Tropical plants that inspire

At Momoco Bikini, we can't think of one thing that has inspired us more than tropical plants. We've had two collections inspired by mother nature's most beautiful & exotic foliage: using elements of the tropical jungle and it's leaves to create a luscious, ecological swimwear print begging to be taken on holiday someplace far, far away.

With the help of some beautiful vintage botanical drawings, we've made a short list of our favourite tropical plants along with some handy hints on how to best look after them in the home.

 

 

Il classico: "Cocos Nucifera"

 

 

 

Call this tree the “Coconut Creator". It's the plant that we have to thank for being able to slurp a pina colada in the Caribbean breeze. With beautiful hard leaves & a long but thick base, it produces oil and milk which are both commonly used in cooking and frying. Coconut oil is also widely used in ethical or sustainable soaps and cosmetics.


 

 

Growing in the house:
 

Unless you live in a tropical area, coconut plants aren't ideal for the house as it’s very difficult to recreate the exact needs the coconut palm tree has: very moist, very sunny & warm. Our guess is that if that’s the natural environment you live in, you probably already have loads of coconut tree’s in your backyard :)

 

You might have seen them already - beautifully sprung coconuts with some gorgeous, promising leaves.

But don’t fall for the trap, unless you’re sure you have all the above mentioned environmental factors, this baby will not grow and could possibly give up after a few months. 

 

 

 

 

 

The banana plant

 

  

 

It’s leaves are large, flexible, and waterproof with luscious looking green tones, and are often used as ecologically friendly disposable food containers or as "plates".

 

They're also responsible for creating bright yellow edible berries called bananas, plantains or platanos.

 

Did you know that an ancient Japanese tradition exists to make textile from the leaves? We've also found an amazing entrepreneur in California making eco-friendly & ethical paper from banana fiber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Growing in the house:
Good news: this plant makes an excellent house plant when watered enough. If you purchase an indoor banana plant, it will most likely be a Musa Oriana, although keep in mind that there are some varieties that don’t produce edible fruits (Musa Basjoo). You might want to double check this before purchasing one  - or before planning next Sundays homegrown fruit salad breaky!

 

Soil: maintain a very moist & nutritious soil. PH level 5.5-7

 

Sunlight: they need 12h of sunlight a day, so if you can't give them that, make sure they have the next available option.

 

Water: an indoor banana plant needs more water than an outdoor one. Make sure it’s never drained and let the soil dry in between waterings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird of Paradise/ Strelitzia De La Reine

 

 

 

With it's amazing name, this plant deserves an honourable mention on the list. The flowers, also known as crane flowers, are one of the most beautiful exotic flowers there are. The blue & orange, or deep purple, petals are the perfect sustainable, pop of color for your interior. It blooms several times a year and is actually surprisingly easy to take care of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Growing in the house:


Even when not blooming, the dark green leaves will give that look fantastic to your interior.

Soil: Rich pot mix for this gorgeous plant. Tip: you can add coco coir brick for extra boost

Sunlight: As for most tropical plants, the more the better. More natural sunlight will stimulate extensive foliage & flower growth. If the light only comes from one side, make sure to turn it around once in a while to allow the plant to grow evenly.
 

Water: It will need a regular water, keeping the soil slightly moist. In colder & darker months, make sure to let the soil dry out completely before watering again. As the air in a house tends to be a bit too dry, you can mist the plant a couple of times a month to give it an extra boost.

 

 

 

 

Has this made your green fingers tingle with an urge to start growing plants in your house?
Share your plant tips & tricks with us!

 

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