Have you ever gone on vacation somewhere tropical and fallen in love with the plants there? I have. I’ve brought home cactuses. I’ve hauled succulents. I’ve packed those goofy plumeria branches you get in any Hawaiian gift store. Once potted in soil, the plumeria stick will actually grow into a tiny tree. You don’t get many blooms, but the stalk will put on foliage and it’s a fun if not temporary endeavor.
There are some tropical plants that are easy to grow indoors. In the north, we don’t have the luxurious high sun of Brazil, India, Indonesia, or Africa but there are choices. When I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden’s tribute to Roberto Burle Marx in 2017, I was reminded of what those choices can be. Check out the following list. Continue reading