Best tropical plants for landscaping

Best tropical plants for landscaping

Best tropical plants for landscaping, gardening, and indoor plants for space-saving use and decorative purposes (Page 2 of 13)

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2. Cacti (milky, hairy)

Cacti are usually treated as landscape plants due to their hardiness, resilience, low-maintenance, and beautiful foliage. This category is also the most expensive and, therefore, is probably not your best choice for indoor cultivation.

It might also be confusing that you will not find a lot of cacti inside for indoor use, cacti often grow best in very dry environments.

How much does it cost to grow cacti for indoor use?

The prices are very high: these plants do not go cheap!

How to grow cacti for indoor use?

You can grow cacti indoors from seed, cuttings, or bulbs. Cacti do best in warmer climates, so make sure you’re familiar with growing cacti outdoors before you start growing them indoors. You will need special heat, artificial light, and humidity to grow cacti indoors.

Here are a few tips and tricks:

Apply fertilizer as soon as the plant has a root ball and it can be planted. Do not add extra nutrients after you plant your cactus.

Make sure the pots are large enough to accommodate your cactus. Cacti are forgiving, but it is important that the roots do not rot and you need to ensure there is enough space for the roots to stretch.

For more help, check our articles on how to start cacti from seed or how to start cacti from cuttings.

1. Mat (milky)

Wax flower vase.

Price: $20-$150

Plant Type: Cactus (milky)

Maintenance: Low-maintenance

The mat cactus is a much more affordable alternative to the other cacti that you see in flowerpots on display in grocery stores. It is also a really hardy plant, the Mat cactus is not sensitive to the weather, it does not require much water and it is available all year round.

On the other hand, Mat cacti are quite thirsty and therefore a must have for a greenhouse. You can also only buy the cuttings of these cacti.

How to grow Mat cacti for indoor use?

You can get the seeds of the Mat cactus but do not expect that the seeds will grow into plants.

Make sure your indoor space is humid (air-conditioning isn’t a good option). Cacti love moisture, especially when they are exposed to the air. It might be a good idea to keep them in a greenhouse because, as mentioned earlier, they don’t do well in cooler temperatures.

Buy cuttings. You can buy the cuttings of the Mat cactus from tropical greenhouses that offer indoor cacti.

Buy cacti from nurseries that specialize in cacti. You should expect to pay more for the cuttings because they are much harder to grow than the seeds.

2. Santa Ana (milky, hairy)

Calceolaria levis/Peace lily.

Price: $20-$150

Plant Type: Cactus (milky)

Maintenance: Medium-high

The Santa Ana is a perennial plant with rounded and succulent leaves.

It is not as hardy as the other cacti you have seen, but it is a great and hardy plant for people who live in tropical climates.

Unlike other cacti, Santa Ana cacti do not require direct sunlight because they need less. When you buy these plants, you will be given the option to choose from two different species: “Pavlovskij” or “Simpson”.

What should you know before growing Santa Ana cacti for indoor use?

The Santa Ana cactus is very cheap and a good alternative to the other cacti you can see in nurseries. Still, you might want to plant a Santa Ana cactus indoors for a while, before you buy it.

It is not a particularly easy plant to grow, you will need a lot of space. It will also need more water than other cacti. However, the Santa Ana cactus is a very cheerful plant and its shiny leaves are very attractive.

Buy a Santa Ana cactus.

3. Milk Cactus (milky, hairy)

Echinocactus grusonii.

Price: $25-$80

Plant Type: Cactus (milky)

Maintenance: Low-medium

Milk Cacti are cacti that have a lot of chlorophyll, making them a great and extremely cheap option to grow your own Cactus collection.

The best thing about Milk Cacti is that they can be grown indoors all year round. They are the cheapest cacti and they are easy to grow. You can buy them from tropical greenhouses for relatively cheap prices.

How to grow Milk Cacti for indoor use?

You can buy the seed of the Milk Cactus, but the seeds need to be in the ground at least two months before they can germinate. After the seed germinates, you can plant them outdoors. You can buy the cuttings of Milk Cacti from tropical greenhouses. You can also buy the cuttings of the Milk Cactus from a nursery that offers cacti.

Don’t worry if you have no experience with growing cacti. As they grow, Milk Cacti need watering but they do not need a lot of care. The Milk Cactus can survive without water for a week or two. They also do well in a pot on a windowsill. You can buy a cheap plastic greenhouse from Amazon.

4. Rabbit Ears (milky, hairy


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