Tropical Plant Care
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Your plants may have brown, yellow, or damaged leaves or have been cut back for posting.. Uprooting your selected tropical plants from their optimum growing environment, cleaning them, soaking in kelp, then packing them inside a dark box, surrounding them by shredded paper and/or banding box, then shipping via truck and/or airplane to you with greatly varying temperatures and humidities, then waiting for you to unpack and plant it and place it back into its optimum environment. If planted promptly upon receipt in the correct type of potting soil and placed in the correct light conditions and not over-watered or over-fertilized they will revive quickly and put out new growth to replace yellowed or damaged leaves. The single factor that kills most plants is over watering. Plant roots need oxygen; they cannot get oxygen with roots standing in water unless they are water plants. The second most common cause of killing a plant is too much fertilizer. If a plant does not have a good leaf system and a good root system it cannot take a lot of water or full strength fertilizer. Start out slowly until you see the plant responding favorably by putting out new green leaves and developing a good root system. Too much care can be the death knell for an otherwise healthy plant.
As a general rule most heliconias and gingers originate from tropical rainforests. These rainforest soils are generally teaming with life and rich in organic matter and nutrients in the form of leaf mulch and decaying vegetation. Heliconias and gingers are quite literally built for top feeding with their shallow root systems from these rich soils. Although they can be grown in a range of conditions,the closer you can come to duplicating these soil conditions the better your results will be. There are a few things that can impact negatively on growth and flowering. Lack of water and humidity is one of them. Poor drainage is another.Torch gingers and a few heliconias like Standleyii will thrive in poor drainage but for the most part good drainage is a necessity.
Practically speaking, if you have sandy soil you'll find that by adding organic matter, watering regularly, mulching and fertilizing a few times a year(spring and summer) that your plants will do best. In heavy clay soils you'll need to add gypsum and lime to break up your clay (which increases drainage) and raise your PH (which will help make nutrients more available to your plants)
When in doubt MULCH!!! You can never underestimate the value of good preparation when creating your tropical garden. Like the saying goes, there's no point in putting a twenty dollar plant in a twenty cent hole.
We cannot be held responsible if you do not follow advice/instructions given to you on purchasing or caring for your tropical plants. PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED BEFORE ORDERING!!!!!