5 Blooming Plants That Will Have you Wanting One For Your Home!
Lately its has been all about the leafy greens and thought we should give our blooming buddies a turn. From arrays of color, different shapes and sizes. There is a flower ready to make your space its home. Flowering houseplants add a layer of enjoyment, bringing color, and maybe even scent into your decor. While they may seem fancy, some can survive with only basic attention.
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If winter blooms and sweet, nighttime fragrance appeal to your senses, consider growing jasmine indoors. Not all jasmine flowers are fragrant, but "Jasminum Polyanthum", the variety commonly used when growing jasmine indoors, has a sweet aroma that is particularly fragrant at night.
2. Christmas Cactus
Christmas cacti are not fussy, and s ome live for decades! Their exotic-looking blooms come in an array of beautiful shades ranging from pure white to corals, pinks, and reds. Different species bloom at different times of year, including Thanksgiving and Easter. They like bright indirect light. Water when the soil is dry, and don’t let water sit in the saucer.
These stunning flowers come from bulbs sold in the fall. Put them in a bright spot; too little light causes them to flop over. Keep the soil evenly moist. Blooms occur about six weeks later and last for a month or more. You can try to get them to re-bloom next year: Save the bulb, leave the foliage intact but cut the faded flower stalk, then move into shade outdoors after the last frost. In late summer, let the bulb go dormant, cut off foliage, and don’t water until November.
4. Calla Lilly
Calla lilies are popular cut flowers for wedding floral arrangements and bouquets. They are also used as decorations for Easter. Native to Africa, calla lilies are only hardy in the warmer U.S hardiness zones of 8-11 – but may survive zone 7 with protection. They also bloom primarily in summer. Because of bloom time and plant hardiness, many gardeners find it easier to grow potted calla lily plants.
Satsuki Azalea Bonsai
Azaleas, as the botanical name implies, are members of the Rhodendron family. Azaleas, however, are smaller leaved in stature, thus making them prime candidates for the bonsai artist. Satsuki is a Japanese term which means "fifth month", or late spring. The time that most Satsuki go into bloom. Satsuki have become the most popular for bonsai followed closely by the Kurme varieties. There are literally hundreds of different varieties of both species, mostly grouped according to the shape and colors of their flowers.