More and more people are discovering flowers that grow in winter
are very satisfying and rewarding hobbies. And because the homes in
which we now live are lighter, warmer and more or less drought free,
than they used to be, there is less chance of your plants suffering from
dramatic changes in temperature throughout the course of the day, or
night. So a whole new range of plants from across the world can now be
successfully grown indoors. The next five plants I have selected here
are all easy to grow and require just basic care.
plant (Bridal Wreath) from Chile produces spikes of pink flowers in
summer. It prefers a sunny but cool position. Ample watering in summer,
moderate the watering in winter. Repot into a bigger container with
fresh compost, in early spring.
(Lady's Ear-Drops) shrubs are from India. They produce white, red or
blue flowers during summer. They prefer a cool room with good natural
light and some direct sunshine. Regular feeding and watering in summer.
Over winter, rest the plant in a cool place with just enough water to
prevent drying out. Keep them tidy by pruning in spring. Pinch out
growing shoots to promote bushiness.
Also known as, Rose of China.
This is a striking shrub with large exotic trumpet-shaped flowers.
These come in bright red, pink or yellow. Flowers tend to last for only
one day. However, the flowering period is quite long if a constant
temperature is maintained. They need a position with strong natural
light, with some direct sunlight. Avoid draughts. Feed every 10 days
during the growing period. Plenty of water in spring and summer. Spray
the leaves occasionally. Allow the top inch of compost to dry out
between watering. Keep in a cool place during winter and keep the
compost just moist. A good pruning in spring will prevent the plant from
plant, from India. It grows quickly. It produces large trumpet flowers
on 2 feet tall stems. Flowers come in shades of red, white and pink.
These are bought as bulbs, some of which are specially prepared to
flower at Christmas. One bulb should be placed in a 5 inch pot, leaving
half the bulb above the compost. Place the pot in a warm position out of
direct sunlight for a few weeks. Water sparingly at first, then
increases as growth gets under way. Feed once-a-week as flowers develop.
Ordinary bulbs are potted in late winter. Christmas flowering bulbs
should be potted in early November. Continue to water until late July,
then reduce until the end of September, and finally stop. Keep the bulbs
dry until growth begins again in February/March. Repotting every few
Busy Lizzie. A very popular
flowering plant, perfect for growing in windows. Flowers are bright red,
pink or white and are produced through most of the year. Pinch stems to
promote bushiness; shoots removed for cuttings will root easily. Fast
growing, they like a warm, well lit position, out of direct sunshine.
Water well in spring and summer. Keep warm and moist in winter. Never
let the compost dry out completely.
excellent houseplants. Most varieties of the large family of Primulas
are widely considered as annuals. Once they have bloomed, they are
disposed of. With care, they can be stored until the next season. Store
in a cool, light, frost-free position over winter. Primula obconica, is a
popular choice because of its long flowering season. From midwinter
through to early summer. The large flowers come in shades of red, pink,
blue or white. The near circular leaves of Primula obconica carry course
hairs, which some people are allergic to. It is advisable to wear
suitable gloves when tending to this plant. They need a position which
gives good natural light and some sunshine. In warmer rooms, stand the
pot on a tray of moist pebbles to provide humidity. Water well, but
avoid wetting the leaves.