Winter Flowers and Plants

Winter Flowers and Plants

Amaryllis Flower

Amaryllis Flower (Hippeastrum) grows around the winter holidays. This winter flower is mainly grown as a house plant, it can also be grown outdoors in areas with no frost.

They are a very beautiful looking plant. The stems grow about 2 feet high, and on top of the stems are lovely trumpet shaped flowers.

Amaryllis Flower

Amaryllis Flower

Each large stem supports about 3 to 6 clusters of flowers. The flowers come in shades of white, red or pink. They are very soft looking colors and that is part of what makes this a beautiful plant.

These plants grow from Amaryllis bulbs. You can order them in the fall so that they will be grown by Christmas. You should begin to grow the Amaryllis bulbs by mid-October.

How to Plant an Amaryllis Bulb

Plant your Amaryllis bulbs in a pot that is about 8 – 10 inches deep. Once your Amaryllis bulbs are planted, they take about 6 weeks to be fully grown.

Amaryllis care is important so cover the bulbs with soil until all you see is about the top 1/3rd of the bulbs. Water them only a little bit until the shoots begin to show. Then water them more regularly.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis

When the flower begins to grow, place it in a window that gets ample sun. Spin the vase around so that it gets sun on all sides, and also so it grows straight.

You do not need to stake this plant, because the stem grows very thick.

Amaryllis Lifespan

The usual amaryllis lifespan is about a month to six weeks. The Amaryllis bulbs last several years if taken care of properly.

Amaryllis Flower Care

When Amaryllis begins to die in the winter, cut down the huge stem and keep the leaves in place. The leaves will help to keep the bulb nourished.

Feed the Amaryllis flower with an all-purpose fertilizer once every two weeks. Move the plant outdoors for the summer. Water it regularly and now you have a summer plant as well!

Stop watering the plant as much once the summer has ended. When the plant seems to die off, move the pot indoors to a cool dark place. Think a basement, or a crawl space.

In a few month shoots will reappear. Then it is time to move the plant back to the window.

Continue this sequence and your Amaryllis will keep you happy for many years to come.

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Holly Bush

Holly Bush (Ilex) is the December birth month flower. What better flower to have for the month of December then than this? It is a very important plant for the month of December, and especially at Christmas time. Who doesn’t love to decorate their home with these leaves at Christmas?

This is a shrub that grows outdoors all year round. Berries in colors of red, black, or yellow grow among sharp pointy leaves.

Holly Bush

Holly Bush

One of the great things about the Ilex plant is that it is virtually maintenance free. Besides being easy to care for, they grow to become lovely full shrubs.

The only caring they need is to be pruned back when they get too bushy. You will have to decide when your plant needs to be pruned.

This shrub is a very different kind of shrub. It comes in both male and female versions. Holly bushes grow berries, and for a good set, you need to have both, male and female bushes.

There are many different species of this plant. There are hundreds of different varieties for you to choose from depending on region and climate. Like I said, there are also male and female varieties, and both are needed to grow fruits.

The leaves of the plant are dark green, waxy, and have sharp points on the edges. The leaves are thick and pointy to help deter bugs and animals from attacking the shrub. Flowers can grow from this bush, and usually will grow towards the end of spring and into the beginning of summer.

If you want to grow a bush in your yard, you can plant them in a spot that is very sunny, or had some shade. They need to be planted in rich soil that is well drained.

You can begin to grow this plant in the spring, summer, or early fall. If you choose to plant it in the summer, make sure you are watering it daily.

They usually begin to grow during the second season after planting, and reach their full growth in about 5 or 6 years.

Continue to enjoy your plant year after year. They can be a little reminder of Christmas time all throughout the year!

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Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) is a winter shrub that has a very nice fragrance due to its yellow/reddish flowers. You usually do not see this shrub growing until towards the end of winter.

This plant can get as tall as 20 feet! Though some can also only reach about 6 feet high. Though whichever height your Witch Hazel tree grows to, they are a pretty tall shrub!!

Witch Hazel Tree

Witch Hazel Tree

The flowers on this plant are a yellowy/reddish color that resembles dry noodles.

They look crisp and delicate. They are very skinny and look as though they could snap in half if touched.

Plant this shrub in well drained, rich soil and watch it grow to its optimal height.

They can be planted in sun or in shade. Either one will work for this tree like shrub.

If you wish to have the wonderful scent of the flowers in your home, then simply cut off a few branches, once fully grown, and bring them inside.

Enjoy this fragrant shrub from the end of winter to the beginnings of spring.

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Winter Aconite

Winter Aconite (Eranthis) resembles a Crocus mixed with Buttercups. This flower grows in the later winter months.

They are a small flower, reaches only about 3-4 inches tall, that covers the ground in the end of winter. The bright yellow color really brightens up the dark winter months.

Winter Aconite

Winter Aconite

They are a bell shaped flower that’s petals open like a tulips would. I like to think of this flower as a small tulip!

Along with the bright yellow flowers grow small dark green leaves. The leaves are almost as tall as the flowers, meaning not very tall at all!

If you have planted this flower in your winter garden, you will see that it can grow in almost any soil type. As long as it has good drainage. Which let’s face it, a majority of flowers need well drained soil to grow.

They do however like shade rather than sun. Plant your bulbs in August or September and they should be ready to grow by winters end.

Bury the bulbs about 3 inches deep and space each bulb about 2 – 3 inches apart.

This is a very low maintenance type of winter flower. The kind I especially like! Once you plant the bulbs, they wil grow. You don’t have to worry about dividing or cutting back this plant at all.

They sow their own seeds and spread out as they grow. This is definitely one of the easiest flowers to grow outdoors in the winter.

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Squill

Squill are bulb plants that grow in the winter months. When they bloom they spread out quite rapidly. They cover the ground and look like a light blue carpet. They are pretty enough to warm up the coldest of winter days.

While some varieties of this plant grow in the spring, Persian Squill grows during the winter. Since they are a ground covering flower, they grow close to the ground reaching only about 5 inches in height.

Squill Flower

Squill Flower

The leaves are almost as high as the flower itself. They are a bright green color and look like broad spears of grass. As I’ve said above, the flowers are a light blue, but they have a darker blue stripe on each petal.

Each flower is composed of six petals that are bell shaped. The petals are thin and delicate.

If you have decided that this is the right plant for your winter garden, they are very easy to plant and grow. They require very little maintenance.

Plant the bulbs in a shady spot in loamy soil that is well drained. Dig a hole about 3 inches deep and space the bulbs about 3-4 inches apart.

Plant them in the fall so that they will be ready to grow in the winter.

That’s about all you have to do. Once the bulbs are planted, they take care of themselves. Just relax and take a peek out the window when you need some cheering up. The crisp look of this plant will have you thinking of spring in no time.

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