Has this dark, cool winter weather got you feeling a bit blue? Well, we can all agree that it tends to bring you down but here are a few easy things you can do that will help to bring you back up and boost your mood. Pot up some indoor blooms this time of winter and brighten up your home.
Pick up any women's magazine and you will see articles on Seasonal Affected Disorder. The winter blues are real. Studies from around the world have shown that indoor potted flowers promote relaxation and happiness. Why not try a few and see how you do because what have you got to lose?
Below are a few types that do extra well indoors in garden pots during the winter months. Everything from elegant types to houseplants are easy to pot and grow. These flowers can stay in a decorative container and look lovely when topped with decorative rocks, colorful pebbles, or deep green moss. All of these pot toppers not only look lovely but help to keep the soil damp and increase the indoor humidity around the plants.
Primroses - Perfectly lovely for a kitchen windowsill or bedroom table. These are so delicate and colorful which come in many colors. Potted primroses like bright light so this is not the time for a dark corner or room without windows.
Orchids - Very elegant and stunningly beautiful these are not the easiest indoor blooms to pot and grow but once you dive in and get your toes wet you will realize that they are not that hard either. They just look difficult and intimidating. Keep the roots drenched once a week and drain off the excess water. These make wonderful gifts.
Cyclamens - Star blossoms that come in lots of colors that will compliment the color of your indoor decor so have fun when selecting them. As with other types of houseplants they like damp soil but not wet water. Misting is also a great benefit.
Pretty flowerpots placed around your home during these stark winter months can really perk things up and bring on a happy mood.
Add color and scent to your home during these long winter months, with these wonderfully scented potted houseplants.
Gardenia - Known for being one of the most fragrant flowers around, gardenia is lovely, but tricky. It's glossy green leaves put the spotlight on the single or double white flowers that emit a heavy, flowery scent.
A potted Gardenia prefers a humid, very bright environment. Water & fertilize and let the soil dry between watering in the winter months. Protect it from hot and cold drafts.
Stephanotis - If you have never smelt this plant you are missing out. It's delightful floral fragrance is wonderful and is used many times in wedding bouquets. Lovely starry white flowers look like they were dipped in wax. As an indoorpottedplant you want to place it in a bright spot away from drafts. It has a slow growth rate when potted and placed indoors.
Orange Jessamine - This indoor potted houseplant makes a beautiful foliage when it now flowering so it's beautiful year round. It's fragrance is heavenly when the white flowers bloom and smell like orange blossoms. You don't need bright light but keep it away from drafts. Perfect potted a kitchen counter!
Even potted houseplants need adequate light. Consider things like the direction that the sun comes into your home, what kind of overhang your house has, and the shade from trees or buildings. All of these things - as well as blinds, ultraviolet window protection, and deciduous trees - can change your lighting situation. To get the right amount of light, however, yo first have to understand the three basic types of potted houseplant lighting needs:
Low-Light Plants: will do well in a north facing window as they do not require any direct sunlight. Potted plants can also be placed in the interior of a room with moderate light from eastern, western, or southern exposures.
Medium or Bright Indirect Light Plants: like an east or a west facing window or should be placed at least 2 feet away from a south facing window. A western exposure needs to provide indirect light through the morning and early afternoon. It it receives more intense light and becomes hotter in the afternoon, place the potted plant farther into the room.
High Light Plants: should be placed in a south facing window that provides the brightest light conditions for the longest time each day or in an unobstructed west facing window that gets up to four to six hours of direct light in the afternoon. Make sure to check leaves for sun scald, and rotate the flower pots for even plant growth.