen shrub, commonly 1-2 ft in height. Ixora has a rounded form, with a spread that may exceed its height. The glossy, leathery, oblong leaves with entire margins, and are carried in opposite pairs or whorled on the stems. Small tubular, scarlet flowers in dense rounded clusters 2-4 inch across are produced almost all year long. There are numerous named cultivars differing in flower color (yellow, pink, orange) and plant size. Ixora is moderately salt tolerant, but not at all tolerant of alkaline soils, which will cause the leaves to become chlorotic (yellowish). Don't plant ixora where it will get runoff from concrete or stucco. Do plant in acidic soil, feed with a high nitrogen fertilizer and mulch well. Ixora does well in partial shade in the warmest areas. It does best, however, with full sun most of the day, but some shade during the hottest hours. Plants in more sun will be denser and more compact, and produce more flowers. Ixora likes moist, friable, well drained soil that is high in organics. During warm weather they should be watered regularly. Water sparingly in winter.
This compact tropical shrub features vivid red clusters of half-inch flowers over the entire plant year round. Bronze new foliage turns to vivid green with age on plants tidy enough to produce fine hedge or screen. Makes easy care specimen or container plant. Full to part sun outdoors. Fast growing to 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide, tree-like with age. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
The family Passifloraceae is found worldwide, except in Antarctica. The decorative passion flowers have a unique flower structure, passiflora species are important sources of nectar for many insects. The leaves are used as food plants by the larva of the butterflies. The passion vine prefers a frost-free climate. There are some cultivars that can take temperatures into the upper 20?s (F) without serious damage. The ?Blue Passion Vine? is pretty cold hardy and salt tolerant but the plant does not grow well in intense summer heat. The yellow passion fruit is tropical and isn?t fond of frost. The purple and yellow forms both need protection from the wind. They make quite a few products from the plant and fruit - Like tea.

Another interesting item about the Passiflora is that they are very popular with butterflies. Passion Vine requires full sun except during those very hot summer days, if possible provide some partial shade. The vine is a fast grower and can get out of hand, so if possible plant it next to a chain link fence or on a trellis. Passion fruit vines grow in many soil types but make sure that the plant gets excellent drainage. If you want to keep the vines flowering almost continuously, regular water is necessary. The vines are shallow-rooted, and will benefit from a thick layer of organic mulch.
Plumeria or also known as frangipani grows to be a large flowering plants in the tropics. The blooms are beautiful, have an intoxicating fragrance and easy to grow. Plumeria go into a natural dormant period, so it is easy to grow them in containers and bring them inside for winter storage in case of snowing and freezing time. If your want to more information of plumeria, please click on page "Caring of your Plumeria".

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