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Jul 13

Video: How to Create a Poolside Paradise

Turn your pool area into a tropical paradise! Watch our friend and plant hobbyist Macie add two of our favorite tropical plants - the Majesty Palm and the Banana Tree - to her pool area, adding a lush, tropical look.

You'll learn:

  • How to plant and care for Majesty Palms and Banana Trees
  • Planting tropical plants in your growing zone
  • Water and light requirements
  • The best spots for your Majesty Palm and Banana Tree

Watch the video above, and scroll down for the full transcript!

Plant hobbyist Macie shows you how to transform a pool area into a tropical paradise with the Majesty Palm and Banana Tree

The Majesty Palm's tropical fronds make a perfect poolside accent

The large leaves of the Banana Tree stand out against any background

Full Transcript: How to Create a Poolside Paradise

Tropical trees are the best way to add an exotic feel to any homescape. Today, we're going to transform this backyard pool into a pool paradise with the help of some of my favorites - the Banana Tree and the Majesty Palm. You'll learn how to pot them, where to place them around your home and patio, and care tips for happy healthy trees.

As always, my name is Macie, and this is Potting and Planting with FastGrowingTrees.com.

The Banana Tree is the perfect companion for any backyard pool that needs that exotic touch. Its large leaves grow up to four feet long, and the tree itself can reach heights of 10 feet or more. And while banana trees are best used as tropical ornamental trees in most areas, they may produce fruit in the right conditions.

If you're searching for a tree that instantly brings tropical vibes to any environment, look no further than the Majesty Palm tree. This fast grower stays relatively compact, with widths of up to three to four feet, but can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet, depending on whether you're growing indoors or out.

Now, i know what you're thinking - Macie, i just don't know if tropical plants can thrive in my home's environment. That's why FastGrowingTrees.com makes it easy, by detecting your growing zone and showing plants that thrive best in your area.

I'll be potting my Banana Tree, so in the winter I can easily transfer it inside out of the cold. When potting your Banana Tree, it's best to use a citrus or a cactus potting soil, and a pot that is equipped with a drainage hole and is one to two sizes larger than the pot that it's currently in.

As always, if you have any specific questions about whether or not a Banan Tree can thrive outdoors in your growing zone or you want detailed instructions on how to pot your Banana Tree, visit FastGrowingTrees.com.

This is the Majesty Palm tree -I absolutely love this tree and it's perfect for beginners, because FastGrowingTrees.com has taken care of all of the hard work, so it's ready to thrive in your home.

When you receive this tree, you don't need to immediately repot it - these trees like smaller pots and even thrive when they're a little rootbound, so repotting it is only necessary when it outgrows the pot that it arrives in. A good indicator of this is when the roots begin to emerge from the bottom of the pot. Typically, you can expect to repot every other year. When it comes time to repot your Majesty Palm, simply follow the same steps as you would with a Banana Tree, with a pot that is two inches larger than what the tree is currently in.

There's something about tropical plants and trees that just brings new life to a pool's atmosphere. It's always important to place your plants in a spot where they will thrive - not just look visually pleasing.

Banana Trees love sunlight - they need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight a day. Majesty Palm trees, on the other hand, can tolerate some shade, since they've adapted to live indoors. They'll be happiest in an area with full to partial sun.

It's important to maintain your plants so they continue to thrive in your home. Water your Banana Tree two to three times per week, or more often in dry conditions. If leaves are yellowing, it may be a sign that you're over-watering. Brown leaves can be a sign of not watering enough.

The Majesty Palm also prefers moist, humid conditions, If you're unsure of when to water your Majesty Palm, check the soil. If it's dry about two inches down, it's time to water. If your Majesty Palm is indoors, mist it regularly in addition to watering to simulate a humid tropical environment.

Well, that's all for today's episode of Potting and Planting! Let us know in the comments what your favorite tropical plant is, and be sure to subscribe for more potting and planting videos just like this.

Ryon Hinson

Ryon is the Senior Creative Manager at FastGrowingTrees.com. He tries to show every tree and plant he captures in their best light, so viewers can create a garden they love.