Questions tagged [tropical]

Questions about plants that are native to / endemic in tropical countries, or about tropical environments, whether naturally or artificially (greenhouse).

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What is the best light timing for an indoor ficus bonsai in both the winter and summer?

I recently got an indoor ficus bonsai and it's doing well. I bought a grow light for it and I put it on a timer, but I'm not sure what the best light timing is for the plant. I'm having trouble ...
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Small Pink Tropical Flower Identification

My son recently added this plant to his garden in tropical East Africa. Our best efforts to identify it have failed. Can you help? The flowers are about 1" in diameter and have a delicate scent ...
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Am I over or underwatering my bird of paradise?

About two months ago I acquired a large bird of paradise plant. I keep it indoors, about 15 feet away from a north facing window. Its leaves have been browning and curling, which I believe is either ...
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How to divide Plumeria?

I have a Plumeria that went gangbusters this summer. I want to divide the plant and do it all over again for next year. I am seeking advice on where to take the cuttings. For reference here is ...
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Do plumeria with inflo need fertilizer to actually bloom?

My plumeria appears to have an inflo! It grew from a cutting that I planted about a year ago. It’s got quite a few large leaves and I planted it in fox farms organic soil. I’m wondering if I need to ...
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What kind of seeds/pods are these?

I purchased these on the WISH app. They were under $1 and advertised as Monstera Seeds. I knew 100% that these were NOT monstera seeds, but had to snag them to try to figure out what they are. At ...
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Diagnosis - plumeria leaves are yellowing and falling off

My plumeria, grown from a cutting, is starting to lose leaves. The leaves slowly turn yellow and brown over the course of 2-3 weeks. They start off green, then have a few white spots, then turn fully ...
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What is wrong with my desert roses and how can I cure them?

I got 7 desert rose plants about 2.5 months ago. They all now have something. I don't know. Leaf curls. some white stuff? (Might be rain residue/powdery mildew but I don't know which). Some spotty ...
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viability of alocacia seeds after winter storage

My climate is hot Mediterranean, winter temperatures seldom go below 5c/41F. If I buy seeds around this time of the year (Midsummer), I must wait till the heat of summer abates, and winter is over, ...
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How to control fungal infection on Moringa

7 week old moringa grown from seed started exhibiting white spots and yellowing on leaves. The bottom ones died and dropped off, although new growth continues. Reading that it could be a nutrient ...
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What is this giant 50cm flower?

I found this in a garden in the French Alps at 275m high, any ideas what it is? The red bit is about 40cm and the green is about 50cm.
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Is a dwarf ficus lyrata the same species?

Title says it all. I'm just wondering how they differ from the standard ficus lyrata. is it genetic - were they bred to be smaller? Some special type of propagation from the tree? Or will the plant ...
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What are these pale blotchy spots on the new leaves of my draceana marginata?

Recently, I decided to look at the new leaves of my dracaena that otherwise looks healthy and I've been surprised by this. I am wondering what are those stains and if they're bad for my plant. The ...
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How to introduce an overwintered banana tree back outside for the summer

We got a banana tree last year and brought it inside to overwinter it. The tree was never put into the ground, it stayed in a large pot and is still in the large pot. Our overwintering method was to ...
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How should I prune my tamarind?

During the spring of 2017 I tried to plant a few tamarind seeds that I picked up from one of my travels. Two of them are growing quite well but the plants are just growing vertically, without any "...
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Can leafy vines be used as shade?

Has any climbing plants been used to envelope a house for the purpose of creating shade? What would be the best vine for this and why?
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can anyone help identify this?

Hi, I grew this beauty from a black pod like seed that drifts often onto our Beach here in Mayaro, trinidad. The leaves grew slowly, and the pod size ranges, but could be as big as an adult fist, or ...
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Is My Tamarind Tree Dead?

This may be a vague question, so I apologize in advance. I have a tamarind sapling approximately 1.5 years old that I started from a seed. It's been grown indoors since I live in the northeastern US, ...
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How can I deal with a heavy infestation of mealybugs on my potted Mandevillas?

I have several potted Mandevillas on my terrace, and I’ve been fighting a war on mealy bugs and black spot all summer. I’ve tried everything! Even replacing all plants at the same time and washing all ...
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What kind of Strelitziaceae are these plants?

I found these in Campinas in Brazil. I suspect they are Strelitziaceae.
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Is it possible to design a garden that is free from insects and pests?

I live in the tropics and love plants, esp. those that have air-purifying qualities and those that are edible. However, I have a fear of insects. My home right now has been free of ants, mosquitoes, ...
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How to prevent weeds from growing?

I have a little yard. Its a small 40 sq metre triangular yard with 2 fruit trees and 2 flowering trees. A little picture is in the background of the picture I posted in another question Do eaten ...
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What plant should I choose to plant in a window?

I am from the tropics, to be specific, Mumbai. One of my windows (4ft X 4ft ie. 1.33m X 1.33m approximately) has an iron grill (about 6in --- 15cm --- square) and gets a lot of sun. I want to plant a ...
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What is this tropical plant?

