Putting our gardens to rest for winter is sad but inevitable. But our love for flowers and plants doesn’t have to stop there. Our selection here at Caan Floral is vast when it comes to the varieties of indoor plants to choose from.

Blooming in particular is one of the things we long for most. Since the days are short in winter the best windows indoors to place blooming plants would be an east or south location. The following list of blooming plants I have chosen to share with you will not only last the longest, but are relatively easy to care for.

First I will start with the Christmas cactus. If you don’t already have one, now is a great time to get one. They usually bloom November into December. Now, in September and October is the time where they should be kept cool, around 50 degrees, at night. Water and allow to almost dry in between waterings. Give the plant 12 hours of total darkness at night. Do this until the bud start to appear and keep them in an east or north window. This will give them the blooms you have waited all year have.

Cyclamen are now becoming available in many bright colors. They also love the cool nights to keep them performing. An east location is preferred; water only when the top surface of the soil is dry and around the outer edge of the plant not in the center of the plant. Remove flowers and flower stems as they fade. Not only will allowing them to become too dry cause them to wilt, but so will too much water; always check soil moisture before watering.

African Violets are among many favorites. Again, east window or a shaded south window is good. They enjoy being grouped with other plants which helps to create the humidity they like. Placing them on a tray with pebbles with water added also will create humidity. Keep them somewhat moist always. Use tepid water if watering from the top or else let them sit in a saucer of water to drink for 20 minutes, then discard the rest. Do not let them sit in water for long periods, they don’t want to be that wet or they will rot. Pinch flowers and flower stems as they fade.

Bromeliads come in all shapes and sizes, in a soilless medium or as an air plant. The cone shape flower that emerges is actually called a bract from which small flowers emerge. The bract stays in full color for many months, and again an east window or bright light away from a south window is the best location.

Phalaenopsis Orchids are the most popular among orchids because of their ease of care and long lasting blooms. They can stay in bloom up to 4 months or longer with east location and minimal watering. Three ice cubes per week saves the guess work and prevents over watering. Never allow the orchid to sit in water, over watering can be worse than under watering. While in bloom leave it in the container it comes in and place it in a more decorative vessel if desired. Transplanting when in bloom can cause the blooms to drop. Transplanting an orchid should be done when the plant is finished blooming. It can take up to 4-6 months for an orchid to re-bloom and as with the Christmas cactus mentioned 50 degree nights will bring it into bloom again. Orchids enjoy extra fertilizer in and out of bloom.

Reiger Begonias, Kalanchoes, Pointsettias; the list goes on, not to mention the endless varieties of foliage and succulents that will make the cold months ahead more bearable. So don’t let the end of summer put a end to getting those hands dirty. Make the most of your inside and let it BLOOM!

All my best!

Blooming Barb