When you think about plants and flowers, winter probably isn’t the first season to pop into your head. Although our winter climate in Columbus is too cold for most outdoor plants to survive, there are actually several plants that fare well indoors and bloom naturally during the coldest time of the year. At Griffin’s Floral Design, our florists put together a list of our top five favorite indoor plants for winter. The following are all easy to grow and will look beautiful in your home for many winters to come.
Purple Phalaenopsis Orchid
In response to the cooler temperatures, orchids naturally bloom in the winter and will conveniently bring bright color into your home when you need it the most. We especially love orchids for their exotic beauty, delicate blooms, and for their sheer variety. There are an estimated 30,000 different species of orchids that grow all around the world!
Potted orchids like lots of filtered or indirect sunlight and soil that drains easily. They also like to be kept in a humid location, if possible. During the winter, when your furnace is running on high, you can keep your orchid happy by gently spritzing it with a bit of water from time to time.
2. Christmas Cactus
A seasonal favorite, Christmas cactuses bloom in response to the length of daylight around Christmastime. They will warm up your home with their lovely tube-shaped flowers in shades of red, pink, orange, purple, and white.
The Christmas cactus is native to the humid forests of Brazil, which means these plants don’t tolerate drought as well as cacti and succulents that come from the desert. Like all cacti, the Christmas cactus loves a pot and soil that drains easily and lots of sunshine, but they need to be watered more frequently.
Another great reason to keep Christmas cactuses in your home is that they’re one of the few plants that’s poisonous to neither humans nor animals. Eating any part of the plant will probably give you or a pet an upset stomach, but it won’t do any serious harm.
Red Poinsettia Plant
Poinsettia plants, especially the red and white varieties, are a traditional favorite for winter and the holidays. They look lovely as decorations and make wonderful gifts. For a quirky take on the traditional holiday look, we recommend finding poinsettia plants in unexpected colors like pink, salmon, orange, or yellow. While many people mistake a poinsettia’s colorful bracts (leaves) as their flowers, the plant’s true blooms are the small yellow clusters located at the center of the bracts.
To ensure your poinsettia lasts the season, put in a place that receives plenty of sunlight and water it regularly, without ever letting its roots become soggy.
A tropical plant, anthurium is the perfect way to create a warm vibe inside your home for winter, and the plant’s bright-red blooms will look lovely with your holiday decorations.
These plants bloom throughout the year and are fairly easy to care for. They like plentiful, filtered sunlight and frequent watering. Usually, watering your plant once per week in the winter and twice a week in the summer is perfect. If the air inside your home is dry, you can try spritzing your plant with water occasionally.
Kalanchoe is one of the sunniest and cheeriest plants you can have in your home for winter. They typically begin blooming in the fall and continue to sprout flowers until spring. Their clusters of small flowers bloom in bright shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, and white.
Desert natives, kalanchoe plants love the warm, dry air found inside our homes in winter. To keep yours healthy and ensure it continues blooming through the season and thriving for years to come, provide it with plenty of sunshine, a pot and soil that drains easily, and water sparingly.
Breathe Easy with Green Winter Plants for Cleaner Indoor Air
With the cold winter weather in Columbus, indoor air pollution can easily become a problem when your doors and windows are kept tightly closed. We recommend filling your home with beautiful green plants that provide an attractive and natural solution to cleaning and filtering the air inside your house. We especially love dragon trees, English ivy, potted mums, peace lilies, spider plants, corn plants, and snake plants.
For personalized recommendations and more information about the best plants for winter, we welcome you to stop by a Griffin’s Floral Design location today.