Top 10 Tips – Caring for Flowering Indoor Plants

Flowering potted plants are a quick way to add color, freshness and a designer touch to interiors. Place one on the dining table to create an instant centerpiece. Special occasions become super special with just a few pots placed at an entryway or along a buffet table. A single potted flower is the perfect gift to honor a special day or celebrate a special person.

Tips to Extend the Life & Beauty of Flowering Indoor Plants:

1. Many potted flowering plants are sold with a decorative plastic sleeve covering the pot. While these sleeves are pretty; they can trap water and leave the plant roots soggy and at risk of rot from standing in a puddle. After a thorough watering pour off any excess water that has accumulated in the sleeve.

2. Remove faded flowers by pinching off at the base of the flower stem. This keeps the plant looking clean and healthy, and often stimulates the development of new flowers.

3. Snip off any dead or yellowing foliage at the base of the leaf stem.

Pruning a Pink Bicolor Primrose

4. During the day, place the plant in a spot that receives bright, indirect sunlight.

5. Do not place the plant near air ducts or radiators where it could be affected by cold drafts or dry air.

6. Keep the soil consistently moist. Use your finger to feel the soil. When the top 1-2″ (3-5cm) of soil feels dry, it’s time to water.

7. Use a fertilizer developed for blooming houseplants to keep your plant healthy. Follow the mixture and application rates found in the package directions.

8. In warm weather, take your indoor flowers outside to dress up a patio or balcony table.

9. Place your flowering plant in an ornamental container to give it a true decorator’s touch.

10. Just like a cut flower bouquet, the blooms on potted flowering plants eventually fade. When the flowering period is over you may either discard the plant or continue to grow it as a foliage plant.

Primroses and Kalanchoe in Decorative White Containers

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