January bloom search

Depending on where you live, it can take a treasure hunt to find something blooming during the middle of winter.  Some people go south to find color – the Caribbean, for instance, would be a brilliant treasure trove right about now.  Other people (like me) stay close to home and go out to greenhouses to find blooms.  And we’re the lucky ones who can sometimes bring blooming things back home.

Winter in a cold climate is tough season for houseplants though.  Most indoor heat is too dry for humidity loving plants to thrive.  There are things we can do to mitigate the dryness though, and our bodies (the insides of our noses, elbow skin…) might appreciate the effort as much as the plants.  Place bowls or kettles of water on stoves/heaters/radiators – you’d be surprised how quickly the water evaporates.  Keep your plants in dishes filled with pebbles and a little water – only make sure that the plant is not left in standing water unless that’s the culture it prefers.  And get more plants!  The more plants you have, the more humid your home will be because plants transpire out the water they have taken in.  That’s why walking into a full greenhouse feels so good this time of year.  Sounds skeevy to say it but we crave plants’ moist breath.

Some plants like these Camellias really need more humidity that the average warm home can provide.  Logee’s Greenhouse website recommends 50% humidity and nights below 60 degrees (down to 35) for the plants to be healthy and set buds.  Other than that they’re easy – they only need partial sun, water when dry and they don’t want fertilizer.  (That’s my kind of plant.)

Gail and I and a friend took a quick last minute trip to Logee’s in Danielson, CT earlier this week.  Even if you live with or work in a greenhouse like we do, it’s good to get out and breathe in another.  And that one is amazing.  It’s full of venerable specimens and ginormous stock plants growing, flowering and fruiting like miracles out of the floor.  If you can get there, do!  And, of course, if you’re near to here, you’re more than welcome to stop by our chilly but deliciously humid greenhouses for a breather too – the door is open!  (Figuratively speaking – it’s still wicked cold outside!)

Many thanks as always to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for keeping us searching for blooms the middle of every month.  Where did you find blooms this month?

4 thoughts on “January bloom search

  1. Hi Kris,

    Great blooms..thank you for the info on Camellias…I was so tempted to get a few at the big box store but knew that with this arctic madness they would just die! Really,this cedar glade garden cannot provide a camellia with acid soil! LIkewise houseplants…I can’t give them the light, humidity and other things they need. You know I need a friend with a big empty green house! Must add that to the list! Take care Kris!

    gail

    Gail, they do seem like tricky plants but given the right conditions I guess they’re easy. I actually got a little sick of them when I lived in Seattle. Imagine being bored with something that blooms in the middle of winter! What was wrong with me? -kris

  2. Hi Kris,

    The lovely blooms make me want that moist breath! The best I can do with adding humidity around my plants is to keep them in the kitchen and boil lots of pasta.

    Happy GBBD!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    Thanks, Annie – And that’s a great way to humidify the house – can’t believe I didn’t think to list it. Aren’t we all inclined to carbo-load over the winter too… Perfect! -kris

  3. Humidity is really challenging for my indoors plants, as is light. Humidity is a bit easier as I have a decently lit bathroom in which an arrangement of orchids, ferns, irish moss and a dwarf begonia seem happy in. Still, they’re on a pebble tray and get mistings daily and I still worry about humidity levels–I live in Utah, after all. I don’t grow a lot of things I would love to get from Logee’s need more light than they’d get just from just a windowsill. As for getting more plants, I have enough already as people leave me foundlings all the time.

    Susan, Your bathroom would probably be my favorite room! And I would imagine the dry cold of Utah would be an added challenge to indoor gardening. We enjoy (?) a damp chill here… -kris

  4. Good advice on adding humidity. The more plants the better. I am planning to order some plants from Logee’s for my terrarium, once it is warm enough to ship them to me.

    Thanks for a very helpful bloom day post!

    Thank you, Carol for hosting GBBD. And have fun dreaming about your terrarium – hope it warms enough for shipping soon! -kris

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