Indoor Tropical Plants

Green, leafy houseplants bring the outdoors indoors - and that means healthy living, too. The palms, dracaenas and ferns you'll find in our garden centre are proven to reduce stress, remove pollutants from the air and increase oxygen levels.

Help them carry on the good work by creating the conditions they need to thrive. Most green houseplants prefer somewhere bright but out of direct sunlight, with steady temperatures and humid air.

Avoid putting houseplants by radiators or on windowsills where temperatures fall sharply on frosty nights. Try standing them on tables or stands, available in our garden centre, in a bright spot near a window.

Water sparingly, letting compost dry out between times, and mist leaves with a hand spray or stand plants in trays of damp gravel to raise humidity.

Add liquid feed every couple of weeks and wipe leaves with cotton wool soaked in tepid water to keep dust from blocking their pores. While you're at it, check for pests: fuzzy white tufts are a sign of mealybug, while red spider mite cause yellow mottling and fine webs. Spray with insecticidal soap to put things right again.

Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Co. Limerick for more information and advice about looking after your green houseplants.

A selection of Indoor Tropical Plants

  • Stingray Alocasia


    Alocasia is a genus of around seventy species, originating from tropical locations forests in Southeastern Asia and northern Australia. Unfortunately, not much is known about the Stingray Alocasia; some botanists believe that it is an interspecific hybrid, with others leaning towards the idea of it being an artificial cultivar.

    Alocasia 'Stingray' is a highly unusual form of elephant's ear that develops a leaf form with what looks like the wings and tail of a stingray! The leaves of this plant point upwards and outwards and the whip at the end of the tail very much resembles the marine animal.

    This plant likes moisture and light, but should be kept out of direct sunlight. It originates from Thailand where it inhabits the tropical rain forests of Asia. It therefore likes dappled light and warm temperatures, also high humidity.New leaves unfurl quickly once the plant is happy in its location. Can grow up to 1.8m tall if it's in a favourable location.

    A favourite of ours, we hope you enjoy them too!