Fabulous Tropical Plants at McArdle's!

Tropical Plants for the Home, Office, Gifting, & More:

Hello again, friends! Today I want to take you on a tour of our showrooms, and show you some of the gorgeous tropical plants we have on offer. Summer offers us the chance to fill our greenhouse with unusual varieties of plants. The warm weather gives us access to unusual orchids, colorful bromeliads, and foliage plants o'plenty. Plus, so many of these plants make wonderful house plants. In nature, many of these plants grow under the jungle canopy. So, they don't need direct sun, and thrive in our warm houses. Without further ado, let's jump into the fun facts about each variety.

Bromeliads:

Though these plants may look fantastical, they're more familiar than you may realize. If you love pineapple, then you already love bromeliads. Pineapples grow from crowns of leaves similar to these, which is to say they're bromeliads too. In nature, these plants catch water in the cups formed by their leaves. This process helps them to regulate their water consumption, and stay well watered even if the rain isn't consistent. The largest bromeliads also play host to some species of frogs, who lay their eggs in the little pools within the leaves. These tropical plants offer wonderful color and exciting shapes that last and last. That colorful part you see at the top is not actually a flower, just resplendent foliage. So, where a flower would eventually fade, these plants keep their color.

Lady Slipper Orchids:

Most of you reading this have probably seen our typical orchids, Phalaenopsis. They're the orchids with big, moth shaped blooms that you've probably seen in your friends' home and shops around Greenwich. However, orchids come in so many fabulous forms, that I want to highlight a more unusual bloom. Lady Slippers put up a single bloom, a hooded cup shaped flower that looks almost alien. However, in spite of their alien looks, these are called "terrestrial orchids," because, unlike Phalaenopsis, they grow in soil. I've seen them bloom in green, mauve, and white, but I'm sure there are others out there. The blooms don't have quite the lifespan of Phalaenopsis, but they more than make up for the brevity with their unique looks.

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