I'm very interested in knowing the name of this tree. Does one of the pictures show a type of fruit, the green cluster dropping down from the branch?
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Plant identification - starfish shape flowers

Living condition: tropics with 25 - 35 degrees celsius very high humidity Any suggestions? I have tried googling like mad and the nearest I have got is Pentas... Which I don't think it is.
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How do I save my medinilla magnifica?

About a month ago I purchased a starter medinilla magnifica after running into a mature plant in a store and falling in love with the flowers, but not the price tag (no way I was paying $60 for a ...
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What is this tropical plant with speckled stems, shiny green leaves and orange flowers called?

What is this tropical plant with speckled stems, shiny green leaves and orange flowers called? And what care does it need?
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What is this tropical plant with woody vines and waxy leaves?

What is this tropical houseplant? I've had it for 15 years in a small pot and it grows woody vines with with waxy leaves and never gets rootbound.
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What's the name of this tropical plant?

Today I bought a tropical plant at a store, but I do not know the name of this plant. Can you give me the name and some care guidance related to this plant?
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Can anyone identify this orchid?

Can anyone identify this orchid? I found it growing in a mango tree. I am on the Tropical island of Trinidad in the West Indies, so Tropical rain-forest similar to the Amazon. My mother may have ...
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I need advice about a Dipladenia (related to Mandevilla)

I need advice about a Dipladenia that I bought today. I actually thought that it was a type of Mandevilla, until I got it home and Googled the name. It is in the same family, and needs the same type ...
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What kind of seeds are these?

Somebody has picked some seeds growing on a 'tropical' looking tree in the south of England (Crawley) and given them to me. Does anybody know what they could be? This clump is about 3 cm long.
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What's the name of this plant?

Hi, Can you help me finding the name of this plant? I made some research but I couldn't find anything. Thanks
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Plant identification - similar to ZZ plant, waxy leaves with round fruit

Their living condition are bright sun from 8am to 6pm daily, tropical rainfall, 26C to 35C temperature.
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Why does my Snowbush have only purple leaves?

My Snowbush had lovely pink, green and white leaves for several years. Now all I get is purple leaves. Is this a magnesium or potassium problem? Or, who has a solution?
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Shall I remove broken or partly dead leaves of a Kalanchoe?

I have two Kalanchoes. The first one of them did not bloom, and some leaves I think are starting to die. Is there anything I can do to help it bloom? Shall I remove the dying leaves? The second one ...
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How should I care for my struggling Nepenthes Miranda?

I purchased a Nepenthes Miranda roughly over 6-7 months ago and for the first long while it was going super well. The leaves looked waxy and the pods grown were plentiful and large. It wasn't until ...
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Why do my Nepenthes N. Ventricosa tendrils dry out, and the N. Alata do not?

I have 2 pitcher plants in a single pot. The N. Alata sprouted around July (totally accidental, thought it was just a new stem since my ventrata has been in a bending position ever since I got it ...
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What is this tree with scaly bark in Beverly Hills, California?

My friend took this photo in Beverly Hills, California. Does anyone know the type of tree?
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Can someone please ID this succulent

Can someone please ID the succulent seen in the image below:
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What causes papaya leaves to curl up into weird shapes?

One of my papaya trees has contracted this strange condition where the leaves are curling up into weird shapes. I have many papaya trees, and this is the only one that is like this. I have watered ...
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Identify this tree with thin trunk and large leaves?

I saw it at a resort in the Dominican Republic. I liked it because it seems to give decent shade but it doesn't seem to have a big trunk, so it's not heavy. Can you guys identify this tree? Thanks.
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How do I recognize a hermaphrodite papaya tree?

I know how to recognize males and females (based on flowers), but how can I recognize a hermaphrodite papaya?
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What plants is this?

I recently got this plant and I looked up on internet but couldn't find one. I don't know anything about this plant and so my question. What plant is this? Corn Plant or Janet Craig or none?
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Monstera/Swiss cheese plant with brown spots on leaves?

I bought a monstera about a week ago and the bigger leaves started to look floppy. I thought this was because I didn't water it enough, so I watered it more. I'm guessing this is where I went wrong ...
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Mysterious Brazilian jungle plant

A couple of years ago a guy claimed to have brought a Brazilian plant from the jungle. He wanted to bring a banana but as soon as the plant grew it was obvious that this was no banana plant. If you ...
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Is it a big deal if the upper parts of papaya roots are exposed like this?

Water washes away the soil around papaya roots, leaving their upper parts partly exposed, like this: Close up: The tree in the photos is the most serious example I have. Yet it seems perfectly ...
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Which of these Air & Pollution cleaning plants best fit a window/ balcony in Mumbai Weather?

Most of the previous threads around such plants are centered/ biased around western nations, so finding ones that fit this Asian/ Indian city is different and key. Also, it would help apply to lots ...
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Can i just simply sealed a bottle of plant and expect it will grow well? [closed]

i bought 2 little pitcher plants from Bangkok which is sealed in a bottle for the past 7 months until now i feel it needed a bigger place to continue growing. Now my question is should i sealed the ...
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Plant only flowers after rain, and not from being watered. What plant is it?

My landlord has this plant in his garden. (See pictures at the bottom.) I water it for him several times a week, using water from a closed well. It doesn't usually rain here. There's maybe one or two ...