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Tropical Plants For Medium To High Light

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This week we are going to delve into various tropical plants for medium to high light.

Remember that these lighting conditions can be achieved either by natural light or by grow lights.

So, just because you don’t have a sunny window or greenhouse doesn’t necessarly limit your choices if you are willing to make a few minor adjustments.

Let’s begin.


Brassaia actinophylla

This plant is commonly known as a Schefflera or Umbrella Tree.

They are most commonly found in commercial settings because of their fast growth rate and easy care.

This particular breed has rather large leaves that may grow up to a foot across, and spreads out easily.

They like bright light, but prefer it to be indirect.

They prefer to be let go dry before they are watered and definately don’t let this one sit in water.

You will notice leaf drop if it becomes too wet.

Temptures may range from 50 to 55 degrees at night and they like it between 60 to 65 degrees during the day.

Stem cuttings will root easily, however if your plant gets too little light it will become weak and spindly looking.


Brassaia arboricola

This is the dwarf or miniature Schefflera or Umbrella Tree.

Also known as Heptapleurum arboricola, this plant can reach up to 6 feet both in height and diameter!

This variety can also be found with yellow variegated leaves.

The care instructions are the same as for the full size plant above.


Crassula argentea

Here is a plant known by a variety of common names: Airplane-Plant, Baby Jade, Jade, Moss Crassula, Rattail Crassula, Rattlesnake, Scarlet-Paintbrush, and Silver-Jade to name a few.

This is a widely diverse plant known by its unusual and varied leaf forms.

Succulents require a few basic things: fast-draining, porous soil, good air circulation, plenty of sunlight and water.

Of course, if you intend for yours to bloom for the next season, they must have a cool, dry enviroment during the winter months.

This is a great houseplant for beginners!

Ficus alii 

This Ficus is one of the better ones to have if you move alot, because it can tolerate being moved better than some of the other varieties.

It has a bamboo-like appearance with long, narrow, pointed leaves.

Figs like light, rich soil, to be kept moist and receive frequent feedings.

They dislike cold drafts and dry heat.

Propogate Ficus alii by stem cuttings.

If the leafs begin to drop, move it into an area with more light.

Ficus benjamina 

Ficus benjamina another member of the Fig family.

Ficus benjamina is a favorite for containers because of its birch-like bark and graceful, arching brances loaded with shiny leaves.

It is also available in variegated forms that include leaves speckled or sploched with white or yellow.

However once this plant is happy, it is best to leave it where it is.

If you move this variety, it is sure to lose its leaves, but they will regrow with time.

Follow the care instructions for Ficus alii.


Ficus lyrata 

This is the Fiddleleaf Fig and it is an ideal tropical plant for medium to high light.

It can grow up to 10 feet tall.

The large leaves has made this a very popular plant in recent years.

Follow the care instructions for the Ficus alii.

Other Options For Tropical Plants For Medium To High Light

These are just a few of the options available for medium to high light tropical plants.

I know if you look around at your favorite nursery, florist, discount or garden center you will find a large variety of plants that you will successfully be able to grow in your particular conditions.

If not, a few minor adjustments such as a humidifier, grow lights, or adjusting your heat and you should be well on your way to growing some happy tropical plants.

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