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Apr 26, 2016 5:39 AM CST
What are the prettiest tropical plants that have flowers and green foliage that can live inside in the winter and outside in the summer months
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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Apr 26, 2016 7:00 AM CST
I really doubt that all of us could agree on what is prettiest. Visit a greenhouse, look at books, get on-line and look at pictures. There are many to chose from. Sounds like you are new to this hobby. Perhaps a better question might be: What are the easiest plants to care for? Gene
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Apr 26, 2016 9:25 AM CST
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I vote for Anthurium. They bloom constantly, don't get huge and care is easy: a sunny spot and sitting in a saucer of water. In summer, outside under the trees sitting in their saucer of water. Its impossible to over water an Anthurium. Fertilizer once in a while.

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Name: Christie
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Apr 26, 2016 10:26 AM CST
A Christmas Cactus is actually a tropical plant. I keep mine in my office all winter, then outside the rest of the year. To get it to bloom, water it often in the winter, with a light fertilizer and only medium light. Then put it in direct sunlight with very little water and no more fertilizer.
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Apr 26, 2016 1:57 PM CST
Are you amenable to variegated foliage? Some of these don't have plain green leaves.

Bromeliad (Billbergia 'Foster's Striate')
Queen's Tears (Billbergia nutans)
Wax Begonia (Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum)
dragon wing Begonia
Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansia)
Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)
Inch Plant (Tradescantia cerinthoides)
Purple Queen (Tradescantia pallida)


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