Flowers, we love them, everyone loves them. Yes, even that girlfriend that said “Oh I really don’t like flowers” likes flowers and wants you to get them for her. However, the sad thing about flowers, is that they don’t live forever. You know what lives forever? Plants. Well maybe not forever, but for a very very very long time if we know how to take care of them. And do you know what some plants give us? FLOWERS!!! And when we have plants that live a long time and can produce flowers, we can have flowers all the time, or at least often. The question now is what plants should we get that will yield flowers and how do we take care of them? Our favorites are Phalaenopsis Orchid, African violet, and Peace Lily plants.
Most people cringe at the thought of taking care of an orchid plant. They think they are difficult to maintain. We assure you, they are not. In fact they are so low maintenance you might even forget that you have them. Especially Phalaenopsis Orchids are the least needy of all orchids that you will be surprised how they manage to survive after so much neglect. They need medium indirect light and need to be watered once a week and be allowed to dry out completely before watering, which makes them perfect for those of us that tend to forget our plants or those that travel often. If you need to re-pot (when the roots start vacating their current home) make sure to add some new moist moss and bark chips to the new pot and you will not need to add fertilizers (score!). The plant should bloom 2-3 times a year; and once the flowers die cut the stem about 3-4 inches from the pot to allow a new healthy stem or stems to sprout out. Sometimes new stems will spring out of the “joints” of the old one, and when that happens do a happy dance for the bonus blooms.
African violets are another that requires little to no attention. They do not need direct sunlight but need to be in a well-lit area so that they keep blooming. Water the plant properly when soil is dry but be sure to let it drain well. Fertilize every so often and when re-potting. African violets bloom quite often and quite prettily and they are the perfect size for small office spaces.
Peace Lily plants or Spathiphyllum as the professionals like to call them, are a broad-leafed green plant that spring out some white blooms that look like a cross between an anthurium and a lily. And we think anyone capable of killing a Peace Lily plant should just give up on owning a plant all together. They require indirect light and need to be placed in an area that is neither too hot nor too cold, therefore, a perfect indoor plant. Keep the soil moist and never let it dry out.
By the way, just in case you were wondering, we have all those plants. In fact, all the plants we have are indoor plants.