growing Australian Tree Ferns; soil, over-head watering, admendment - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, Ca
Question by joel_adams20
September 25, 2008
My name is Joel and I'm trying to landscape my rebuilt house/property after the wild-fires destroyed everything. I've decided to build a waterfall with a tropical

Answer from NGA
September 25, 2008


I think your tropical garden plan has a lot of merit and it sounds as though you know enough to enrich the soil for good plant growth and provide some additional humidity through a mister. A waterfall will also help humidify the air.

Some plants to consider for use as understory include Alocasia, Calocasia, Philodendrons, Anthuriums, Crotons, Ti?s, Impatiens, Begonias, and a whole myriad of other colorful and delightful types of plants such as ginger, fuchsias, bromeliads, ferns, orchids and dwarf daylilies. Between the foliage shapes and the colorful flowers, you'll have an amazing tropical retreat.

Best wishes with your new garden!

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