Beautiful, blooming flowers indoors add an air of elegance to the holiday season. Cut flowers are short-lived and expensive for the short time they last. Save money by growing your own indoor flowers. Some blossoms require minimal maintenance while others need exacting care and conditions. Choose easy care paper white bulbs for a simple project. Dendrobium orchids are a bit more challenging, but a worthwhile indoor project for winter.
Paper white narcissus blooms
Paperwhite bulbs develop fragrant white flowers after a few weeks in water. These bulbs are not picky about sunlight when rooting and prefer cool, low light conditions. Paper white bulbs grow equally well when planted in soil or in a container lined with pebbles and water up to the base of the bulb. The actual bulb should not sit in water or soggy soil, as this may cause it to rot.
Roots develop quickly from the bottom basal plate of the bulb, with fragrant blooms to follow in 2 to 3 weeks. When roots appear, give the bulbs some bright, filtered light. To keep flowers short and compact, replace water with a solution of 7-1 vodka or gin.
Dendrobium orchid blooms
Orchids come in a range of varieties with a diversity of indoor care needs. The dendrobium orchid family offers a range of colors and specimens to fit the conditions existing within your home. If you want an unusual dendrobium and a quality plant to get started with orchid gardening, consider the Thai jasmine.