Shake off winter blues with indoor houseplants that bloom. One of the most natural ways to boost your mood during the dark days of winter is to brighten up rooms with indoor blooms. Studies show that houseplants, including those with flowers, promote relaxation and well-being. And that feels especially good if you have a touch of the winter blahs.
From elegant orchids to cheerful kalanchoe (pictured above), winter-blooming houseplants will bring instant color and a tropical feel to your indoor space. The choices below are easy to grow.
Cure Winter Blues with these 5 HousePlants that bloom:
- Orchid. Choose an orchid that has a bloom spike loaded with buds. When kept at normal room temperature, new blossoms will delight you for weeks. 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. Get to know orchids.
- Primrose. 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 to keep the plants looking neat and tidy.
- Cyclamen. Producing shooting star blossoms for months, many cyclamens have leaves etched with light green or silver. Their 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.
- Kalanchoe. The waxy blossoms hold onto 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.
- Bromeliad. Bromeliads are a natural choice for the indoor gardener. With their bold colors and easygoing ways, they make stunning houseplants. The defining characteristic of bromeliads are the rosettes of sturdy leaves with either a brightly colored center or a flower stalk. The bromeliad (bro-ME-li-ad with a short “a”) is native to Central and South America and sends up flowers in pink, orange and red against glossy jade green foliage or banded gray green stripes. Learn more about bromeliads.
Any of these five houseplants can stay in nursery pots, however you can repot them in a planter. Select a flowerpot that comes with a saucer. You could also place your pot on a tray of decorative pebbles. A tray with pebbles works well for indoor plants 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