Growing exotic plants is easier than you may think, and they're great conversation starters, too. Because many exotic plants are tender plants that don't handle the cold, they are grown in containers. Exotic plants, like the banana tree, can be grown in a patio pot and set outside during the warm months and then brought indoors during the cold months. The Black Magic Elephant Ear can also be grown in a patio pot—or it can be grown in the ground during the warm months and then lifted, or dug up, in the fall and brought indoors where it will be protected from the cold weather. When choosing exotic plants to buy online, take into account their growing conditions and space requirements.