Plants that show their blossoms in winter are a bright spot in the dull season. Begonias, bromeliads, or Christ’s thorns – these winter-blooming indoor plants bring color to the windowsill.
Although it is cold and cloudy outside in winter, you do not have to do without colorful flowers indoors. Winter-blooming houseplants, which simply outshine the gray winter weather with their leaves or flowers, provide fresh color. They are the best way to counteract the winter blues.
The begonia is native to South America and belongs to the slate family. These blooming exotic species are available in a wide variety of colors such as pink, orange, white or red. The begonia is a classic among winter-flowering indoor plants. It prefers locations without direct sunlight and the temperature should be between 15 and 25 degrees all year round.
Guzmania bromeliads in wicker baskets are an effective eye-catcher
Bromeliads actually come from the tropical and subtropical areas of Latin America and belong to the pineapple family. The Achmea fasciata is a particularly beautiful specimen with its small blue flowers, pink bracts, and silver-spotted leaf funnels and also one of the easiest species to care for. In European households, the bromeliad feels most comfortable on a partially shaded window sill at an average of 20 degrees. Use low-lime, room-temperature water for watering. The soil should always be slightly moist.
The potted azaleas (Rhododendron simsii) are particularly beautiful indoor plants that bloom in winter. The most common types are Japanese or Indian azaleas, which are usually available in pink, red, or white. The soil should always be kept moist and watered with low-lime water because the potted azalea needs a lot of water, especially during the flowering period, whereby waterlogging should not occur. Fertilize your azalea with a special fertilizer from April to August and make sure not to place the plant directly in the sun. The optimal temperature is between 15 and 22 degrees.
Pot azaleas are a colorful eye-catcher, especially in winter, and delight their owners
The Persian cyclamen, usually called indoor cyclamen, is one of the most popular winter-flowering indoor plants. She prefers a partially shaded place in a cool room with about 15 degrees. Cyclamen need a lot of water during the flowering period, but waterlogging must be avoided at all costs. Indoor cyclamen are usually available in the flower colors red, pink, or white and, due to their insensitivity to cold, they are the perfect decoration for cooler rooms and stairwells.
The flowers of the indoor cyclamen resemble small butterflies and the leaves are also extremely decorative with their clearly visible veins
The Christ thorn originally comes from Madagascar and is a milkweed plant, which is the succulent equivalent of the poinsettia. The plant owes its name to its thorns, which are supposed to remind of the crown of thorns of Jesus Christ. The Christ thorn likes to stand in the sun or at least in partial shade. If you choose a rather shady and cool place for it, it should only be poured sips at a time. The following applies here: the cooler the environment, the less water the plant needs. In cool places, the Christmas thorn will not present the full bloom.
Decorative flowers appear at the tips of the thorn-covered branches of the Christ thorn in winter
Among the orchids for the room, cattleyas have the most striking and fascinating flowers. These winter-flowering houseplants like to be in partial shade and prefer a special orchid substrate. It is best to use the immersion method for watering: immerse the pot once a week for about 30 minutes in low-lime water (tap water is best boiled) and then let the pot drain well to avoid waterlogging. Special orchid fertilizers are suitable for fertilizing, although you only need half the recommended dosage.
In the case of Cattleya orchids, the flower lip is rolled up into a tube