One of the most natural ways to boost your mood during winter’s dark days is to brighten up rooms with indoor blooms. Studies from around the world have shown that flowers promote relaxation and well-being, which feels especially good if you have a touch of the winter blues.
From elegant orchids to sassy cyclamens, winter-blooming houseplants are guaranteed to bring instant relief, and all are easy to grow.
Cure the Winter Blues with Indoor Plants
1. Orchids. Choose an orchid that has a bloom spike loaded with buds. When kept at normal room temperature, new blossoms will delight you for weeks, and there is no finer flower for formal spaces. Choose orchids that are firmly rooted in their pots. Thoroughly drench the roots once a week, draining excess water. Allow orchids to become almost dry between waterings. When given casual care and allowed to rest between bloom cycles, vigorous orchids will bloom twice a year and live a long life.
2. Primroses. Turn a kitchen windowsill into a spring wildflower garden with perky primroses in cheery colors. Primroses are happiest in bright light near a cool window, where they will bloom steadily for six weeks or more. Clip off old flowers as they fade to encourage reblooming and keep the plants looking neat. Compost the plants when they start to look shabby.
3. Cyclamens. Producing shooting-star blossoms for months, many cyclamens have leaves etched with light green or silver. The color range is huge, so you can choose a plant that matches your interior decor. A cyclamen’s only special need is a steady water supply, so it’s a good idea to keep a small watering can close at hand. Clip off old flowers to help the plants push out new buds. Compost the plants when they start to look tattered.
4. Kalanchoe. The waxy blossoms hold on the plants for weeks, and new clusters of blooms often form if the old ones are snipped away. These semi-succulents thrive with minimal care, and can be kept for years as winter-blooming houseplants.
These flowers can stay in nursery pots so you won’t need to repot them but will look better if you slip them into more decorative containers. Pretty pots placed on a tray of pebbles are ideal because the damp pebbles increase humidity around the plants.
- Blooming houseplants
- Flowerpots with wide waterproof saucers
- Long waterproof tray
- Small bag of decorative pebbles
- Watering can