The holidays are over, the delight of the first snowfall has passed, and spring is still weeks away. For some of us, it may be hard to get outdoors as much as we’d like to; darkness falls early, too cold, or maybe there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Whatever the reason, we can enhance our nature exposure, and reap the benefits that we discussed last week, by creating indoor gardens. Let’s take a look at a few plant suggestions for the inside of your home or office.
Amaryllis: Traditionally used as a holiday plant, amaryllis bulbs can be planted at any time of the year. There is something exciting about planting a bulb in a pot and watching it grow. The magnificent blooms of this plant make the effort well worth it. Even better, many bulb sites sell these at a discount this time of year. They come in many colors other than red-pink, white, orange, lime-green.
Orchids: Many people complain that they kill orchids. The most common reason for this is overwatering. These plants love neglect-a little water every 7-14 days (depending on how dry your indoor environment is) will be more than enough. Be sure the plant has the ability to drain the water after watering; they don’t like their roots to sit in water. When properly cared for, these plants will produce a show of flowers for weeks to months. Here’s a tip: When selecting your orchid plant, choose one that has buds on it. It will display flowers longer and it’s enjoyable to watch them unveil themselves.
Green leafy plants: Not only nice to look at, some rich, green leafy plants can improve the air quality of our indoor space. They can filter our air by not only producing Oxygen from CO2 but also by absorbing harmful benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene. Flip through this list to see which ones might best fit in to the environment you have.
When choosing indoor plants you may want to consider sunlight requirements, how much care they need, and water drainage. If you need more assistance, your local garden center can be a great source of help.
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