Keep plentiful color in your house all year with these plants that bloom in winter.
As winter sets in and the days shorten, it’s easy to get the blues. If you miss being outside and tending to your garden, don’t give up. Aside from the lovely poinsettia, plenty of showy plants bloom this time of year.
Orchid. Even if you haven’t had success getting them to rebloom, bring a nice full one into your home in winter and place it near an east or west-facing window where it will get plenty of light, but not direct sun (at least for most varieties). Find more instructions on repotting and exposure online from the American Orchid Society. These beauties add a touch of elegance to your holiday décor.
Christmas cactus. Actually a tropical, the Christmas cactus has dramatic foliage that ends with a full open bloom of red, pink or coral. They’re easy to grow and should be kept from drying appliances, but not overwatered. Give them plenty of sun exposure while blooming. Then in the fall, place them in a cool location (about 50 degrees) and with little to no light at night. This helps force blooms next year.
Cyclamen. Who can resist a leaf shaped like a heart and a plant filled with blooms that look like butterflies? The white and red varieties are particularly striking for the holidays. Keep it in a fairly cool location, or try miniature hybrids, which thrive in warmer environments.
Kalanchoe. One of the easiest plants to care for, a small potted Kalanchoe is usually available in grocery store floral shops. Its tiny flowers come in clusters of nearly every color, and usually in deep red around the holidays. It’s a succulent so only water when the soil is dry, and keep it in a south-facing window. Wrap the pot in holiday foil or place it inside a decorative container.
Amaryllis. These giant, magnificent flowers grow from a winter bulb and are favorite gifts, so why not give one to yourself? They usually come in kits for easy potting and blooming, or may be sold ready to burst. You can get them to rebloom if you follow steps to make the plant think it’s in its natural habitat.
Rosemary. The fragrant herb serves every winter purpose you can imagine. Buy one sculpted into a tree shape, place it in a decorative pot and you’ve got a mini-tree. Need fresh rosemary for a holiday recipe? You can’t get any fresher than a few steps from your kitchen! And if you let rosemary grow, it rewards you with tiny, lavender blooms. If you have some in a pot outside, try brining it in to winter over.
In fact, with some planning, several outdoor plants, even considered annuals in your zone, can winter over. Geraniums love sunny windows. Try to keep the temperature above 60 and water them only when they dry out. You might have to move them with the sun’s angle, and if you didn’t prune them in spring, give them a gentle cutting back and keep them free of dead leaves. Repot or plant in the spring. Other possibilities include the jasmine and some forms of begonia.
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