Top 10 Tropical Plants

With a sunny window and a little patience, you can grow tropical plants for your home.

If you’re a gardener who enjoys a challenge, it’s time to go tropical! Laurelynn and Byron Martin, co-owners of Logee’s Plants for Home & Garden in Danielson, Connecticut, and authors of the book Growing Tasty Tropical Plants, have been helping people grow oranges, lemons, dragon fruit and more in their homes for years.

You might think these fruits thrive only in mild, sunny climates. But with the increasing number of ornamentals and dwarf varieties on the market, it’s easier than ever to grow your favorite exotic fruit.

We’re profiling some of our top choices from Laurelynn and Byron’s book here, but you can pick up a copy for yourself for more ideas. With sunlight and the right container, you’ll have a whole new take on what a houseplant can be.

Star Fruit

(Averrhoa carambola)

With its five-pointed-star shape, this sweet fruit can grow up to 4 inches across and 7 inches long. In the tropics, trees grow up to 30 feet tall, and one has been known to feed an entire village. Indoors, they grow up to 5 feet with pruning.

Why we love it: The fruit’s shape alone is enough to make it a must-have. As a bonus, it’s loaded with good-for-you antioxidants and flavonoids.

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  1. Sherry says

    You should probably mention that once a banana sets fruit, the stalk dies; regular bananas will send up another shoot, but I don’t know about a miniature.

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