3 Plants That Will Bloom Indoors For You In Fall And Winter

Karin Carr, Owner
Published on November 17, 2021

It is possible that the holiday poinsettia that you got at the store wrapped in foil is still pretty gorgeous; however, you may want to think about bringing something unexpected into the house in order to help brighten up the interior of the home and prevent cabin fever from setting in.

Kalanchoe

The scalloped edges of the leaves and clusters of brightly colored blooms of the kalanchoe are the perfect examples of why “cheerful” is the best word to describe this plant (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana). The best part is that this stunningly beautiful show of color takes place in the winter, and it features hues of orange, pink, red, yellow, and white.

This beauty performs best with lots of light so place it near a south-facing window. Overwatering will kill it, so allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Learn more about this plant’s requirements at the New York Botanical Gardens website (scroll down the page).

Note: Parts of the Kalanchoe, especially the flowers, are poisonous to pets and children. If you suspect that your child has ingested the plant, call your medical professional or the American Association of Poison Control Centers, available 24 hours a day, at 800-222-1222.

If your pet ingests the plant, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

Bonus: It’s easy to get your kalanchoe to rebloom – follow the walk-through provided by Clemson University Cooperative Extension.

Peace Lily

The shorter days of winter bring with them lower levels of sunlight streaming through the home’s windows. Choosing a plant that tolerates dusky conditions is an important factor.

The peace lily (Spathiphyllum group) loves shade, and winter just happens to provide its preferred light level.

Treat it right and this glossy-leaved stunner will not only brighten up a dark corner but do so with a bloom or two as well.

3 Plants That Will Bloom Indoors For You In Fall And Winter

Learn more about the peace lily and its care requirements online at North Carolina State University Extension.

Note: The peace lily isn’t a true lily. The plant’s leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals which, if eaten in large quantities, can cause mouth and throat irritation, vomiting, and trouble swallowing. Keep out of the reach of small children and pets.

Bonus: The peace lily will wilt to let you know when it’s time to water.

African Violet

Because African violets (Saintpaulia spp.) are so simple to cultivate and can quickly adapt to the warm indoor air that is typical during the winter, we thought it would be a good idea to include them on our list of methods to bring spring into the winter.

Maintaining an indoor temperature range of 65 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit is actually one of the best things you can do for the health and growth of your African violet.

It can be killed by overwatering, so make sure you let the soil dry out in between waterings.

If the leaves begin to yellow, the plant may need more sunlight, so move it to a “window with western or southern exposure,” and filtered sunlight, recommend the experts at Optimara/Holtkamp Greenhouses, Inc.

Note: Never place the African violet in direct sun as it may burn the foliage.

Bonus: Create new African violets from the leaves of your current plant. Learn how online at Penn State University Extension’s website.

In many parts of the country, the season for flower cultivation has indeed come to an end. That doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t have magnificent flowers growing indoors to brighten up what might otherwise be a drab time of year.

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