A Splash of Living Color Made Easy

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Today’s guest post comes from Gaddy’s and they’re offering they’re favorite varieties of indoor plants and some care giving tips. Enjoy!

If you want some interesting and colorful flora in your home it doesn’t have to be stressful. Flowering indoor plants can be really easy to keep; you just need to make sure you pick the right ones – you can learn more at Gaddys.

A Prickly Contender
Cacti might not instantly bring a colorful display to mind but they can be an extremely bright addition to your home. For some seasonal color a Christmas cactus is a great idea; it blooms in mid to late December. These easy to care for plants come in several colors including deep red, salmon pink, orange red, lilac, and white. They thrive with not too much water in an optimum room temperature of 70 – 80 degrees F. You don’t need a lot of room to accomodate a Christmas cactus as they only grow to approximately 8-12 inches high and 6-18 inches wide. To make sure you have a healthy, bushy plant you should cut off several sections after flowering.

A Little Bit of Peace
The peace lily is a familiar sight in homes with its graceful white blooms. These flowers, which resemble a spoon in shape, usually appear in summer but can pop up throughout the year. Peace lilies are very accommodating of surroundings requiring a room temperature of only approximately 60 – 85 degrees F. These plants also thrive in low light conditions, but they require moist soil. They can also need a fair amount of space as their dimensions can reach from 1 to 6 feet in height and 1 to 5 feet in width.

The Lucky Shamrock
The shamrock isn’t just lucky, it is also easy to keep. The pretty plant with bright green leaves and dainty white flowers enjoys a light environment but doesn’t like direct sunlight. It is also partial to some fresh air. Shamrocks should be kept evenly watered while they are growing in the summer months but during their dormant season they should be left to dry out.

The Joy of the Geranium
For a really easy color experience you can’t go wrong with a geranium. They love bright light and a medium room temperature. The numerous varieties of geranium produce a myriad of different colored flowers. Plans should be watered well then the top part of the soil should be allowed to dry out before the next watering. During the winter months watering should be done more sparingly. In order to maintain blooming for the maximum period possible and dead flowers should be plucked. Geraniums like to be a little root bound so don’t be tempted to put them in too big a pot.

The Beauty of an African Violet
African violets are a riot of color, vivid violet, pink and variegated petals. They like a moist soil and moderate bright light that is not direct. African violets should always be watered from the bottom; they should be stood in room temperature water for a period of not more than 30 minutes. Watering from the top can cause spots on the leaves, which is why it should be avoided. For a simple to keep plant that will fill your room with color they are perfect.

I hope you’ve found these tips for indoor planting helpful! 

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