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

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Growth rate of strangler aerial roots in sub-tropics

In sub-tropical climate, like in Roatán, Honduras, how fast do aerial roots of young strangler figs grow? Ludwig et al. mention in their article Living bridges using aerial roots of ficus elastica – ...
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Bought this plant in Japan. Anyone know the name?

Bought this plant in Japan but it didn't have a tag indicating the species.
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Is my pineapple plant dying?

I noticed my pineapple plant was severely over-watered so I removed the wet soil, let my plant air dry out of the pot for a few days, then re-potted it with dry soil. But now its falling over, the ...
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How much frost is too much frost for a fiddle leaf fig

Recently, I received a fiddle leaf fig from someone who could not care for it. They had been keeping it outside (Zone 6A, formerly 5B) for the summer and, unfortunately, I didn’t get to it before ...
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Cocoa leaves turning brown

Hello, My 4 months old cocoa plants are starting to get brown. Any idea what is the reason? Is this the cold weather? to much watering? What should I do? And does the left one still have a chance to ...
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Is this a papaya? What kind, and how do I know when it is ripe?

There are several trees with these fruits growing wild near where I'm staying in the Caribbean. I let one ripen from green to orange and cut it open. Is it a papaya? And what kind? This one didn't ...
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When to repot my 2 baby tamarind trees?

I live in London UK and have two small tamarind trees about 12 inches high which were sprouted from a pod we ate years back and kept the seeds, rediscovering them at the start of lockdown #1! So they ...
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Unidentified identification

I have searched the internet using 4 different plant ID. Sites and have not been able to identify this beautiful plant growing in a dental office. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks, CD.
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After marcotting Mango, Chico, and Duhat, when will the roots appear?

We are planning to marcot Mango, Chico and Duhat. Approximately how many days after marcotting each of these respective plants will the roots begin to appear? We ask because we live in the equatorial ...
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Leaf too long? Honey mango

The seedling is not even 3 inches tall and has a leaf bigger than itself. This is a polyembryonic honey mango seed. It gets 1 hour of sunlight daily and the pot has no drainage holes. I also am ...
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What is this extension of my Mango Tree? Is it weed or is it helpful for it?

My 3 year old Mango Tree has some kind of extension on it. What is it? Should I remove it or let it stay?
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Pruning / restarting a birds of paradise tree

Hello I have several large birds of paradise trees (strelitzia nicolai), seen in the picture below. Since I live in a a seasonal climate they need to be taken indoors over the winter. Unfortunately ...
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How to hand pollinate Narajilla (Lulo)?

I have been poking a little at the flowers but they are not what I am used to. I've hand pollinated many other plants with success but this flower structure is more closed off and I can't seem to ...
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Is it normal for a pineapple to grow more crowns direcly from the fruit?

I've read about shoots/slips/ratoons/suckers (I can't keep track of what is what, and I think 2 of those refer to the same thing). I know one of them grows from the stem, below where the pineapple ...
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Marigold flower partially wilting and leaves are curling

I bought a marigold plant two weeks ago and it started by a beautiful bloom. However, some of the biggest flower slowly becomes brown and wilted. The leaves are curling and dried too. So I cut out the ...
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Can someone show me a picture of full grow Nepenthes Rafflesiana or Bicalcarata?

Im trying to grow nepenthes rafflesiana and bicalcarata and im curious, i have seen many picture of this nepenthes species on google but the picture only show pitcher, stem, and leaf. Im also watch ...
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Banana tree health declining after repotting, yellowing leaves

I recently received a banana tree as a gift and as it is starting to decline I am worried about it. First off, I live in southern Canada (London) so I don't have a tropical climate but its been quite ...
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What Disease is on my Mango Plant? Are there any remedies to cure it?

I'm growing a mango tree and discovered a few days ago some oily dots on the top of a lot of the leaves and on the back of those specific leaves were black patches scattered around. A few isolated ...
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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. The leaves are not hairy, the stem below has 2 single stalks that has new emerging leaves, but is not rounded ...
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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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