Four must-have indoor plants for a blooming house

Do you want to beat winter by flowering and decorating your home with indoor plants? Here are 4 original, and above all, easy maintenance options to put some color in your home.

The Great Bougainvillea – Bougainvillea spectabilis

  • Family: Nyctaginaceae
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Type: shrubby exotic plant
  • Habit: climbing
  • Height: 1 to 1.2 m (3 to 4 ft.) in cultivation
  • Width: 80 to 120 cm (32 to 50 inches) in cultivation
  • Foliage: semi-persistent
  • Flowering (bracts): pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, white
  • Exposure: a lot of light, sun
  • Soil: rich, neutral to acid, light
  • Minimum temperature: 3 ° C
  • Ideal temperature: above 18 ° C
  • Watering: dry soil in winter, moist soil in summer
  • Fertilization: regular inputs of fertilizer keeps its beautiful flowering

The Rat Tail Cactus – Disocactus flagelliformis

  • Family: Cactaceae
  • Origin: Mexico (Hidalgo, Oaxaca)
  • Type: epiphytic perennial cactus
  • Habit: downward
  • Height: 1 m (3 ft.)
  • Width: The stem is 2.5 cm (1 in.)
  • Foliage: bears prickles
  • Flowering: dark pink
  • Soil: well drained
  • Exposure: sunshine during the summer, but good exposure in winter
  • Minimum temperature: 3 ° C
  • Ideal temperature: above 10 ° C
  • Watering: cool during the summer, but the soil must dry between watering. Little or no watering indoors in the winter.
  • Fertilization: a liquid fertilizer once a month

Guzmania – Guzmania

  • Family: Bromeliads
  • Origin: Central and South America
  • Plant type: tropical perennial epiphyte
  • Habit: erect
  • Height: 60 cm (2 ft.)
  • Width: 40 cm (16 in)
  • Foliage: glazed
  • Flowering: red, yellow, orange and violet bracts.
  • Soil: well drained, neutral pH
  • Exposure: near a window inside for a bright, but dim light, not in the direct sun outside
  • Minimum temperature: 3 ° C
  • Ideal temperature: above 18 ° C
  • Watering: if the leaves turn yellow and brown, it is necessary to shower the plant, the leaves of this epiphytic plant must absorb a lot of water
  • Fertilization: fertilizer inputs into the irrigation water in spring and summer every three weeks

Flaming Katy – Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

  • Family: Crassulaceae
  • Origin: Madagascar
  • Type: perennial succulent
  • Habit: erect and bushy
  • Height: 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 inches)
  • Width: 38 to 45 cm (15 to 18 in)
  • Foliage: thick and shiny
  • Flowering: pink, yellow, orange, white, purple, two-tone hues
  • Soil: well drained, neutral pH
  • Exhibition: a sunny window
  • Minimum temperature: 10 ° C
  • Ideal temperature: 18 ° to 20 ° C
  • Watering: every 15 days, 10 days if there is a lot of heat, too much water causes root rot
  • Fertilization: fertilizer inputs every three weeks when the plant is flowering.