Thursday, January 12, 2017

Houseplants: the remedy for the winter blues


It's great to be looking at seed catalogs and planning for this year's garden, but nothing helps the winter blues more than bringing a living plant into the house. Houseplants brighten the indoors and when spring comes, they can add instant beauty to your patio and yard.  You can be successful with most houseplants if you give them the right light and pay attention to how you water them.
For example, Cineraria likes to have bright indirect light indoors. Water thoroughly when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.
African Violets will bloom almost continuously if you keep them in a warm, well-lit spot and water from the bottom. 
The Lipstick plant is an easy to grow houseplant with flashy red flowers. They'll do well in medium light conditions. 
Jasmine like bright light and evenly moist soil. It's best to keep the soil evenly moist. Jasmine is a favorite houseplant because it is very fragrant.
The Zebra plant gets its name from the zebra-like stripes along its dark green leaves. A Zebra plant needs bright, indirect light and moist soils. Zebra plants bloom with striking yellow flowers.
As a group, Bromeliads are excellent houseplants. They are tolerant of low light, can be watered from overhead in their central cups and feature beautiful flowers and foliage.
Crotons are also grown for their bright, multi-colored foliage. They want warm temperatures, lots of bright light and moist soils.
Many people shy away from orchids because they have a reputation for being finicky. In reality, orchids make extraordinary houseplants. If you're new to growing orchids, start out with a Phalaenopsis, also know an a moth orchid. If you've got an East-facing window and you watch the watering, you can grow orchids successfully.
ooking for a low-maintenance plant, consider a cactus garden. This miniature garden is ready to take home and enjoy.
If you have very bright lighting conditions, consider growing tropical plants such as  Bougainvillea.
Or a Hibiscus. Hibiscus flowers are large and eye-catching, while Bougainvillea produces long sprays of flowers. Both of these plants need very bright light conditions to bloom successfully.
There are lots of beautiful, vibrant houseplants to choose from. Each one will help to fill the inside of our homes with life and color. And, they're sure to get you through these gray, windy days 'til spring returns. If you're not sure of which houseplant to select, stop in and talk to us. We'll help you select just the right houseplants for your home.

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