Our gorgeous potted plants are the gift that keeps on giving. While floral arrangements are often more colourful, a potted plant will have a lifespan wel beyond those of cut flowers, even though some cut flowers can last well. To make the most of your potted plant, and to keep it looking it's best for years to come, read how your plant responds best.
While chrysanthemum plants can tolerate direct sun, they prefer cooler temperates so be wary of heat during summer months.
Keep soil moist, but not wet. Water frequently in summer. Keep water away from the leaves to prevent fungal infections.
Remove dead flowers to encourage reblooming and keep the plant in optimal health. Mums need a temperature of 15°-12° C to set and bloom new flowers, so 'wintering' the plant in the right conditions is required to get new blooms.
Ensure good air flow and avoid high humidity areas.
Gorgeous plants, with their brighter flowers and hardy nature, Kalanchoes are a great option for those who'd prefer a low maintenance plant option. A little water deprivation won't hurt these plants - although they aren't a cactus so don't leave them too long without water.
Keep them in a bright spot - direct sunlight is fine.
Water infrequently - wait until the first few centimetres of soil have dried out.
Avoid getting water on the leaves as this can lead to blemishes and rot. Bottom watering can help but don't let them sit in water for extended periods of time.
Snip dead flowers carefully to encourage them to bloom again. And remember, they are a perenial succulent so will bloom again after the initial flowers have died back.
Taking care of your winter flowering Cyclamen Plant
Cyclamen Plants like a cooler, bright spot out of direct sunlight.
Keep the soil moist but be careful not to overwater. Ideally the top of the soil will be allowed to dry between waters. Bottom watering is best in order to keep water away from the leaves which may promote rot & fungus.
To ensure it flowers again, the cyclamen will need to go 'dormant'. Deadhead old flowers and reduce watering over the summer.
Cyclamens don't require too much feeding - to do so will encourage leaf growth rather than flowers.
Ferns are happiest in a cool place with high humidity and indirect light. Keep away from direct sunlight.
Boston ferns like damp soil - Keep the soil moist but not wet.
Remove spent fern fronds and fertilise regularly to encourage new growth.
Turn your plant at each watering so it doesn't grow 'lopsided', especially if it's located in a corner spot.
Bulbs (Iris, Tulips, Lilies and more)
If you're given a flowering bulb, you can 'winter' your bulbs and enjoy your flowers again next year. A lot of indoor plant bulbs actually prefer being moved outdoors once they've flowered once indoors. Each bulb type has it's own preferences, and while growing bulbs is not difficult, you should research the steps involved with storing, wintering, potting and flowering as there is more involved than we have room for here.