Tropical Plants to Last the Whole Year Through
During the spring and summer, many of us spend a lot of time and money creating a beautiful oasis in our yards. If you’re anything like me, you simply cannot resist the urge to scoop up all the gorgeous sun-loving plants to scatter poolside and amongst seating areas.
And the satisfaction is delivered immediately. There’s nothing like laying out in your own backyard but feeling like you’ve been transported to a tropical paradise. Bring me all of the elephant ears, birds of paradise, and citrus trees please and thank you!
Money spent on outdoor planters and tropical blooms can add up quickly. And to some, this may seem like a foolish investment, as they will only live in our climate for a few short months. But what if I told you many of these tropical blooms can be brought indoors and enjoyed throughout the winter? That’s right, you can actually save yourself a lot of money by salvaging your larger tropical plants and reusing them on your patio in the years to come!
Purchase a smaller plant at the beginning of the year (or now) and let it grow outside for the season and you will have a beautiful large houseplant to enjoy through the fall and winter! Both of the Birds of Paradise pictured above are in the same size vessel. It's amazing how much growth happens in one season! Bringing a touch of the tropics into your home is easier than you may think. And don't go thinking that just because a plant is labelled as 'tropical' that you need to use it in tropical style décor. Plants are neutral and can add to any aesthetic.
10" Terra Cotta saucer $9.99
- Sunlight – Tropical plants need lots of light. This can be tricky in the winter months when the days are so short. Keeping your tropicals near a west or south-facing window is ideal.
- Pests – You want to be sure you aren’t bringing any unwanted visitors into your home. Most pests that live on plants have a very short life cycle. So, spraying your entire plant and planter pot with a dish detergent and water solution for the days leading up to the big move indoors should kill off any mites or mealy bugs. Also, it’s best to remove any yellowing or damaged leaves. No sense in giving these bugs more places to hide!
- Watering – After you’ve moved your plants inside, they won’t be under the hot sun all day. They will need significantly less water. Plants that were watered daily outside, can be simply watered once a week after being brought in.
- Drainage – Tropical plants don’t like wet roots. Make sure the pot you have them in has adequate drainage. If it doesn't, simply leave the plant in the growers pot, and place the whole thing inside the decorative pot.
1 Qt Olive tree $19.99 (Currently on sale for 30% off) | 8" Terra Cotta pot & saucer $9.99 & $4.99 | 4" Pickle plant $4.99 (Currently on sale for 30% off) | 4" Terra Cotta pot & saucer $2.99 & $2.99
Any premade planters you've bought throughout the spring or summer can also be given new life! The stunning mixed planters we all love come at a hefty cost, not to say they aren’t worth it, a lot of planning, product, labour, and TLC goes into creating them. For the most part, we enjoy them throughout the summer months and dispose of them when the weather cools in the fall. However, the large ‘thrillers’ in the center can usually be separated from the annuals and brought inside and enjoyed as a houseplant to bring life to your home throughout the cool winter season. If you’re wondering how this is done. Marlene demonstrates the process in the YouTube video below. Click on the link & be sure to save this and reference it in September when the temperature drops.
Trust me, I don’t love the idea of planning for winter. I want to relish all of the glorious sunny days ahead. But it does pay to be mindful in your plant purchasing and add some tropicals that will bring you joy through the wintertime as well.
6" Banana plant $19.99 (Currently on sale for 30% off) | 11" Crackle White all seasons pot $59.99 | Key lime tree $69.99 (Currently on sale for 30% off)
Citrus trees are an especially great investment. Anna’s currently has a selection of both Key Lime and Grapefruit trees that are perfect to bring along through the seasons. And in doing so, they will reward you with their tart and quenching fruit in the years to come. If you’re on the hunt for something fruit-bearing, we also have an assortment of pineapple and banana plants which, when mature will produce ripe fruit in the late summer/early fall.
6" Banana plant $19.99 (Currently on sale for 30% off) | 11" Crackle White all seasons pot $59.99
Not only are the fruit-bearing plants/trees beautiful and bountiful, but they are totally fun! They make for excellent conversation starters when company is over.
There are so many gorgeous sun loving plants that can add to our home’s esthetic throughout the winter; From mandevillas, olive trees, to tropical yuccas and more. If you’ve been humming and hawing on whether or not to buy more plants, I’d say there’s never been a better time than now! All plants are on sale for 30% off and many tropicals have been marked down even further to 50% off! With deals like this, and an entire summer to enjoy them outside – I’d be running to the garden center!
Can’t wait to see you there!