For Carmen’s final gardening video of 2020, she shows us some plants that bring color indoors. Pink poinsettias and paper whites (aka narcissus) are very easy to maintain through the winter and are ‘disposable’ come spring – Carmen suggests adding them to the compost pile.
If you’re up for more of a challenge, Carmen suggests cyclamen, a flowering plant that does well in a bright room with little water. They go dormant in the summer and can be brought back the following winter.
She also demonstrates how to plant two types of bulbs tat will grow beautiful flowers. Amaryllis is a large tropical bulb you can purchase to grow show-stopper flowers indoors. You want to search for the biggest bulb possible, for multiple stalks and flowers. Carmen shows us how to properly plant and support the bulb with pea gravel and stakes to ensure it grows successfully. They’ll bloom in about 8-10 weeks from planting.
An even more challenging bulb to grow is hyacinth. It needs a cold period after planting in order to bloom into colors like purple, pink, and white come early spring.
Finally, Carmen shows us a plant that’s new in her indoor rotation: ardisia crenata (aka spice berry). This festive looking indoor plant is perfect for the holidays!