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Houseplants: which are the best ones for winter?

Having some greenery in your house or in the place where you spend most of your time not only lifts your spirits but has also been proven good for your eyesight, especially during the cold season.

Moreover plants, be they lifted or on the ground, always bring that natural and relaxing touch even to the most formal environment. Naturally as the cold weather comes along extra care needs to be taken with house plants. You need to avoid sudden changes in temperature and to always make sure you provide the plants with the right amount of light and humidity.

Pothos (Scindapsus Aureus)

The perfect plant for lazy people or for those without green fingers!

Pothos is a climbing and leafy variety and it will grow even in darker spots indoors. If given plenty of space and fed with composted fertiliser it will grace a room with a cascade of large, oval leaves, either completely green or variegated. This plant has a strong reproduction ability which can be used to make it look even greater and luxuriant. Just take a cutting, put it in a pot. Be careful to keep the soil moist and after a short time it will take root and produce a new plant, producing lots of new shoots.

Anthurium (Anthurium Andreanum)

This plant of elegant shapes, with shiny long leaves and exquisite flowers it is perfect to decorate the living room. This plant original of South and Central America can perfectly live and grow at our houses’ temperatures. The Anthurium needs a well-lighted position, but it is not to be exposed directly to sun rays. It has to be watered often, without leaving backwaters, and fertilized when needed. Moreover it should be kept in mind to re-pot the plant every 2/3 years, because of the plant’s natural development, as it can grow as far as one metre and a half in length.

Anthurium

Kalanchoe

Even if small this plant has the characteristic of bringing a touch of beauty to all corners of home. Kalanchoe is a genius of about 150 species, but the most widespread in our houses is the Kalanchoe Blossfelida, a small perennial evergreen plant. Its leaves are fleshy and large umbels of flower clusters are held above them. Kalanchoe likes sunlight and can stay even in full sun for few hours a day.

It can live for a few years and reach up to 20/30 cm, but care needs to be taken: it has to be planted in well-drained soil, dry and dead pieces must be cut away and it should be filled in with a mixture of cactus and common top soil.

Kalanchoe, piante da appartamento in inverno

Begonia (Begoniacee)

This beautiful species has tropical origins and its most widely spread variety in Europe is the “Begonia Rizomatosa”, which can easily adapt to medium and small size pots. This plant enjoys lightened spaces, but no direct sunlight. It does not like wet soil, therefore it is recommendable to water it only once a week. Given Begonia’s size it can be placed on a shelf or on a desk in all rooms, even the smallest. Its light flowers perfume has been known to help relaxing.

Begonia, piante da appartamento invernali

Bengiamino (Ficus Benjamina)

Would you like the idea of having a small piece of forest in your house? If so Ficus is the answer. This extraordinary plant is native of Asia and Oceania remote lands, and with a cascade of leaves and spread roots in nature can achieve 30 metres of height. When Ficus is placed in limited indoor places still grows much more than the average houseplant, going over two metres and exhibiting a green thick crown of leaves if well exposed to sunlight.

Ficus is a perennial evergreen plant that loves light, although not direct sunlight, and it is not afraid of our apartment 20/22°. This tree constantly grows and it has to be re-potted when its knotty roots get out of topsoil. Avoid backwaters. Prune it occasionally to shape its top crown.

Summing up when talking about houseplants it is necessary to remember that there should be recreated conditions as close as possible to those present in a natural and temperate environment: they suffer both for direct heat and for air currents, it is not recommended to exaggerate in watering them and the above part of their top soil has to be kept under control as it can be subject to backwater moulds. Finally remember to manure once in a while.

And when good season is back do a step by step shift to the outside.

Credits: ProBuild Garden CenterThangaraj KumaravelQuimbayaconiferconiferAndy / Andrew Fogg.

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