Cast Iron Plant

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  • Where Can I Find Tropical Plants For Sale?

     hardiness zone mapBefore you decide to buy tropical plants, it’s always a good idea to check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. As you already know, these plants normally grow in the tropics where the temperature is normally higher than most of the places in the country. So the only way that you’ll know if a tropical plant can survive in your ZIP code is to check its hardiness.

    And if your place indeed has climate conditions that can support tropical plants, it’s time to hunt down the most exotic plants that tropical countries have. The good news is, you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to get these plants to US territory because there are several suppliers who can do the task for you.

    Where can you find tropical plants for sale?

    One good company that has a comprehensive catalogue of plants is Top Tropicals. You can find them online, and they ship to all parts of continental America — except for plants that are not certified in some states like Texas and California.top tropical website

    At Top Tropicals’ official website, you’ll be easily impressed with the wide array of plants that include trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, fruits, and aquatic plants that you have probably not seen before. The have hundreds of those, and they have clear pictures that gives you a clearer picture of what to expect when you purchase a certain plant.

    Top Tropicals also did a smart job in putting each of the plants’ scientific name in case you’re not familiar with the plant and want to do some further research.

    And if you are looking for discounted plants, Top Tropicals has a page that showcases beautiful plants, shrubs, and flowers. As of this writing, for instance, some of those on sale include kitten’s tail, twin-flowered Agave, pink bottlebrush, and dwarf ylang-ylang.

    The website also serves as a shopping site, so if you like what you see and want to make a purchase, you can easily click on the “Add to Cart” button and proceed to checkout. Aside from that, Top Tropicals also offer printable and downloadable materials that you can use for your tropical garden.

    Aside from Top Tropicals, you might want to check out family-owned Stokes Tropicals. Just like Top Tropicals, Stokes Tropicals offer a large catalogue of the most exquisite tropical plants you’ll ever see. If you are currently finishing a landscaping project with a tropical theme, you can choose from the company’s collection of ferns, bamboos, and beautiful orchids. All these are available online, so to make a purchase, just visit their website.

    stokes tropicalsStokes Tropicals offer more. The company also has a plant care page that gives you quality equipment and chemicals that protect your plants. From fertilizers to watering materials, Stokes Tropicals has everything for you.

    Stokes Tropicals is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and is a member of reputable plant-related organizations such as the Garden Writers Association, Heliconia Society, American Bamboo Society, The Plummeria Society, International Palm Society, and the Mailorder Gardening Association.

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  • Tips For Cast Iron Plant Care

    cast iron plantIf you’re planning on adding a tropical element in your home or office, why not choose a cast iron plant? This plant is good for indoors or outdoors, and it requires minimal maintenance efforts. Plus, it is a hardy plant, so it can survive extreme climate or weather conditions.

    But though this plant is generally low-maintenance, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need some TLC. So to help it grow healthy, here are some tips for cast iron plant care.

    • First, just like any plant, the cast iron plant needs regular watering. However, you need to be selective with the type of water that this plant gets. While at first, tap water can be the convenient and easy watering solution, understand that minerals from tap water can be bad for cast iron plants especially when they accumulate in the plants’ tips.

     

    • Soft water is also not a good idea because this type of water promotes stunted growth. What you want is filtered water that’s devoid of minerals that can be harmful to cast iron plants.
    • Second, though these plants can thrive indoors or outdoors, it’s important to place them at an area where they receive low light and heat. Never ever put them directly under the sun as the sun’s rays will burn their leaves, turning them brown and ugly.
    • Third, don’t overfeed these plants. Some people would water their plants everyday, but this is not necessary for cast iron plants. As previously said, they need regular watering, but overfeeding them (i.e. watering them everyday) can cause their leaf tips to be brown.

    So when do you water these plants? Experts suggest that when the top layer of the soil is dry, it’s time to feed the plant.cast iron plant brown tips

    As for fertilizers, these plants can thrive even without fertilizers. But if you feel like your cast iron plant needs one, it’s best to go all-natural, so read the fertilizer labels carefully and make sure that the ingredients do not affect anyone’s health. This includes both humans and animals.

    Last, always watch out for a fungal disease called anthracnose, which is common to these types of plants. This disease is responsible for transforming the beautiful leaves of cast iron plants to have yellow or brown tips. If left alone, the disease spreads all over the plant and it will eventually die.

    How can you deal with this problem?

    solving problem on cart iron plantsYou can nip the leaves that are immediately affected by the disease. Doing this should keep the whole plant from dying. But if the problem persists, you may have to transfer the plant into another pot using a new soil. If the problem still persists, it’s best to carry the plant as far away as possible so it won’t affect the other plants in your home or garden.

    Cast iron plants are such a slow-grower. They would normally grow to a huge size only after 4 or 5 years. If the plants propagate and you feel like the pot is no longer big enough for the new additions, divide the plant only in the spring.

     

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