Winter doesn’t have to be gray and dreary as there are plenty of winter flowers to brighten up this cold season of the year without having to wait until spring.
Perhaps what dampens our spirits are the few hours of natural light that winter has since it is characterized by having short days and long nights. For this the best remedy is to color these days with some pretty flowers that will lift our spirits.
Here is a list of some of the most popular winter flowers that you can grow or buy.
- Camellia: Camellia japonica. The fundamental thing you should know about camellia is that it does not like alkaline soils or calcareous or saline waters that cause the tips of its leaves to dry out and the plant does not bloom. Put it in the shade until it is large enough to withstand direct sun. Fertilize it with special fertilizer for acidophilic plants and once a year apply iron chelate.
- Cyclamen: Cyclamen persicum. It is a plant that adapts perfectly to the cold and the lack of direct sun. Always place it outdoors, preferably facing south and receiving at least a couple of hours of sun. Water it 3 times a week without wetting its leaves. In the flowering season, fertilize it once a month, the plant will thank you by blooming throughout the fall and winter.
- Carnation: Dianthus caryophyllus. It is a very grateful plant to have on a sunny terrace. With its wide variety of colors, very attractive compositions can be formed. It is commonly used to make bouquets so another alternative to enjoy your flowers is to go to suppliers of natural cut flowers. However, if you want to know how to care for the plant, follow these tips. You should water it once a week in winter and about 3 times in summer. If it does not give flowers, move the plant where the sun hits it and fertilize it once a month.
- Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemum x morifolium. Perhaps it is a flower that many people avoid because it produces a sadness associated with All Saints Day. This circumstance is not accidental since the chrysanthemum is in all its splendor at that time. However, it is a very beautiful and resistant plant with which you can form robust flower beds with flowers of different colors or decorate a balcony with several pots of chrysanthemums. Regarding its care, it needs watering almost daily in summer and once a week in winter. Fertilize it once a month throughout the year, except in winter, and you will have perfect chrysanthemums.
- Geranium or mallow: Pelargonium x hortorum. A very resistant plant, although it has a great enemy: the geranium butterfly. It requires that you place it outside in full sun and that you protect it from frost. Water it almost daily in summer and once a week in winter, always avoiding waterlogging. As for the compost, apply it once a month throughout the year, except in winter.
- Pansy: Viola x wittrockiana. Another winter flower that prefers a sunny or semi-sunny location. In addition, you need a substrate that is always moist, fertilized once a month. On the other hand, it can’t stand the heat or being indoors.
And many more winter flowers such as wallflower, snapdragon, calla lilies, calanchoe, calendula, durillo, gazania, meadow daisy, primrose, rhododendron, etc. that can make this season of the year happy and colorful.