By Tammy Sons
Now that winter is creeping ever closer to many, it’s time to shift our focus to indoor plants. Today’s TN Online Nursery review is going to center on some great indoor plants to brighten things up on a winter day. Aside from getting your plants from a reputable online nursery or local garden center, all you need to get started with tending houseplants are their pots and a bit of soil to help fill things out so each plant has a proper fit.
A lot of people like to go super low maintenance with their indoor plants - and there is nothing wrong with that. If you like spider plants, peace lilly or tradescantia, more power to you! They are great plants. The thing is they are pretty much the same indoor plants everyone turns to. This year, why not try something different? There are other low maintenance indoor plants around that look great and brighten things up - you just have to know where to find them.
Echeveria elegans isn’t actually your traditional houseplant, but they look really cool and can do quite well indoors. During the spring and summer they produce a series of long-lasting coral-colored flowers which look especially gorgeous if you line them up in individual pots on a coffee table or good sized windowsill.
Evergreen Christmas Fern is native to Canada and the Eastern United States. The term Christmas Fern refers to it's evergreen nature. They grow up to two feet high and a foot wide. It is one of the most common ferns in North America.It is very versatile as it can grow in almost any type of soil.
E. shaviana looks great when you mass a good sized jumble of them together - and even better when you add complementary plants into the mix. E. shaviana are cool to have in your home because they almost seem regal - very proper and stately - but still approachable. Keeping with our theme, they are very low maintenance, even requiring very little watering over the course of a winter.
Large potted cacti, Mammillaria bombycina and Notocactus magnificus, are awesome indoor plants! Even if you forget about them for a couple weeks, they are still going to be going strong and looking good. These guys fight off just about every common fungal problem that usually plagues cacti, midges, and even moderate neglect only to keep getting bigger and stronger. The spines are a point of worry for some, but if you don’t mishandle them you won’t have a problem.
If you’re looking to add a little more color to your home over the winter than you’ve already seen here, run some of the following plants through your mind for a minute and see which one seems best suited to fitting your vision.
Heather -The washed out pale pink and white hues of heather can add a lot to room. The magenta variety adds yet another option, as as some forms of magenta heather have a faded appearance, there are plenty of options. When placed properly, heather adds a hint of Paris to a room.
Christmas rose, (Helleborus niger) - Christmas rose does well in dimly lit areas so long as it is kept fairly moist. What we like so much about Christmas rose is that in only a few weeks a new crop of leaves grows in which are quickly followed by to die for whit saucer shaped flowers. The blooms usually make it month, assuming moisture is maintained, and then the process repeats itself until the spring. Save the seeds to grow another batch and save a wad of cash over buying them at the florist each year.
Lady Plymouth - Lady Plymouth look great on a windowsill during the winter even if the odds are against them flowering again. Consider keeping these gals on the kitchen windowsill because her leaves can be plucked off and used to add a little pop to an apple pie (any of the traditional pies actually) or any jams or preserves you are preparing.
April Hamilton - April Hamilton will flower through Christmas producing gorgeous deep velvet blooms. Just keep them in a sunny place and watch the soil moisture a bit and these will really give a room some pizzazz in no time!
Whatever you choose, whether it is run of the mill, exotic or a combination of both, TN Online Nursery has you covered. With fast shipping, wholesale prices (for minimum orders) and a reputation as an honest online nursery, we are hard to beat.