Autumn season is ideal to care about your houseplant or maybe do plant some new one. Let your home be full with blooming houseplants and keep the magic of flowers.
Gloxinia can be easily grown from seed which is often easier for beginners than mastering the art of propagation by tuber or leaf. Gloxinia require very bright, indirect light in order to bloom and do not like intense, direct sunlight. On plant stands I use two fluorescent tubes and place plants 10 to 12 inches from the lights for 14 – 16 hrs. per day. Growing under lights keeps plants from getting “scraggly” or leggy from uneven light conditions and ensures that they receive enough light to bloom freely.Water gloxinias often enough to keep the soil moist. The leaves develop brown spots if they get wet, so apply the water directly to the soil under the leaves. If allowed to dry out, gloxinias go dormant. Use a high-phosphorus liquid plant food every two weeks on your flowering gloxinia houseplant.
Rieger begonias are called winter-flowering begonias, since they require cool temperatures and short days to bloom. Nevertheless, growers can produce them year-round with the use of blackout curtains and temperature controls. As they decline after flowering, Rieger begonias, also known as elatior begonias, are often trashed. When given a dormant period, however, the old plant — or new cuttings taken from it — can be induced to flower the following winter, if not earlier.
Purchase a Rieger begonia in late autumn or early winter if possible, since it is easiest to maintain the proper conditions at that time of year. Place it in a cool room that remains dark in the evening, so it will continue to experience short days and long nights, and keep the plant away from the illumination of streetlights that might disrupt that cycle. Give it an east- or west-facing window where it will only get sunlight for part of the day.
Hibiscus plants are known for their large, colorful flowers. These blossoms can make a decorative addition to a home or garden, but they also have medicinal uses. The flowers and leaves can be made into teas and liquid extracts that can help treat a variety of conditions.Hibiscus flowers come in many colors. They can be red, yellow, white, or peach-colored, and can be as big as 6 inches wide. The most popular variety is Hibiscus sabdariffa. The red flowers of this variety are most commonly cultivated for medical purposes, and are available as dietary supplements.