If you can't slip away to a tropical location whenever you want, why not bring the tropics to your own backyard? Most people are afraid of tropical plants because:
What you should know:
Many varieties of elephant ears and banana trees can be treated as perennials. Mulching is the key factor to your success. After the first frost, cut back just above the ground. Place 4-6" of mulch on and around the stump. When the ground warms up in the spring, simply pull the mulch back. Be patient. Tropicals love the heat and will begin to sprout mid to late May. When you start seeing sprouts, feed the plants and watch them grow.
For storing bulbs, begin after the first frost by cutting off the foliage just above the ground. Then dig the bulbs. Shake or wash off the dirt. Let the bulbs dry completely for 7-10 days. Store in a cool, dry place where they will not freeze. Suggested places are a basement, closet, garage, etc.
When planting season rolls around, soak the bulbs for 2-3 days in water before you plant. This will give them a head start!
start with a strong blast of water to wash them off and follow-up with garlic spray.
Mince 1 garlic bulb and mix with 1 cup vegetable oil. Pour into a glass jar with a tight lid. Keep refrigerated, steeping for 1-2 days. Strain out the solids, Return to refrigerator in clean glass jar with a tight lid.
Mix 1 tablespoon Garlic Tonic with 3 drops lemon dish liquid into quart water. Mix in blender or shake well in sprayer.
Mix well and pour into sprayer. Spray the plant being careful to spray the underside of the leaves.
the following recipe is effective because the peppermint cuts through the waxy shell on the beetles, the soap gets in and kills the beetle.
Mix well and spray.
Bring to a boil, let simmer 1/2 hour. Keep covered, steam will burn your eyes. let it cool. Strain the solids. Ready to use in sprayer. You will need to reapply after a rain.
Mix and spray. Preferrably not in the hot sun.
Following are perennials to mix and match for a tropical feel with minimal care.
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Garden Adventures Nursery
1900 W Mt Vernon St
Nixa, MO 65714
2.8 miles west of Highway 160 on Highway 14
Telephone: (417) 725-3223
Monday - Saturday: 8 am - 5 pm (All year)
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