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.


(Persea Americana)

If you want to grow these emerald beauties, avoid the temptation of starting your own from an avocado pit. While it’s a fun experiment, the plants hardly ever fruit. Instead, invest in a tree, which will grow to be 3 to 6 feet tall. The fruits need up to six months to ripen, so be patient!

Why we love it: It’s a handsome ornamental plant, with glossy leaves and attractive fruit. The Day cultivar is by far the easiest to grow in a small pot.

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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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