Easter is almost upon us, as is Administrative Professionals Week – and Mother’s Day won’t be far behind! Flowering and green plants are a popular choice for these special occasions, as well as many others throughout the year. With over 300,000 varieties of plants we couldn’t possibly list out all of the care requirements, so we decided to choose three of our favorite easy care options. Give us a call if you have any questions, and let our experts guide you to choosing – and successfully maintaining – these beautiful plants.
Since it can’t tolerate cold temperatures, the Schefflera plant (also known as an umbrella plant or Arboricola, shown above) is a good choice for a large, lush indoor variety. The Schefflera plant exhibits an abundance of deep green leaves and makes a great addition to either home or office. It drought tolerant and will not grow well in soaking wet soil. You can water as needed, but it is better to give it too little water rather than too much. The Schefflera will thrive indoors in sun or partial shade, and because of its indoor status, only needs infrequent feedings of a water-soluble or a time-release houseplant fertilizer.
The Kalanchoe plant (shown above) is perhaps the prettiest of the succulents. Kalanchoes are easy to cultivate and require a minimum of care. It can be easily grown indoors in temperatures between 60 F and 85F, but it is exceptionally sensitive to cold – just a few hours in 40-degree temperatures will kill it. Therefore a potted kalanchoe makes sense as a houseplant or can be kept outside warm months.
This plant loves and requires plenty of light to grow, but avoid direct sunlight in summer, even indoors. (Direct sunlight from fall till early spring will not harm your plant) Provide plenty of water when the soil seems dry to the touch but do not overwater because the roots will rot. Kalanchoes can withstand dry conditions, but if they go too long without water, their growth will be compromised. These blooming plants can be enjoyed for years to come – when the flowers start to die, simply cut them off and reduce watering. Soon new buds will signal that your plant is ready to flower again.
Perhaps the queen of the blooming plants is the phalaenopsis orchid. And for all its exquisite beauty, it is very easy to care for. To keep your orchid looking exquisite, place it on a moderately bright windowsill (or similar location). It will only require water when it begins to dry out, usually every 7-10 days. Fertilize your plants with a product made specifically for orchids, and repot with fresh mix when the bloom is done.
There may be many blooming plants to choose from, but there is only one choice in Evansville for the highest quality flowers and plants – Zeidler’s Flowers. Give us a call or stop by today, and we will help you to fill your home with gorgeous color and beauty.