Bloom on, Bud
When it comes to house plants, the trend seems to be going green. Foliage plants and succulents offer such a wide range in texture, variety, plus, the fact there is much more access to unique varieties. We see buggies crammed with all the green... but wait; what about all the blooms, all the colour, all the classics we love?
Are flowering plants being left behind? Are they becoming “old fashioned?”
Wait, no, that can’t be true?!
No matter what your take may be on this, there are a few classics that we love and I’ll tell you why. There is a list of beauties which are tried and true, home tested and approved. They last great indoors and will offer with blooms over and over and what’s more - with minimal care! There are some seasonal flowering plants that are amazing, but seasonal can also mean short lived. An example, the Hydrangea, Poinsettia, and Gerbera are excellent plants to have indoors for their bold pop of colour, but only during their prime months which is Spring, Fall or Winter. So where are the ones we can count on month after month, year after year? We’re glad you asked! Here's a list of the top 5 and how to keep them strong. They are simple to care for, provide us with colour, and can become permanent inside our home.
First on the list are Cyclamen - We love these flowering plants. Their talls blooms sit well above the foliage giving them plenty of room to shine and take the spotlight!
Care : Temperature - Cyclamen do prefer a slightly cooler temp. A spot in your home that is too warm or direct sunlight could result in the blooms fading fast or the leaves turning yellow.
Water - There is a tip or two with these ones. First off they like a bit of consistency (not too wet, not too dry) so smaller amounts more often is perfect. Second is they like to be watered from the bottom up, therefore place them on a saucer and add water. They will drink up what they need in about 10 min and you can dump the rest
Tip - Keep in mind cyclamen may go through a dormant period (either after a few months of blooms or over summer months) This is okay, cut back the leaves or blooms as they yellow and die. As well, cut back on watering and let the plant rest. When you are ready to take it out of dormancy (cooler temperatures is a good time) Start back with regular watering and care; new leaves should sprout and blooms will follow soon after!
2) Next up is the Kalanchoe - This is another classic that is offered all year round, and with good reason! They have vibrant blooms clustered together that makes almost anyone who looks at them happy.
Care: Light - These blooming beauties are in the succulent family so expect some similar care tips. They like bright light, sun and the more they get the better it will do! (if set outdoors in summer, protect from the hot afternoon sun)
Water - Again along with their cousins these plants like to be a bit on the dry side. They do not need to be misted, and are happiest if their roots aren't sitting in water. Therefore make a habit of checking the soil for dryness before watering!
Tip - Make sure to pinch off old blooms to encourage new growth. Sometimes they will need equal time in light and darkness. Fall and Spring are great times for new blooms. Be certain they are in a room where it gets completely dark at night (at least 12 hours)
3) Of course we can’t forget the Begonia - The variety we are most likely to see indoors are the ‘Cane Begonia’. These come compact and come in a wide range of colours. They may often get overlooked but shouldn't, with minimal care and bold blooms they are a great accent to any plant collection!
Care: Light - A well lit spot out of direct sun is perfect. In winter don’t be afraid to move a little closer to the window sill so it can be sure to get enough!
Water - These are hardy for someone who may not have the best water schedule for their plants ;). The only way to fail would be keeping them too wet! Overwatering can cause their thick hardy stems to rot, so please no heavy hands here!
Tip - Plants getting stretched or laggy? Don't be afraid to pinch the stems back to help keep a more compact look to your plants! Stems that grow out too long or too quick may not have enough strength and eventually snap!
4) The dainty African violet- of course we would mention these! I’m sure almost anyone has come across one of these at some point in their lives! We see them often and everywhere and for good reason. The African Violet has sweet dainty blooms that pack a punch and some people pass down their plants throughout generations! Now, how cool is that!
Care: Water - Much like the cyclem mentioned above these like to be watered from the bottom up, so again placing a dish or saucer underneath is ideal. They also prefer even watering, therefore small amounts more often is what your aiming for. To obtain more blooms allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings will be a benefit.
Light - Moderate and indirect is best! Not sure how to tell? Place your hand over the plant and if your hand barely has a shadow (at the brightest part of the day) it’s perfect! Again, if your looking for some new blooms 8 hrs of darkness at night is what your aiming for.
Temperature - These are cold sensitive. Be careful the room temperature isn't dropping to low! Dark mushy leaves can be a sign your plant needs to be placed somewheres a little warmer!
5) Up and coming is the Anthurium - These waxy, tropical blooms are starting to become more common! With blooms that can last months on end and are sure to be a conversation starter, we must include them on the list.
Care: Light - Anthuriums can tolerate many different light levels, however, they will have the most success with brighter locations. Keep indirect as harsh sun can cause the leaves to burn!
Water - For best results with your plant keep the soil evenly moist. Over watering or underwatering can have negative effects on the plant. Keep them evenly moist to achieve optimal growth! This is the reason why you will typically find them in a well drained loose soil.
Tip - They are generally easy plants to care for and can last for years, so find the middle ground for good light and water and you should have no problem being successful with these! Bonus for misting or keeping humidity levels high!