The Tropical Greenhouse at the South Bay Botanic Garden showcases plants that grow in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. They like warm temperatures and higher humidity and generally cannot survive temperatures that persist under 50 degrees. Our plants grow around a waterfall and disappearing stream. In addition, an overhead mist system comes on as needed to provide extra humidity.
Tropical plants can be easily grown outdoors in the San Diego area. They do need some protection against cold nights and hot, drying Santa Ana winds. Homes located near the coast have better luck growing many of the tropical plants than do homes located inland.
There are over 50 different tropical plants growing in the tropical house. Click here for a guide to these plants.
Here is a great video of the Tropical House presented and filmed by the Girl Scout Troop 5567. Great job young ladies!