Rainforest buds

I have a vacation home that I visit three or four times a year. It is in a tropical rainforest that gets lots of sunshine and rain year-round. Is this a good climate for growing a few plants with little care?
Doris,
New York City

It may be, but the plants face several hurdles between the time they are planted and harvest.

Rain may spell disaster in the form of molds and infections. If there is rain in the morning followed by bright sunshine, he buds will dry out before nightfall. However, late rains or rains followed by humid cloudiness is not so benign. Humidity can also result in molds. These problems are most likely to occur on land that is shaded in the afternoon.

Animals are another problem. A fair amount of plants are lost to insects, rodents and other small animals. This can happen at any time, but preventative measures can be taken to protect the garden.

The third problem may be the most daunting: humans with and without badges. It’s said that people walk every trail in Puerto Rico daily. Hiding your garden from biped predators will most likely be a problem. The fact that you don’t plan to be around most of the time exacerbates the situation.

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