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Mokara orchid is a hybrid of Ascocentrum, Arachnis and Vanda orchids and was first grown in 1969 in Singapore. Mokara orchid is among those orchid types which are very easy to grow and once these orchids are grown with care, they produce beautiful and exotic-looking blooms. If you are also interested in growing Mokara orchids in your home then this post is going to be proved very helpful for you because this post contains the basic tips for growing Mokara orchids.

Choosing Mokara Orchids: Before purchasing a Mokara orchid for growing, make sure that you have carefully noticed its leaves and roots. Roots of Mokara orchid should be healthy and plump without having withered tips. As far as leaves are concerned, they should be green and strong. These two features indicate that a Mokara orchid is healthy enough to be grown in your home.

Location: Mokara orchids are mostly grown indoors so place the pot containing Mokara orchids in an east-facing window so that it can receive full sunlight in morning. Orchids have a heavy top so you can place a few river rocks around the base of pot to prevent your orchid from leaning over.

Watering: Mokara orchids should be watered in morning. While watering, you are required to ensure that you are running room temperature water through the potting mix for quite a few minutes. Yes, Mokara orchids should be watered in this manner. During hot weather, water Mokara orchids several times a week. Another thing you need to keep in mind is that your Mokara orchid should never stand in water as it is harmful for their growth.

Fertilizing: After watering thoroughly, fertilize orchids with 50% dilution of 30-10-10 orchid fertilizer. Fertilize after every four days in their growing season that starts in spring and ends in fall but during winter, Mokara orchids need to be fertilized only once a month.

Air Circulation: After setting a fan at Low, place it in the room containing Mokara orchids as good air circulation and humidity helps Mokara orchids in tolerating high temperatures.

That was all about growing Mokara orchids. These tips are proven and quite reliable to grow Mokara orchids so follow these with full faith and have beautiful Mokara orchids in your home.

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Tropical plants require a lot of water so they are mostly found in those areas where it rains heavily. These plants are so beautiful that gardeners love to grow these in their home gardens. But the difficulty arises when it comes to identify these plants. Most of the amateur gardeners don’t know how to distinguish these plants from other types of plants. Here I am going to give some information that will help you in identifying tropical plants.

Fragrance

Fragrance is the most important factor that helps you to identify tropical plants. A tropical plant named dwarf ylang is a small tree and requires indirect sunlight to grow well. Its produces green blooms which become yellow during summer and spring season. This tropical plant has a strong fragrance which becomes its recognition. Its fragrance is so strong that it is often used in making perfumes.

Large Leaves

If you are finding it difficult to identify tropical plants, notice size of leaves as leaves of tropical plants are not only the greenest but also largest. Canna is a tropical plant whose leaves have a shape like bananas and they can grow up to a width of 20 inches. Similarly, macaranga grandifolia is another tropical plant having gigantic leaves which can grow up to two feet wide.

Greener Leaves

See the leaves of tropical plants. You will find them greener as compared to the leaves of other plants. Swiss cheese vine is a tropical plant having dark green leaves. This plant requires shade and warm temperature to grow because direct sunlight can burn this plant. Leaves of this plant can grow up to five feet tall and broad.

Large Flowers

To identify tropical plants, seek large flowers because numerous tropical plants boast big flowers. African tulip tree is an example of such tropical plants which have large flowers having shape like that of cups. These flowers are especially loved by hummingbirds and insects because of their nectar. Flowers of African tulip are beautiful and have red and orange color. This tree can grow up to a height of 40 feet and needs damp soil and direct sunlight for their growth.

Fruits

Tropical plants often produce fruits. Marang is a tropical plant that produces fruits. It grows best in greenhouses having high humidity and indirect sunlight. Black pepper vine is also among those tropical plants that produce fruits. This particular plant produces fruits like black pepper, white pepper and green pepper. Other examples of such plants include bilimbi and randia Formosa. Fruit of bilimbi plant is identical to a cucumber that’s why it is also called small cucumber tree. Randia Formosa produces yellow fruits having a taste identical to that of blackberries.

These were some factors which can make it easy for you to identify a tropical plant. Before growing tropical plants, you can recognize them keeping in mind the above mentioned points.

Perennial sunflowers, which are mostly grown in vegetable gardens, are more refined and popular than annual sunflowers because they have finer leaves and smaller flowers. There are some kinds of perennial sunflowers which can grow up very tall. I have also grown some of perennial sunflowers in my garden and I suggest you to do the same because these flowers are not only beautiful but also attract butterflies and birds. Here I have made a list of perennial sunflowers from which you can choose one to grow in your garden.

Thin-Leaved Sunflowers

Thin-leaved sunflowers can grow up to five feet tall provided that they are planted in full sun or partial shade. They are quite popular among growers because they are adaptable to different soil and light conditions. Having bright yellow color with a greenish central cone, these sunflowers are long lasting when used as cut flowers. This plant produces more flowers when it is properly deadheaded. Best growing season for these sunflowers is late summer or early fall as they are at their peak at these times of year.

Maximilian’s Sunflowers

This type of perennial sunflowers is the tallest among perennial sunflowers as it can grow up to six to seven feet tall. Its height can vary depending upon soil conditions and humidity. These plants produce bright yellow flowers from mid summer to late summer.

Swamp Sunflowers

Having yellow flowers with dark centers, these flowers are native to East Coast. Their best attribute is that they can tolerate damp soil conditions which other plants can’t. Its blooming season starts from late August and continues until October. These plants can also grow up to seven feet tall.

Flore-Pleno

This plant produces golden-yellow flowers all summer and can grow up to a height of four to five feet. These sunflower plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds and due to this quality, I have also grown these in my home garden. Flore-pleno is resistant to pests and diseases and requires partial shade to grow well.

Woodland Sunflowers

Like swamp sunflowers, these are also native to East Coast. These sunflowers naturally grow in wooded areas having clear-yellow flowers and stiff leaves which are like sandpaper. These sunflowers are a good choice for those gardens which have partially shaded locations.

Sunflowers are beautiful creature of God which adds colors and beauty to a garden so consider growing any of the above perennial sunflowers to beautify your garden.