In the winter, growing flowers is probably one of the furthest things from your mind (probably also shopping for fans). Even though there’s a chill in the Albuquerque air, florists at Peoples Flowers are excited about indoor gardening for the winter months. We’ve put together a list of our absolute favorite plants that are in season and in bloom in the winter.
Blooming Poinsettia Basket
During the holiday season, poinsettia plants seem to pop up everywhere, and it’s really no surprise that they became a favorite for winter because they are truly beautiful. Red and white varieties are the most popular, but they actually also grow in yellow, orange, pink, salmon, and marbled varieties, too. These can make for a fun take on the traditional holiday look.
To keep your poinsettia healthy and vibrant through the season, place it in a location where it will receive lots of sunshine. Water it regularly to keep the soil continuously moist, but be careful not to let it sit in standing water.
Christmas Cactus – Purple
2. Christmas Cactus
We love Christmas cactuses all through the year, but they’re especially beautiful when they’re in bloom around Christmastime. These beauties have exotic-looking flowers that will fill your home with attractive shades of pink, purple, red, orange, or white. Christmas cactuses are also completely non-toxic for humans, cats, and dogs, making them one of the few plants that aren’t poisonous for pets or small children. Eating one will definitely cause a stomach ache, but it won’t do any serious damage.
To keep your cactus healthy and blooming for many Christmases to come, put it in a location that receives lots of indirect sunlight and give it a pot that drains easily. Christmas cactuses also require fairly frequent watering compared to other cacti and succulents. They’re actually native to humid forests in Brazil, which makes them less tolerant of drought.
6 Inch Amaryllis Plant
Big, bold, and red, amaryllis flowers are stunningly beautiful for the holiday season. Plus, they grow from bulbs, which means they can be repeatedly replanted. After your flowers have wilted, store the bulbs in a dark, dry, cool location to prevent rot. Plant them again in the fall and expect flowers within six to eight weeks.
It is good to remember, though, that, although amaryllis flowers are beautiful, they are poisonous, too. Keep them in a location where small children and household pets won’t be able to accidentally ingest them.
Orchids another favorite for winter. These tropical beauties bloom when the temperatures are cooler, which means they flower naturally in the coolest season. With an estimated 30,000 species around the world, they come in just about every color, shape, and size you can imagine.
Orchids need a pot that drains easily and porous soil formulated especially for them. Place yours in a location that receives filtered sunlight and water it regularly, but don’t let it sit in standing water. If the air inside your home is dry, your orchid will appreciate an occasionally spritzing with water or special plant spray.
These flowering succulents are perfect for Albuquerque because they love sunshine and dry air. Kalanchoe plants are wonderful winter plants because they start blooming in autumn and don’t stop until spring. You’ll love having their bright, cheerful flower clusters in pink, orange, yellow, red, and white around all winter long.
Put yours in a sunny location in a pot that will drain completely. Be sure to allow a kalanchoe’s soil to dry completely before watering.
Breathe Clean Air with Houseplant Purification
Another benefit of keeping an indoor garden in the winter is that it will help clean up indoor air pollution, which can be a pretty big problem during the winter. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and other toxins and breathe out oxygen, making a perfectly symbiotic relationship between humans and plants. Some of our favorite all-natural air purifiers include snake plants, spider plants, bamboo palm, English ivy, and dragon trees.
For more indoor gardening inspiration and winter plant recommendations, we welcome you to stop by Peoples Flowers any time this winter!