can brighten your indoor landscape in the gloom of
the Christmas tree goes away, the poinsettia starts to
look old and the holly branches are fading fast, many of
you will be looking for something of a different style
fine houseplants are prime choices for the indoor winter
landscape and will make the perfect antidote to red and
green overload. Some even thrive in the cool air of
unheated sunrooms or windowsills.
January, garden centers and grocery stores often show a
nice range of cineraria and cyclamen plants in full
bloom. The flowers are very pretty, and these plants
like rooms that are quite cool.
cineraria produces flowers shaped like daisies that may
be blue, violet, pink or rose that stand up straight
above nice-looking light green foliage. This is a bold
plant that, given a very cool temperature, especially
through the night, will last about four weeks. The
hotter the room, the shorter the plantís bloom life
will be. An unheated sunroom would be a great place for
cineraria to spend the night. During the day, good
natural light will help the flowers open and look good.
Keep the soil moist but not soggy and place the plant
well away from cold drafts coming through outside doors.
second choice is the cyclamen. This is a gorgeous plant
for the winter indoors. It also likes it cool. The color
choices here are red, light to dark pink and white. It
is a very cheerful plant that looks wonderful either as
a small plant on the windowsill or a table or a larger
one for a centerpiece. It also likes a very cool spot by
a window or in an unheated room.
just as important, it will not tolerate over-watering.
Collapsing flower stems and flopping foliage are the
first sign that you watered this plant too often. Make
sure the top layer of soil is dry to the touch before
have found that, given a cool, well-lighted spot,
cyclamen can look pretty for a month or longer. This is
wonderful because the colors look so spring-like,
especially when days are gray.
third choice is the polyanthus primrose, a small potted
plant that bears beautiful flowers. The color choices
are huge, including white, blue, purple, pink, red and
yellow. The flowers are quite long-lasting in a cool
start to show up in stores in January but are quite
evident in February and March. They are small plants
with very colorful flowers rising above a rosette of
pretty green leaves. This is a plant that makes my heart
sing with delight because the vivid colors are so
beautiful. This is a plant to enjoy in excess, but like
the cineraria and cyclamen, they like it cool on a
windowsill or in an unheated sunroom and watered so that
the soil does not dry out.