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.
Decorating the inside of your home with potted plants is just as important as decorating your patio, porch or patio areas. There are so many fun pottery pieces to try to put together and many of the benefit are not only appearance but function issues.
The best place to start is to decide on the type of houseplant you want to grow and pot. Then researching on line or talking with the customer service reps at your local nursery. You need to know a number of things. What kind of light, water, etc your potted plant is going to need. How large of a decorative garden container you will need to transplant it into and many other factors. Once you get this information on the type of potted plant that you think will meet your need you can then move on to selecting a planter.
Choosing a garden planter for a potted houseplant you just purchased from the local nursery is probably the most fun part of this process. Because the container will be indoors you can go with all kinds of materials, color and sizes.
Terra-cotta pots are always a good choice because the clay breathes and is considered healthy for a plants root systems. However you will need to put a waterproof saucer underneath to catch any water overflow while watering. A glazed colorful decorative planter is always fun since there are so many colors and styles to choose from. This is the time to match your planter to your interior decorating with complimentary colors and textures.
Make sure that any container you select has a drain hole so the plants roots are not sitting in standing water. This will cause them to rot which results in one dead potted houseplant. If you can find a glazed pot without a drain hole you can drop the nursery pot into the decorative container and that planter will act like a saucer and catch the water instead. Then you won't need a saucer.
Lastly, make sure you know where to place the indoor garden planter. That depends on how much sunlight it needs, can it handle being close to a heat register, should you place it by a window that may have a breeze coming thru it. All of these details will help with the health your potted houseplants will have. So, have fun using houseplants to decorate your home with. With a bit of planning you can much success for many years.
You are a outdoor gardening genius, so why is indoor gardening such a impossible feat? Use these tips as a guide to keep your home filled with happy, healthy potted houseplants!
Start by purchasing healthy, bug free plants. This is the time to be picky. A houseplant at a garden center should look its very best, not like it's on it's last leg. If you gently thump the side of a container, you might see a white fly cloud rise out of the soil. Avoid buying these plants and introducing their problem into your home.
Keep a holding room. When you bring home a new potted plant, isolate it in a room away from other houseplants for up to a month to make sure it's bug and disease free.
Don't overuse fertilizer. Provide plant food monthly only during spring and summer and use a diluted 20-20-20 fertilizer. Remember fertilizer makes plants bigger, to much of it can make plants quickly outgrow their garden pots.
Update pots judiciously. Only when a plant's roots have outgrown it's pots does it need to be bumped up to a bigger container. Change pots conservatively because many plants, like succulents and cacti, prefer to be a bit root bound.
Don't under water or over water. Potted plants only need water when they are dry - unless the plant tag specifies otherwise. To water, fill the container from the top layer of soil to the brim, until water comes out the the drain hole in the bottom of the planter. Wait about half hour for plant to drink what it needs. Remover excess water from the saucer.
Rejuvenate tropical houseplants with spa days. Most potted houseplants are tropical and enjoy humidity. Treat them to a spa day by relocating them one or two at a time, to a steamy bathroom.
If you don't have a few indoor potted plants than you are missing out. They not only add color & beauty but they can also increase oxygen levels in your home and remove harmful chemicals found in cleaning products, carpets & faux woods.
Below we want to list some of our favorites that are pretty easy to grow and become welcome additions to every home no matter what style or size.
Snake Plants - You will see these potted two tone plants in many homes. Their variegated leaves grow upright and can have yellow or white edges. They love most lighting conditions so place the planter by a window or an indoor darker corner. Since the soil can stay dry most of the time they don't take a lot of care.
Cactus - Heck who can kill a cactus right? Potted they can give a minimilistic touch to a interior decor. Just make sure they have a drain hole in the pot and the right type of potting soil. You want to water the roots by giving them a drink when the top soil is dry. Don't water the cactus directly.
Rubber Tree - You see these a lot potted indoors. The leaves are beautiful oblong shape and have a great texture to them. They grow large so make sure the planter has a lot of room for them to grow and you don't need to repot every season. They like indirect sunlight and slightly dry soil.
Fiji Palm - The dwarf version of the tropical pal adds a cool tropical feel. Plant in a white pot to contract with the dark green palm leaves that look like fans. This plant likes warm temperatures, and most are shade tolerant.
English Ivy - We love the trailing greenery of this potted indoor plant. It's the most air purifying indoor plant. It makes great hostess gifts when potted in a decorative planter. It's really easy to care for and loves cooler temps and most soil.
Lastly is Aloe Vera - Everyone has or should have one of these potted plants around the house. You are all aware of the medicinal properties of these plants. When it comes to a burn there is nothing better. Just pinch off a piece and rub it on the burn to start the healing process.
Key points to help with indoor potted plants like succulents, anthuriums and peace lilies.
Succulents store water in their fleshy stems and leaves. Water sparingly and make sure the garden pots drain well or the plants will rots if their roots are sitting in standing water. Use shallow containers since the root systems are shallow.
Of course they are going to like a nice sunny window but you need to make sure that there are no drafts in the winter time or you might as well have them sitting outside. Use a well draining potting mix and top the pot with small stones or pebbles. Water every one or two WEEKS making sure the soil dries out completely between watering. When it comes to fertilizer use a liquid plant food and follow instructions.
Native to the American Tropics, Anthuriums combine glossy deep green leaves with bright red blooms. No flowers last longer indoors and can last up to 3 months from the time they open. Seen mostly in the Hawaiian Isles and tropics these plants are easy to grow if you give them bright light but not direct sunlight. Well draining pot soil helps and you should let them get slightly dry between watering. Dead head old flowers and keep them away from drafty windows and color areas.
Peace lilies are great indoors. they like low light and are made up of dark green leaves and showy white blooms. They also keep the air inside pure. Some varieties grow large and other stay small so be sure and talk to your nursery person. They like bright indirect light and if the leaves get into direct sunlight they can burn. Feed ever two weeks during growing time and water a couple time a year. Plant in a good size planterso that you won't have to repot the roots every year. You can also place smaller ones on a table indoors.