Winter sometimes seems to drag on endlessly, taking our usually sunny dispositions with it. These winter flowering plants are guaranteed to add springtime beauty and fragrance to your home to help you get through the long and dreary months of winter.
Cyclamen: Under the right conditions, the effortless and vibrant cyclamen plant will bloom indoors from December to April. A controlled climate, ample fresh air, a bright corner without too much direct sunlight, and consistently moist soil all play a part in its survival. Pour water into the soil daily (but not on the plant itself—that will cause the corm to rot), and mist its leaves. Place the plant on a tray of pebbles in water for additional humidity. The cyclamen’s corm will go dormant in April. At that point, you can gradually reduce watering and put the plant in a cooler, darker place before replanting it in the garden. By mid-summer, new leaves will develop.
Jasmine: Do the winter months make you long for the sweet scent of jasmine? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that the plant is easy to grow indoors. Unlike most others on this list, jasmine does well in direct, but limited, sunlight. It can tolerate up to four hours in autumn and a little less in winter. Despite this, temperatures must remain somewhat cool for jasmine to thrive indoors, and good air circulation is essential to the health of the plant. High-quality soil should be kept moist, but not soggy, and less water is needed when the plant is not flowering. Please note: Certain jasmine plants are not fragrant nor do they all bloom, so stick with Jasminum polyanthum for that springtime scent and bloom you remember.
See the 3 other winter flowers to grow in 5 Must-Have Flowers For Winter Survival, pp. 40-42 of the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac.