Why grow houseplants?

At this time of year, when there’s ice and snow all around, you can really appreciate the sanctuary that is our modern house. We don’t have a sunroom, so we don’t have the tropics indoors here, but we have windowsills, and even some plants that can survive away far from the sunlight. Most of my houseplants are the stalwart standard; pothos, snake plant, peace lily, etc., but I have a special love of flowers and for a brief month in winter, nothing beats an orchid. They aren’t especially hard to grow, better to underwater a tad than overwater, you hardly notice them most of the year, but wow, what a miracle in February!

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4 Responses to “Why grow houseplants?”

  1. Very pretty! Do most orchids only bloom in the winter though?

    • Different orchids bloom at different times of the year. You can go to specialty orchid sellers and buy what’s currently blooming, or research orchids to find what you’re looking for. There’s nothing like going to a local orchid grower and admiring what’s in bloom in their greenhouses. Even if you don’t want to or can’t buy something at this cold time of year, you can always make a note of what caught your eye and pick it up when the weather warms. (Plus it’s a good excuse to get another flower fix.) One great source in the U.S. is Orchids by Hausermann, they sometimes list bloom time in their online catalog.

  2. Most orchids need warmer weather than we have here (zone 5), though there are a few temperate terrestrial orchids like ladyslippers that can grow outside. In a controlled environment like a greenhouse, there are many species and hybrids that can be grown from around the world that could give you blooms for a good part of the year, if you have the room to grow that many. I just have a couple on the windowsill that can take the conditions in the house, so as much as I would love to have orchids flowering year round, I just have a couple that bloom in the winter when their blooms are most treasured.

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