Many gardeners grow flowers in their outdoor beds from springtime until fall. But, when winter’s cold winds blow, it becomes challenging to keep outdoor blossoms coming.
Fortunately, you can enjoy the beauty of flowering plants all year long, by creating an indoor flower garden. All you need are a few pots or containers, an aerated planting mixture and some indoor-friendly plant species.
Before you know it, your home will be filled with the vibrant colors and scents of spring and summer blossoms!
Choosing the Best Indoor Flowering Plants
Because you can control the growing environment, you can cultivate most of your favorite outdoor plants indoors as well.
Some of our favorites include miniature rose bushes (or even full-sized versions, if you really prefer them), begonias, African violets, Cape primrose, purple shamrock (oxalis) and geraniums.
If you prefer a simpler approach, consider a blooming species of cactus or bromeliad. Christmas cactus is beautiful and low-maintenance. In the bromeliad family, Guzmania produces stunning blossoms and sends out “pups” that can be separated for starting new plants.
Finding the Perfect Location
Depending on which flowering plants you choose for your indoor garden, be sure you set them up for success.
Sun-loving geraniums or purple hearts will thrive near a south-facing window that provides several hours of direct light each day. Place several small pots on the kitchen windowsill to brighten up even the dreariest of days.
Oxalis, impatiens and African violets prefer a more filtered type of light, and will do well near an east-facing window.
Take care to avoid any spot that’s too drafty, and keep an eye on your plants to make sure they don’t become too leggy (a sure sign they aren’t receiving enough sunlight).
Find Containers That You – and Your Plants – Will Love
One of the best parts of indoor plants is the ability to choose the perfect pot or container. The sky’s the limit on how you can enhance your home’s décor using whimsical containers or found treasures for growing your flowering plants.
Whatever containers you choose, be sure the plant will have plenty of drainage. Most flowering plant species grow best when the soil is able to dry out somewhat between waterings. You can drill or punch holes in metal, wood and most plastic containers, if they don’t already exist. Just be sure to place a saucer or catch tray underneath the pot, to avoid water damage in your home.
Millcreek Gardens, serving Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities of northern Utah, has everything you need to create a colorful indoor garden. From containers to potting soil and all the plant species you love, we can supply everything you need to grow flowers indoors, all year long!