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Six Easy-to-Grow Colorful Blooming Plants to Enliven your Indoor Space

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

Abutilon 'Red Tiger'  (Abutilon hybrid)

Abutilon ‘Red Tiger’ (Abutilon hybrid)

As we prepare for winter and the colder days ahead, there are some colorful plants that can help ease the transition from one season to the next. While your outdoor plants are going to sleep for the winter, these indoor beauties are just waking up and putting on a festive floral show.
Some of our most colorful and favorite everblooming plants are:

1- Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)- Most of our Cape Primroses will bloom 12 months of the year and several varieties, like our ‘Purple Panda,’ have outstanding two-toned flowers. Plus, their long velvety leaves are welcome greenery to the contrasting fall colors outside. Our newest variety, called ‘Roulette Cherry,’ has flowers that majestically rise above the foliage on elegant flower stems. Give these beauties partial sun to bright indirect light and do not get water on their leaves and they will delight your senses year-round.

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Logee’s Plant Hospital

Plants on a window rack

Plants returned and brought back to life.

Our customer service staff in our office has become the new plant doctors for returned plants. Plants that are returned to the office are usually sent to undeliverable addresses. Sometimes, the boxes have been on the road for two weeks or more and it’s amazing how resilient many of these plants are. Take a look!

Kim, one of our customer service representatives pays close attention to the plants.

Sometimes Kim re-pots the plants into a terra-cotta clay pot, but first she lets them acclimate from the stress before doing anything. Although, watering the plants is usually the first action after unpacking the plants from usually crushed boxes.

Kim holds a Crown of Thorns “Gerold’s Spurge” (Euphorbia geroldii)

Recently unpacked from its long postal journey, this nearly indestructible plant has a few leaves left and even a flower on its stem. It will eventually look like this.

Crown of Thorns “Gerold’s Spurge” (Euphorbia geroldii) full grown specimen.

Ashley, our customer service supervisor hides behind this Aloe Plant.

Aloe vera plant thriving.

The Aloe plant has been repotted since it was in a 2.5 inch pot and is in an 8-inch pot now. The little plant in the 4-inch pot is Crassula lycopodiodes and is also doing quite well.

Max Fisher, our graphic designer is even caring for plants.

He has an Angel Wing Begonia in hand called ‘My Special Angel’. This Begonia is in need of more light, evident by the leggy appearance. Plus, it is in need of more fertilizer to darken up the leaves. The light green color of the leaves usually means a lack of feed.

Shawn, our accounting assistant, has several plants on her desk.

The green leafed plant is Scarlet Leadwort (Plumbago indica) and the silver leaf with red is Begonia ‘Raspberry Swirl’. The Begonia is in need of higher light levels so the color of the leaves will intensify. Look at what the mature specimens will turn into.

Scarlet Leadwort (Plumbago indica) is a vigorous grower and likes full sun.

Begonia 'Raspberry Swirl' does well in dry conditions and likes higher light levels to achieve better leaf color.

Agave 'Black Widow' and Agave 'Porcupine' survived the postal stress with ease.

Agave ‘Black Widow’ on the right and Agave ‘Porcupine’ on the left grow on an office desk far away from any window. Although, succulents like full sun, these are still thriving in less than optimal conditions.

Valerie, another one of our customer service representatives cradles a Christmas Cactus.

She’s hoping it will look like the Christmas Cactus in our retail office and with all the tender loving care our office gives, these renegade plants have a great chance of not only surviving but thriving.

Christmas Cactus (Schulmbergera Cristen) full grown in our retail office.


Filed under Agave 'Porcupine', angel wing begonia, Begonia 'My Special Angel', Euphorbia, Schlumbergera 'Cristen', succulents