Plants and Zones

Here's a list of 12 plant varieties and their ideal situation for specific zones.

red hot anthurium is a tropical houseplant

Anthurium andraeanum 'Red Hot' or Flamingo Flower is a great option for a houseplant.

Red Hot Anthurium

  • Tropical houseplant or annual with shiny green leaves and showy red bracts with a single tubular white flower.
  • Plant in average to moist soil.
  • Height: 18 inches
  • Width: 18 inches
  • Hardy in USDA zones 10-11

Zones 2-9: Plant or move outdoors in spring after night temperatures are above 60 degrees; grow in light to medium shade; fertilize regularly; move indoors when nights become too cool.

Zones 10-11: Plant in spring; plant in light to medium shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells, especially in winter; evergreen.

Tangerine Tree

tangerine tree is known for sweet juicy fruit

Citrus reticulate 'Dancy' or Tangerine Tree has juicy fruit that tolerates heat very well.

  • Tangerine tree known for its sweet, juicy, seedless fruit.
  • Good heat tolerance; water when dry; harvest when fruit is sweet.
  • Plant in full sun.
  • Plant in rich organic but well drained soil with ample mulch.
  • Fertilize monthly from late winter through late summer.
  • Height: 15-20 feet
  • Width: 15-20 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 8-11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; water when dry.

Honeybell Tree

tangelo or honeybell tree has a sweet juicy fruit

Mineola Tangelo or "Honeybell" Tree has a tart and sweet taste to it.

  • Hybrid, citrus tree combines the delicate, tart taste of juicy grapefruit with the sweetness of tangerine.
  • Grown primarily in the Indian River area of Florida, there are very few of these hybrid trees, making the fruit quite rare.
  • Called a "Honeybell" because of the shape.
  • Fruit is juicy, sweet and as easy to peel as a banana.
  • Bears fruit from late January to May.
  • Height 10-15 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 8-11 Plant in well-drained soil. Test soil for good drainage. Water when dry.

It has delicious medium thick skin that is rich and flavorful, very aromatic and extremely juicy reddish orange flesh. The Dwarf shrubs grow 6'-8', and the Standard trees grow 15' by 10'.

Red Sister Ti Plant

red sister or ti plant known for fragrant flowers

Anthurium andraeanum 'Red Hot' or Flamingo Flower is a great option for a houseplant.

  • Tropical evergreen shrub known for its reddish palmate leaves and red or yellow fragrant panicles of flowers on mature plants.
  • Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; do not allow soil to dry completely.
  • Prefers warm temperatures from 60-85 degrees and high humidity.
  • Fertilize monthly during growing season.
  • Plant in light to partial shade.
  • Height: 2-4 feet
  • Width: 2-3 feet
  • Patio or Houseplant in zones 2-9
  • Hardy in USDA zones 10-11

Zones 2-9: Container grow plant and keep indoors or in heated greenhouse; move outside when temperatures remain above 60 degrees; place by bright window with high humidity or mist daily during cold weather.

Zone 10: Plant in spring in light shade protected from hot sun; mulch to conserve moisture; do not allow soil to dry completely; water moderately during winter months; prune in early spring, if needed.

Zone 11: Plant in spring in partial shade protected from hot sun; mulch to conserve moisture; do not allow soil to dry completely; water moderately during winter months; prune in early spring, if needed.

Golden Dewdrop

Gold Mound or Golden Dewdrop is a sprawling plant

Duranta erecta 'Gold Mound' or Golden Dewdrop contains bright golden berries.

  • Tender, sprawling evergreen shrub known for its bluish-purple tubular flowers and bright golden berries.
  • Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; do not allow soil to dry completely.
  • Fertilize monthly during growing season.
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade.
  • Height: 10-15 feet
  • Width: 8-10 feet
  • Patio or Houseplant in zones 2-7
  • Hardy in USDA zones (8) 9-11

Zones 2-7: Container grow plant and keep indoors or in heated greenhouse; move outside when temperatures remain above 55 degrees; place by bright window with high humidity or mist daily during cold weather.

Zones 8: Plant outdoors in spring; plant in full sun; keep moist during the growing season and fertilize regularly; mulch heavily in fall; may die back to the ground in winter and re-sprout in the spring.

Zones 9-11: Plant in spring in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; do not allow soil to dry completely; water moderately during winter months; prune in early spring, if needed.

Poinsettia

Poinsettia are holiday favorites but poisonous

Euphorbia pulcherrima or Poinsettia is grown as an annual houseplant.

Gardener's Note: To have the showy bracts during the Holidays, starting around the beginning of October, the plant must receive 14 hours of total darkness/10 hours of bright light daily.

