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A bright spot in winter needs certain care

Cyclamen persicum often called florists cyclamen is an indoor blooming plant that can be easily found in your local grocery store and garden center beginning in late fall and throughout the winter months. Its cultivars are white, shades of pink, purple and red. The beautiful blooms are smooth and frilly with varying heart shaped leaf patterns that make this plant unique.

Indoor cyclamen is a tender variety in a genus of perennials native to Europe and the Mediterranean. Some hardy varieties can be grown in our region. Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen purpurescens are just a couple of varieties that bloom from late winter to summer. Cyclamen are grown from tubers that are often confused as corms, which have a papery outer layer. Cyclamen persicum prefers a cool, humid environment. Daytime temperatures should not exceed more than 68 degrees during the day. Temperatures above that can force the plant to go dormant and stop blooming. Nighttime temperatures should not go below 40 to 45 degrees.

Provide the plant with bright to medium indirect light. I usually place my plants in a northeastern window that has strong morning light. Watering can be a little tricky, they tend to be sensitive to too much water or too little. When soil is dry and pot feels light its time to water. I recommend watering the plant from the bottom and allow the roots to take up the water that way you keep the center tuber dry. Over watering can cause the tuber to rot and the leaves to become soft and rotted as well. Fertilize once a month with a water soluble houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended rate. Too much will effect any future blooming.

Cyclamen will keep blooming well into February and early March. To keep plants blooming dead head spent blossoms to encourage future blooms. When Cyclamen is completely finished blooming stop watering and allow the leaves to die off. Leaves will turn yellow and brown and begin to shed. Place the plant in a cool, low lit area and begin decreasing daylight hours. Be sure to remove any dead foliage and allow plant to dry out. Plant will go into dormancy for a couple of months, during the spring and summer. After dormancy water plant thoroughly and repot using a sterile all purpose potting soil. Once plant begins to produce leaves, place in a cool sunny window and watch it bloom for another season.

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TOP 5 FLOWERING HOUSEPLANTS

IMG_0089-900x900Here are the top 5 MUST HAVE flowering houseplants

 

1) ORCHID

Enjoy this easy, low maintenance marathon bloomer.  Phalaenopsis Orchids are the easiest to grow indoors.  Adapting to most lighting situations, ranging from bright to medium indirect light, water when thoroughly dry, and mist 2-3 times per week.  Temperatures should not fluctuate more than 10-15 degrees from day to night.  Fertilize once a month with a 20-20-15 nutrient ratio.

 

 

Begonia-IMG_0089sm-600x4002) BEGONIA

Begonias range from flowering Tuberous Begonias to Rex Begonias, with is brightly colored leaves. Tuberous Begonias burst with a wide variety of beautiful spring color and bloom prolifically in bright light throughout the season. Rex begonias are technically not known for their flowers, but pack a punch with their brightly colored foliage.  Both are low maintenance and prefer the soil to dry thoroughly between each watering. Don’t be afraid to bring your Begonias outdoors for the summer.  They are awesome in shade containers and bloom all summer!  Fertilize weekly during the growing season with all- purpose 20-20-20  nutrient ratio.

 

Unknown3) AFRICAN VIOLET

A beloved plant for generations the African Violet, is one of the most collected species for most plant enthusiasts.  It is compact in size and produces a huge pop of color periodically throughout the year.  Prefers to dry between waterings and a Northeastern exposure to bask in the morning light.  Fertilize bi weekly with a 8-14-9 nutrient ratio.

 
images4) CYCLAMEN

Enjoy this plant during the months of January a d February.  It offers bright pops of color ranging in pinks, purples and white, the white being the most heavily scented.  Easy to care for and enjoys a brightly lit, cool window, water plant from the bottom.     Fertilize weekly with all-purpose 20-20-20 nutrient ratioE

 

 

 

 

images-15) BROMELIAD

Great Outdoors, but even better indoors, Bromeliads are sometimes referred to as urn plants.  They provide bright color and bloom for months at a time.  Water when dry and mist 2-3 times per week.  Fertilize during the growing season monthly with  all-purpose 20-20-20 @ 1/2 the recommended rate.

 

Hope you enjoy these beautiful easy to grow indoor flowering plants.  If you have any questions regarding the plants listed , or any other plant, please feel free to submit your inquiry below.