Zone 6 Perfect Tropical Guide

Zone 6 Perfect Tropical Guide

May 24, 2018

Zone 6 Perfect Tropical Guide

It’s easy to feel a little hesitant about purchasing a tropical plant like a Hibiscus or Mandevilla when you realize it will not survive a frost in our zone.
Why spend the money for something that won’t continue to thrive in your landscape year after year?

Here’s why:

They will be an absolute showstopper for you all summer long! Hardy trees, shrubs, and perennials are great in the sense that they return every year, but they really only put on a show of blooms for a limited amount of time once a year. Tropicals, on the other hand, will bloom continuously with proper care all throughout the summer.

 

Zone 6 Perfect Tropical Guide

Hibiscus:

-There are very few annual flowers out there that will produce the abundance and size of blooms as a hibiscus.

-Hibiscus prefers full sun

-Heavy drinker and needs to be checked often for water

-Be sure to deadhead old blooms frequently to keep your hibiscus blooming

Zone 6 Perfect Tropical GuideMandevilla:

-If you are looking for a climber for your landscape or an excellent centerpiece or backdrop for your containers, mandevillas are the way to go.

-All these tropicals will provide you a lush, southern feel that cannot be matched.

-Mandevilla prefers full sun

-Require little water and prefer to stay on the dry side.

Zone 6 Perfect Tropical GuideGardenia:

-Nothing can match that sweet scent of a gardenia. Guests will catch a breeze of gardenia on their way in the door if you place one on your porch.

-Prefer a little more protection and filtered light

-Heavy drinker and needs to be checked often for water


Fertilizing Tropicals:

Regular fertilizing with an all-purpose, balanced fertilizer will help your foliage to stay healthy and green and your blooms to continue putting on a show.

Tropicals Indoors:

If you have a warm place in your home with plenty of bright light- it is possible to overwinter a blooming tropical indoors in the winter. While they may not thrive indoors (and may lose a lot of their leaves) they will make a speedy recovery the following summer when they are placed back in the sun outdoors. It’s best to wait until temperatures are consistently staying above 50° and gradually transitioning them outdoors helps reduce shock.

So go ahead, splurge a little and reap the rewards all summer long. You will not be disappointed!

Article written by

Abby Byrd,
Greenhouse Coordinator

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