Spring Flowers - Inside

'Here it is, dear'

Besides the transformation on the outside of our homes during this time of year, there is also one taking place on the inside also, and a small voice just told me that if I was to write on the outside flowers something or someone was going to request that I do the same for the flowers on the inside. Well, guess what, “Here it is, dear“, thus the title of the current hub…

Bleeding Heart double violet
Bleeding Heart double violet

never watered from the top...

Last year about this time one of my first hubs was entitled Nurturing African Violets, and it’s true that African Violets, as well as other inside plants do go thru a transition similar to the one that the outside flowers and plants do, just not as drastic or metamorphic necessarily. With the increased sunlight during the early spring days the plants recognize that it’s time to grow and bud out once again. Some of the plants can even be moved outside the house during the spring and summer months, but sadly, the African Violets cannot unless they are somehow shielded from the increase in moisture ever-present outdoors. The leaves are very delicate and susceptible to leaf-rot even if a single drop of water touches them you risk losing the entire plant. That’s why African Violets must be watered from the bottom and never watered from the top. Plus, by watering any plant from the bottom causes the plants to reach or grow down toward the water, deeper in the soil thus strengthening the root structure.

some of Deb's prize African Violets

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Peace Lily
Peace Lily

make cuttings and then restart...

Though the African Violet is probably the most popular house plant, it is by no means the only one. My wife has much success with the Peace Lily also, and unlike those in the violet family the Peace Lily can survive the outside air very nicely during warm weather but prefers filtered light. In direct sunlight the leaves will sunburn and the plant will not survive if left in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. We shorten our Dracaena “Tricolor’ last year and was able to start three new plants from it. This year the Dieffenbachia or ‘dumb-cane’ will receive the same treatment. As the plants outgrow their pots we just make cuttings and then restart four or five new ones. We can always give the new plants away to family and friends and that way we don’t acquire more of an inventory than we are able to accommodate.

Hibiscus blooming indoors

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blooms are much smaller when kept inside...


Of course we have plenty of Philodendron (all varieties) it seems and many different Begonias that we save over the winter in our garage and bring back to life after their dormancy along with three or more varieties/colors of hibiscus that we just cut back and repot each spring which is just like starting out with a new plant. One hibiscus that we were in doubt of surviving the cold last year was kept in our upstairs bedroom and bloomed a few time during the winter months. We find the blooms are much smaller when kept inside under artificial means, but at least we are able to save the plants. Our Euphorbia milii or ‘Crown of Thorns’ has already noticed the increase in daylight and is starting to put out new bracts as the old winter foliage is dying back and dropping off. If left indoors the flowering bracts will appear a bright pink but as we take the plants out after all danger of frost is gone the petals will turn a crimson or blood red thus the name ‘Crown of Thorns’ or ‘Christ plant’.

African Violets are easy to care for...

new additions to our seemingly endless collection…

As you can see my wife and I love to work with our flowers. We look forward each spring to working with the various types which we have kept within our families for a few generations now. Of course we are always watchful for any new species or oddities that just happens to catch our eye, ever looking for new additions to our seemingly endless collection…

© 2011 SamSonS

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Great Hub and wonderful pictures!


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poorconservative1 5 years ago

I love these pictures. I showed them to my wife. She says thank You.

Thanks

Chuck


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suncat 5 years ago

I love these flowers. Beautiful and very easy to grow inside a room.

Reminds me of my childhood too, I always had lots of pots with them and shared them with my friends because they are easy to start just by planting a leaf.

Wonderful hub :)


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Will for your kind comments...

*and thank you poorconsevative, for your gracious remarks...

*thanks suncat for the follow and for sharing your kind remarks and reminisce...


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samsons1: Thank you I vote this UP and BEAUTIFUL. I love looking at flowers and blants, but I have a "Black Thumb" therefore I do not have flowers inside or outside our apartment.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Dave for your gracious comments. Flowers were definitely placed here for our enjoyment as we see His power and grace within their design and fragrance. I'm sure your abilities are not as bad as you say; if so, let your wife grow them and you just enjoy her talents and their beauty...


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

This is really good info....I will pass this on to my wife


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks CMerritt for stopping by and for your kind comments...


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Beautiful hub. Love your pictures. I do not have much luck with African violets myself, but my sister did. However, I like geraniums and have 11 pots of them in a row on my living room window. I have also just one peace lify blooming. I love plants and my living and dining rooms are cluttered with pots of Christmas cacti, mother-in-law's tongue, etc. I miss the garden before I came to Canada.

When the weather is warmer, I put them out in the balcony.


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

Beautiful flowers, so nice you enjoy them together:) Not many men, would take on keeping flowers with their spouse. Thanks for sharing:)


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*Thanks einron, for your gentle spirit and your encouraging comments...

*and thank you heart4theword, for your inspiring comments.

blessings...


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

samson, now I know why some of my plants say to water from the bottom. Thank you for the info on spring flowers

Tina


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Tina, for your gracious comments; I'll pass them on to the boss, my wife - I learn from her...


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Your wife has an 'African violet green thumb'...she grows them so easily. Enjoyed seeing how to make new ones on the video too. That was interesting also. Thanks.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thanks frogyfish for stopping by and also for your fine comments. Also for reminding me to write a sequel to this one with new pictures and information...

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