Country Woman’s winter Gardening Guide to Amaryllis, Gardenias and Cyclamen.
By Sarah Ehrhardt
If you read part 1 of our winter gardening guide, then you know that winter weather does not mean the end of your holiday plants. Moving along with our winter gardening guide, here are some other tips for caring for your floral favorites.
Flower Dossier: For all their beauty, gardenias are temperamental houseplants, sensitive to cool drafts, overheating and low humidity.
Tips to gardening Gardenias
- Temperatures under 70°, humidity around 50% and a little fresh air make for a happy plant.
- Misting your plant regularly can assure proper humidity. Several hours of morning sun followed by diffuse light the rest of the day is best. Gardenias prefer an eastern exposure.
- After it completes its blooming cycle, prune your plant a bit to keep it dense and neat. If you notice yellowing foliage, it may have an iron deficiency. Treat it with iron chelates (readily absorbed by plants), following label directions.
Flower Dossier: Cyclamen prefer diffuse light and lower night temperatures of around 50°. Placing them near a drafty east window may be perfect. If you continue to see buds develop, you’ll know you’ve chosen the right spot.
Tips to caring for Cyclamen
- Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy, to avoid basal rot. Soil should be almost (but not completely) dry before watering.
- When flowers cease and foliage begins to die, put the pot on its side in a cool, dry place until early September. Then keep checking the tuber for new growth. When it begins, place the plant back in its ideal growing location, and enjoy another season of blooms.