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Flowering Plants for Valentine's Day That Last!

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Skip the cut flowers this year

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Valentine’s Day is a popular time for cut flowers. Consider a flowering plant! The instant flowers are cut, they begin their journey towards death. With a flowering plant with heart-shaped leaves, the gift is just the beginning!

The cold-loving cyclamen is the perfect houseplant to brighten up February with its heart-shaped and colorful blossoms in Valentine colors of pink and red!

Cyclamen flower for several months indoors, as long as they are kept cool. When plants finish their bloom cycle, feed them with diluted water-soluble fertilizer so they put out more leaves to increase the size of their underground tuber. By June, plant go dormant, leaves die and tubers should be removed from pots to dry and store. They’ll bloom again the following winter.

Or, consider the hellebore. This lovely plant with its pastel flowers will bloom for months. After enjoying hellebore flowers, you can plant them outside when the ground thaws enough to dig a hole. They laugh at the cold and keep on blooming. See how to care for hellebore.

Other easily found flowering plants such as African violets and Peace Lilies bloom year-round indoors in the right light conditions. Neither need strong direct light, but do well in an east-facing window or a three or four feet away from the bright light of west and south windows.

Even orchids, particularly phaleonopsis, can be grown indoors throughout the year. Though, I get better flowering results if I put both outside in a sheltered northeast spot for the summer. 

Red-flowered Anthurium are perfect for Valentine’s Day, because the “flowers” (which are actually modified leaves) are heart shaped! 

Miniature roses are another good choice to give or receive as a token of love. Enjoy the blooms for several months by placing the plant in strong light. Deadhead spent flowers, fertilize and then wait until outdoor temperatures warm. The little flower powerhouses look terrific in containers on the patio or deck and do well in the ground in climates where temperatures don’t go below 10ºF in the winter.

All the plants I mentioned and more can be found at local garden centers or ordered from flower delivery services.

I’m hoping for red Anthurium this week. You can print out this article and leave it in a spot where your Valentine is certain to see it. Let me know what you receive or give (or pick up for yourself!).