Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Colorful Plants for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to delight that special someone in your life with more than cut flowers and candy. A live houseplant is a very personalized gift and will remind them of you long after Valentine's Day is over. Some plants to consider for Valentine's Day include African violets, azaleas, bromeliads, cyclamen, cineraria and kalanchoe. Most of these plants will do well in bright, indirect light.
African violet plants like a spot that has bright, indirect light. They prefer to be watered from the bottom, but will do okay if you water them carefully from the top.
Azalea plants do best in a slightly cooler spot, so once Valentine's Day is over, place them in a cool (about 65°) bright spot.
For a more tropical look, choose one of the bromeliads. Bromeliads are low-maintenance plants related to pineapples. They don’t need much water and are fairly easy to grow.
Cineraria plants are available in red and purple colors.
Cyclamen will tolerate lower light and cooler temperatures and like to be kept moist.
Kalanchoe will do well in the low humidity of most houses this time of year. They like to dry out a little between watering. Place them in a bright room, out of direct sunlight.
With a little care and some fertilizer, these houseplants will bloom for many weeks after Valentine's Day.

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