Tropical Plants - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
Question by kstone220
February 9, 2001
I live in San Diego and would like to plant 3 or so tropical plants that don't need a lot of attention, but look nice and will do well in our climate. Also, I don't want them to be very tall. I have seen some different kinds of palm trees that have flowing leaves that I like, but don't know the names.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, could you tell me when the best time to plant?

Answer from NGA
February 9, 2001


Plants with tropical looking foliage include Kniphofia, Fatsia japonica and Ensete (banana). All can be kept within 3'-4' in height with annual pruning. Most palms are slow-growing, and those that have feathery, flowing fronds include Livistona chinensis and Chamaerops. In your mild winter climate you can plant most any time of the year. I like to plant in early spring, just because I'm anxious for a new growing season to begin! Hope the above helps you choose just the right plants for your garden!

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