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Tropical Gardens

How do you describe a tropical garden? Exuberant, lush, full and abundant are some of the words that come to mind. Tropical plants are renowned for their large leaves and showy, brightly coloured flowers.

Tropical gardens are very fashionable but you don’t have to live in a warm climate to get the tropical look. It’s a matter of choosing plants carefully and aiming to create the right atmosphere. Here are some plants that will give a tropical effect even if they’re grown well away from the tropics.

Caring for tropical plants

Tropical plants have evolved in areas with high rainfall and rich soils so it’s important to replicate these conditions where possible. Start by mixing Yates Waterwise Water Storing crystals into the soil before planting. Keep a layer of organic mulch around the plants and fertilise every month while the growing weather’s still good.

Dynamic Lifter pellets are perfect for feeding tropical plants. Because they’re organic they encourage soil to function at its best. Potted plants and orchids will benefit from regular applications of the liquid form of Dynamic Lifter because it produces such quick results.

Pests and tropical plants go together. Use Confidor to control common insect pests such as hibiscus flower beetle, mealybug and scales. Yates Natrasoap is a non toxic solution for many common garden problems, including the almost invisible sap-sucking mites.



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