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Gardening Focus Shifts Indoors as Winter Approaches

Green Circle Growers - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

With freezing nights and the first snow flurries heralding the approach of winter, it’s time to shift your gardening focus indoors. Indoor plants stir memories of sweetly-scented summer air, making the journey through the coming cold, dark months a little brighter. A gentle reminder that spring will return, indoor plants warm winter rooms with a soothing wash of verdant green, providing a pleasant counterpoint to the stark winter landscape outside your kitchen window.

A wide variety of beautiful indoor plants are available at garden centers. Use potted ferns or a small Sago palm (Sago palm) to bring a hint of the tropics into your home. Cactus plants grow beautifully indoors and are extremely easy to care for, requiring little watering or attention. Dish gardens are a particularly attractive way to display cacti, allowing you to create complex visual textures by combining several different species in a single arrangement.

A demure pot of deep purple African Violets (Saintpaulia), their delicate blossoms nestled in a nest of velvety green leaves, is the perfect antidote for winter’s chills. Easy to care for, African Violets thrive at average room temperatures and require only 3 to 6 hours of filtered light, making them ideal indoor plants. These exquisite beauties should be watered regularly to keep soil moist. Be careful to avoid wetting the foliage. Gently lift leaves and water with a narrow-spouted watering can. A mild liquid fertilizer should be applied twice a month, again being careful not to wet foliage.

Hanging baskets filled with delightful Spider plants (Spider plant) are sure to bring a smile to your face. Thin white-edged bright green leaves grow in a gracefully arching bouquet. What makes this indoor plant a perennial favorite are the small spidery shoots it drops from slender, springy stems as it grows.