Just like humans, many plants slow down with the dark winter months and stop blooming. This is no surprise, but it is still possible to pass the time until spring in a more cheerful environment – surround yourself with unpretentious houseplants that bloom in winter.
A traditional plant for a windowsill, it is not difficult to care even for beginners and children. Just find the violet a well-lit place (without direct rays) with high air humidity and water moderately through the tray (e.g. by briefly dipping the pot into a container of water). And among the varieties of senpolias, you can choose a species with almost any color and shape of flowers.
These flowers with an easy character are always of interest to indoor plant lovers. They do not count on elaborate conditions of existence and are content with a bright place on a southern or western window. In watering, it is better to be moderate, allowing the soil to dry out. Among the varieties of pelargoniums, the choice is represented by almost all the shades of the rainbow.
The amaryllis, which blooms from late December (just when your heart’s asking for it!) until early summer, can quench your thirst for bright colours. The secret to handling it is simple: when the flower stems have died off, dig out the bulb and store it in a cool, dry place for at least 6 weeks. At the end of this period, you can plant the bulb again and look forward to the next bloom.
In response to elementary care, begonia will reward you with bright winter blooms. In room conditions, it looks great in hanging cachepots. For the full existence of begonia it is enough to illuminate it with a fluorescent lamp for 14 hours a day. One nuance: avoid stagnant water – ideally, the soil should slightly dry out before the next watering. In summer, pots with begonias can be taken out into the fresh air: on a balcony they look no less lovely than on a coffee table.
Aristocratic orchids are capricious, but their elegant flowers justify the difficulty of keeping them. Dispersed light, periodic drying of the substrate along with high humidity and warmth are the basic requirements of the most common orchids (e.g. Phalaenopsis) in indoor floriculture.
In botanical nomenclature it appears as zygocactus, but for its winter flowering it has a more colloquial name. As a member of the cactus family, it prefers cool overwintering and a minimum 12-hour duration of dark time of day. The Decembrist usually blooms once a year, but when it does, it blossoms a number of delightful flowers, which not every plant that blooms in summer can boast.
Usually balsamina is grown as a garden flower, but it feels comfortable on a windowsill and willingly blooms in winter. You can take a cuttings from a bed (not from someone else’s, of course) – the plant readily takes root. Another option is to buy seedlings at a gardening supply store. Balsamine prefers sunny places, but it will be quite happy with artificial light.