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.

Dwarf Pomegranate

(Punica granatum)

Nana is the cultivar you’re going to want to buy. Most pomegranates need winter dormancy with chilling temperatures to promote bud formation, but this one doesn’t, making it a prime choice for indoor culture. It grows 1 to 3 feet in a pot, so it’s small enough to put on a large windowsill. The tart, 1- to 2-inch fruits ripen from green to red.

Why we love it: It’ll tolerate dry soil and air, so you don’t have to worry about watering it all the time, though you shouldn’t let it wilt. The size makes it ideal for small spaces.

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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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