  • Tropical shrub grown as an annual houseplant in colder zones for its showy bracts of red, cream, white and yellow.
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade.
  • Plant in rich but well-drained soil.
    All parts of the plant are poisonous and the milky sap can be irritating.
  • Height: 10-12 feet
  • Width: 5-6 feet — but much smaller when grown as an annual.
  • Hardy in USDA zones: 9-11

Zones 2-8: Grow indoors as a houseplant in a bright sunny window; water when dry; fertilize in summer; prune back in spring and summer; give 14/10 hours of dark/light for bracts to appear during the Holidays.

Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; fertilize regularly; mulch in fall.

Zones 10-11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; plant in well-drained soil; fertilize regularly; mulch in fall.

Xanadu Philodendron

xanadu philodendron is known for its bold foliage

Philodendron 'Xanadu'' or Xanadu Philodendron requires protection from the hot sun.

  • Tender evergreen shrub grown for its bold foliage.
  • Plant in average to rich, moist garden soil that is well-drained.
  • Plant in light to partial shade with protection from hot afternoon sun.
  • Height: 3-4 feet
  • Width: 3-4 feet
  • Annual in zones 2-8
  • Hardy in USDA zones 9-11

Zones 2-8: Grow as a houseplant in a well-lit window; water when dry; fertilize seasonally.

Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water when dry; fertilize in spring; remove old foliage in spring.

Mexican Petunia

mexican petunia can be invasive in some areas

Ruellia brittoniana or Mexican Petunia is a tender perennial that has light pink flowers in the summer.

Note: This is plant has been labeled an invasive species in some states.

  • Upright tender perennial with narrow leaves and light pink flowers in summer.
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade; invasive weed in warmer climates.
  • Plant in moist well-drained soil.
  • Height: 3-4 feet
  • Width: 3-4 feet
  • Grown as an annual in zones 2-7
  • Hardy in USDA zones 8-11

Zones 2-7: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; remove after first killing frost.

Zones 8-11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; prune back in late winter; deadhead to prevent seeding.

Taiwan Dwarf Ixora

Taiwan Dwarf Ixora has oblong, glossy leaves

Ixora taiwanensis 'Taiwan Dwarf' or Taiwan Dwarf Ixora can grow up to three feet tall.

  • Shrub with oblong, glossy leaves and cymes of yellow, orange, pink or red flowers from spring to autumn.
  • Plant in rich, moist, but well-drained soil.
  • Prefers warm temperatures from 65-85 degrees and high humidity.
  • Water frequently during growing season, but sparingly in winter.
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade.
  • Height: 3 feet
  • Width: 3 feet
  • Patio or Houseplant in zones 2-8
  • Hardy in USDA zones 9-11

Zones 2-8: Container grow plant and keep indoors or in heated greenhouse; move outside when temperatures remain above 70 degrees; place by bright window with high humidity during cold weather.

Zones 9-11: Plant in spring in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; water frequently during growing season and lightly during winter months.

Brilliant Yellow Hibiscus

brilliant yellow hibiscus is a tropical evergreen

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis or Brilliant Yellow Hibiscus has leathery foliage.

  • Tropical evergreen shrub; dark green leathery foliage and large yellow flowers.
  • Plant in full sun to light shade.
  • Plant in average to moist soil; water when dry; fertilize monthly during growing season.
  • Height: 7-15 feet
  • Width: 6-8 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones (8) 9-11

Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch especially in fall; may be marginally hardy in this zone and die back to the ground during a frost.

Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch to conserve moisture.

Tropical Hibiscus Tree

tropical hibiscus tree has large pink flowers

Hibiscus 'Anderson Crepe' or Tropical Hibiscus Tree needs protection from the afternoon sun.

  • Tropical evergreen tree-form plant with dark green leathery foliage and large pink flowers.
  • Plant in morning sun with protection from the afternoon sun.
  • Plant in average to moist soil; water when dry; fertilize monthly during growing season.
  • Height: 7-15 feet
  • Width: 6-8 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones 10-11

Zones 2-9: Grow as a container plant outdoors when temperatures are above 55 degrees; water when dry and feed monthly during the growing season; bring indoors and place in a bright window in colder weather.

Zones 10-11: Plant in spring; plant in morning sun/afternoon shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch to conserve moisture.

President Red Hibiscus

president red hibiscus is tropical with red blooms

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'President Red' or President Red Hibiscus contains bright red flowers.

  • Tropical evergreen shrub; dark green leathery foliage and large red flowers.
  • Plant in full sun to light shade.
  • Plant in average to moist soil; water when dry; fertilize monthly during growing season.
  • Height: 7-15 feet
  • Width: 6-8 feet
  • Hardy in USDA zones (8) 9-11

Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch especially in fall; may be marginally hardy in this zone and die back to the ground during a frost.

Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch to conserve moisture.

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