7 Indoor Plants That Bloom in Winter
The joy of first snow is left behind and in Christmas season we still miss warm summer days. Our dreams of bright colors and cheerful greenery may come true when our potted plants start to bloom despite the cold!
1. Christmas Star Flower (Poinsettia)
How can we do without this symbol of the Bethlehem Star on Christmas? Many people admire this beautiful flower for its leaves – they can be white, pink, beige or scarlet – just the right color palette for Christmas. So that you poinsettia bloomed on time, it needs short daylight hours within October and November – about 9-10 hours. That’s why this flower must be removed to a dark place or covered with a piece of textile from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. during these months.
2. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
Ideally the Christmas Cactus requires a hanging basket or a tall pot as its bright flowers are blooming on long stems hanging downwards. If you want your Schlumbergera to bloom in December, keep it in a cool place and water moderately during the fall. But as soon as the flowers appear, the Christmas cactus needs heavier watering and a fertilizer twice a week.
Azalea is one of the most popular winter-blooming houseplants. It’s worth mentioning that it requires much care but the result will definitely amaze you: on cold winter days you will enjoy its incredibly lovely flowers. This plant likes frequent watering and needs an oxidizing fertilizer twice a week. Ideally the room temperature mustn’t exceed 20 degrees Celsius.
Ancient Greeks called this lovely plant a “plant sleeping in the summer”. Believe us, its awakening will definitely please you! A cyclamen may grow only below +17 degrees Celsius; otherwise, it’s shedding leaves and flowers. Pour water directly into a drip tray and avoid drying out.
Its large bright flowers appear right on a New Year’s Eve to enhance your holiday spirit. To make that happen keep a hippeastrum in a resting phase within 2-3 months at the temperature below +15 degrees Celsius, then transplant it into new soil, put in a warm place and start watering.
It’s all covered with long leaves and in the center of it emerges a bright orange flower. It will be definitely appreciated by fans of everything exotic! Like many other winter-bloomers, Guzmania likes frequent watering – you need to pour some water directly into the central cup and spray the leaves almost on a daily basis.
7. Japanese Camellia
If you miss beautiful summer roses, a Japanese camellia may be a good winter alternative. Its large flowers with dozens of petals are very cute and homey, but planting it indoors is a great challenge. Blooming is possible only at the temperature of 10-15 degrees Celsius and with extra artificial lighting.