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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is this bulb with pink single flowers and glossy strap-like leaves?

I live in Sri Lanka. But this is not a local plant. Can anyone point out the name of the plant of this flower. The leaves of the plants are pointed with red arrows. The leaves of the plant are only ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 called?

Does anyone know what this plant is called? It looks tropical-ish to me, but I don't know. Some bromeliad, maybe? I don't have access to the plant shown in the picture, BTW. I found the picture ...
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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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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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Potted poinciana leaves turning yellow

I have some poincianas in pots that I started from seeds back in early July. In the summer, I kept them outdoors on the balcony and they mostly did quite fine, although later in August, some of the ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I combat mealybug in a large garden?

In my friend's large garden, mealybug is the main pest. They spread quickly, often killing whole plants if left unattended. Sometimes they even attack trees. The garden and many of its affected ...
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What is this succulent with flat hairy leaves?

This succulent is about 1.5 feet tall. The leaves are flat with a white hairy type substance. What is it called?
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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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What is purplish thing that looks like eggs or pests on my Magnolia champaca?

I have a Magnolia champaca plant, also known as 'Son champa' in India. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_champaca Recently a few of its leaves contained some very tiny (about 0.5-1 mm in ...
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How can I determine if I have sufficient light for kohleria?

I want to grow some kohleria, not sure which variety, in the office, but I am not sure the light requirement is satisfied. Most websites said kohleria require partial shade sunlight. We don't have ...
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What is causing brown spots on my Alocasia Black Velvet?

About two months ago I bought an Alocasia black velvet for on my desk. My office has a large window and the plant stand at a distance of around 3 meters from the window, so not in direct sunlight. I ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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'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 ...