Growing flowering plants is a marvellous way of bringing beauty, colour and fragrance into your home. There arein all colours of the rainbow, and many of them bloom for months on end, sometimes all year if allowed to.
(Impatiens) and ( ) are both very , and the ( ) is famous for being a nonstop flowerer. Many plants, such as Citrofortunella, Calamondin or Stephanotis, are also deliciously fragrant.
As with all house plants, it’s important to choose the rightfor them: if your plant is happy, then it will thrive and flower. Geraniums (Pelargonium) for instance must have full sun, while ( ) prefers a north- or east-facing room.
If you have a balcony or— and therefore more light — there’s an even greater selection of flowering plants to grow. You can use bigger , too, and grow larger plants such as Camellias ( ) and Flowering Maple (Abutilon).
Care of flowering plants
Caring for a flowering plant is very much the same as for any potted plant. A good proprietaryis vital, and subsequent , , light and warmth should all be supplied in the right quantities, depending on the individual plant.
There are, however, two points about care which are peculiar to flowering plants. These areand the removal of dead and fading flowers.
Flowering plants need potash (potassium) in the compost to help them bloom. You should give them a liquid or dry fertilizer that has more potash in it than the other nutrients. Thewill list the contents and percentage of each nutrient.
Regular and frequent removal of dead or fading flowers is essential. It not only makes your plants look tidier, but also it encourages the plant to produce more flowers, for far longer. Deadheading also prevents fading flowers falling into the compost, starting to rot, and so causing disease.
Flowering plants are such a lovely feature in any room that it’s worth giving a little thought to their.
Indoor hanging baskets are always eye-catching, and peat-based liners and basket saucers mean no more drips. Watering is much easier, too, with a pump-can, which has a long spout so you no longer need to disturb the hanging basket.
Or, why not make a miniature garden by filling a planter with different flowering plants. Or try a seasonal window-box – one with spring-flowering bulbs, one with summer, and so on.
- ( )
- ( )
- (the trailing varieties, ionantha)
- ( speciosa)
- ( obconica)
- Lucky Clover (Oxalis)
- Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)
- Winter-flowering plants Indoors
- African Violet (Saintpaulia)
- ( )
- Primula ( )
- ( )
- ( persicum)
- ( blosfeldiana)
- ( gracilis)
- Azalea ( )
- ( )
- (particularly B. cheimantha, B. hiemalis)
- ( squarrosa)
Flowering plants for all occasions
Plants for shade
- Cape ( )
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
- Begonia (particularly B. semperflorens, also known as )
An indoor ensemble:
African Violets, Cyclamen and.
- Deadhead, i.e. remove faded flowers, regularly.
- Support heavy blooms by tying to stakes.
- Remove tips of stems in late spring to encourage more shoots to sprout lower down and so carry more flowers.
- Give high potash feeds.
- Make flowering plants rest by withholding water and lowering temperature.
Flowering plants bring instant beauty and fragrance into your home. With some planning it’s possible to have flowers in every room throughout the year.