How to Grow Tropical Seeds in Colder Climates

Have you always wanted to grow lemons, pineapples and other tropical plants, but thought you couldn’t because you live in a cold climate? If so, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! With a little know-how and effort, you can grow tropical seeds no matter where you live. Here’s how:

Grow in the Summer

Even if you can’t grow tropical plants year-round, you can still enjoy them in the summer! What this means is that a tropical perennial can be grown as an annual during the summer, even in colder climates. You can also plant tropical plants in outdoor pots during the summer, then bring them indoors during the colder months to continue enjoying their color and beauty through the winter.

Insulate Plants

When you’re growing tropical plants in cold climates, it’s important to think ahead and make sure you’re prepared to insulate them before the cold weather hits. Here are a few ways you can insulate your plants:

  • Mound soil around the base of tropical trees/bushes.
  • Wrap bubble wrap around tropical plants.
  • Pull weeds and mulch away from the base of the plants to give the sun direct access to the soil.
  • Give tropical plants extra water in the days leading up to a freeze to help retain heat and prevent the plants from freezing

Always keep an eye on the weather and make sure you take steps to insulate your plants before cold weather hits.

Plant Indoors

Tropical plants can be grown year-round indoors, and they make excellent house plants. Just make sure you place them in an area that receives direct sunlight and is not too drafty during the cold winter months. You should also move the plants into larger pots as they grow, to make sure their roots have room to expand and support the growing plants.

Surprised to find that you can enjoy tropical plants even in a cold climate? Whether you choose to grow them indoors or outdoors as annuals, they will bring an exotic beauty to your property that local plants simply can’t imitate.