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Jamaican tropical flowers

Updated November 21, 2016

Jamaican flowers are suitable to many warm, tropical environments. Home gardeners can grow sun-loving tropical flowers indoors under the right conditions. With the right care and treatment, Jamaican tropical flowers may even be grown outside during parts of the year. The flowers of Jamaica grow best in warm climates that pose no danger of frost or snow.

Anthuriums

Anthuriums grow wild in Jamaica, appearing in shaded, moist locations. The heart-shaped blossoms grow in shades of red and white. Anthuriums are not likely to survive if kept in temperatures below 10 degrees C for too long; optimally, these flowers should be grown between 17.7 to 20.5 degrees C. Anthurium likes moist conditions and humidity. Prolonged, directed sunlight may dry out the plant; provide filtered light if possible.

Orchids

Orchids grow in almost every colour of the rainbow in Jamaica, which provides the warm climate the flower needs. Many home gardeners grow orchids indoors in clay pots, moving the flowers outside only in summer. Orchids do not have a lot of tolerance for salt, and they do not normally grow near coastlines, where salt water and air prevent healthy conditions. Grow orchids in bright sunlight, in temperatures above 10 degrees C. Orchids are highly tolerant of heat, though the flowers will show signs of wilting and burning if they are exposed to temperatures above 43.3 degrees C for more than two hours at a time.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a common sight in Jamaica. The flowers bloom in shades of red, pink, yellow and white. One variety of hibiscus is known as Jamaican sorrel and is a shrublike plant that grows 4 to 7 feet tall and wide. The flowers bloom in October. Hibiscus is found in tropical environments all over the world. Grow hibiscus flowers in full sunlight and water regularly to keep them healthy.

Lignum Vitae

The Lignum vitae is the national flower of Jamaica, though it can be found growing wild in coastal areas of the United States as well. Jamaica credits explorer Christopher Columbus with discovering the lignum vitae, whose name means "wood for life." In Jamaica, the lignum vitae grows near woodlands. The plant resembles a small tree with blue blossoms.

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