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How I’m Growing Tropical Houseplants in Arizona

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Everyone wants tropical houseplants, right? They’re gorgeous, can’t blame you.

Well, here’s to another week, everyone! Thank you so much again for stopping by! Your support means the world to me and I cannot thank you all enough!

But as a token of my appreciation, I think I’m going to be hosting a little bit of a giveaway here pretty soon. Who would be interested in entering to win rooted Variegated Syngonium (arrowhead plant) clippings?

More on that later though. If you don’t want to miss it, just enter your email below and I’ll send you it when it’s ready!


Cactus Wall
pic via @jungle_collective

Back to our regularly scheduled program.

So, what’s it like living in this super dry heat state and trying to grow tropical houseplants? It does definitely have its disadvantages, but I’m here to prove to you that it is absolutely possible.

Here is a quick list of some tropical houseplants that I’m currently growing, and that are thriving in my home.

Tropicals I have growing in my home:

  • Dieffenbachia (dumb cane)
  • Ficus (fiddle leaf fig, rubber tree, etc)
  • Syngoniums (arrowhead plants)
  • Philodendrons
  • Sansaveria (snake plant)
  • Dracaena
  • ZZ Plant
  • Monstera Deliciosa

Those are just the ones off the top of my head. I have many more than just those but I’ll save that list for another day.

So, how do I manage to accommodate these gorgeous plants to thrive in my home and promote growth frequently? It’s pretty easy actually. Here is what I pay attention to the most in my home in order to make sure they all stay happy and healthy.

String of Hearts
String of Hearts via @leafmealoene

Read my other article on houseplants that don’t require much sunlight!

Humidity

Humidity is such a huge factor in this honestly, maybe the biggest downside to living in Arizona. But I didn’t let that stop me now, did I. Inevitably I did end up buying a humidifier for my home, but I also went a very long time before that and still provided my plants enough humidity.

Some people recommend spritzing your plants with a spray bottle to provide humidity, but I’m just going to tell you that that method doesn’t hardly do anything for your plants. The “humidity” that brings to your plant lasts maybe 30 minutes at maximum. Not an effective method.

What I did though, was station all of my humidity-loving plants in my bathroom with me when I showered, because all of the heat and water would steam up the entire room very well and my plants absolutely adored it. Doing that every day or at least every other day goes so far with your plants and they will thank you for it very much.

Of course, when I did get my humidifier, it completely changed the game for me. No longer did I have to haul 15 massive plants to my bathroom. Not this guy.

One thing you have to be careful though when you get your humidifier is making sure that the humidity it provides actually stays in the room and doesn’t vent out. This can be so easily done by just leaving a door open for a few minutes at a time, you’ll see your room humidity percentage slowly go down, and you don’t want that.

I currently only own 1 humidifier so I have to quarantine my humidity as much as possible so it doesn’t escape and I’m just wasting my time with it.

Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern via @foliagelove_r

Lighting

For those of you who don’t know, Arizona is a very brightly lit state, at all times. Rarely ever do we get overcast days or some days we are completely without clouds altogether. So most often there is a sun constantly beating down on us at all times.

Normally, south and southwest facing windows indicate High Light areas. But for some regions in Arizona when you have that constant sun, your west facing windows can seem to produce those kinds of light levels. So you definitely need to be careful with choosing the location of your plants.

Luckily I have a roof going over the south side of my house as well as a wall so that direct sun isn’t so bad. It only lasts for the early 3-4 hours of the day and I’m actually able to keep many of my plants on that windowsill and it’s perfect for them.

Shout out to everyone else though in Arizona who is making do with these harsh lights and no treatment for it! Kudos to you.

Watermelon Peperomia
Watermelon Peperomia via @so0tie

Watering

I water my tropical houseplants way more often than normal because many of my plant pots dry out so much faster than others’ just because it really can get hot inside my home and the water evaporates pretty fast.

A normal care guide suggests a 6″ pot will dry out and need to be watered in about a weeks time, but mine dry out baren in about 3-4 days if they’re close to the windows. So because of that, of course, I do need to water more frequently.

As far as my plant food and fertilizer goes, I do not apply that frequently whatsoever. I keep on a pretty tight schedule of once every two weeks and I only ever do 1/4 of what the directions say for the amount to feed them because delicate roots can be burned by fertilizers super easily.

Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera Deliciosa via @deplantenbakker

Risk of ordering plants online

This is nearly impossible sometimes and just about any website I visit to order plants says that by sending them to Arizona they cannot promise the plants come safely or alive because temperatures soar over 100 F for 4 months of the year.

I’ve ordered succulents online before, they took about 6 days to get here and they came without any issues, perfectly healthy. The only other time I’ve ordered a plant was a Calathea Orbifolia, and it was dead and gone by the time it got here. The shipping time was only 3 days too. Maybe it was how the people packaged it that killed it off in that time, but I know the package sat outside of my house for 30 minutes prior to me getting it and I’ll never forgive myself for not being home then.

What’s done is done though, there is definitely a risk to ordering tropicals in the more warm months of the year. Since then I’ve stuck to visiting my nurseries and big box stores and trying to convince them to special order something for me that is rarely grown in this region.

Begonia Maculata
Begonia Maculata via @foliagelove_r

Thank you all again for joining in on another week! Like I said earlier I will be hosting a giveaway sometime in the month of May! If you don’t want to miss it just put your email in below and I’ll send you all of the info when it’s out!

Side note: I am also in the works of creating that Houseplant Care Course for you all! It’s getting nearly ready to publish for you all, just adding in the finishing touch-ups!

Stay connected with me on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram! Chat with me about plants!

Also, if you are growing any tropical houseplants in your home in these hotter areas, how is it working for you? Share your stories and advice in the comments!

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