Jan. 12, 2017, Guelph, Ont. – As temperatures lower and nights get longer, there is nothing like a beautiful blooming plant to brighten the home.
“The colder months have been known to quickly turn from winter wonderland, to dreary and grey,” says Dejan Kristan, marketing director at pickOntario. “Adding some indoor plants and flowers to your home is a great way to put a little spring back in your step.”
While many Canadians are looking to flee the winter months, pickOntario has put together a list of beautiful flowers and potted plants that will add a touch of nature to your home, and make you feel just as happy as if you were under the hot Mexican sun. They even included some ‘TLC’ tips…
Cut Flower Bouquet (mixed): Ontario grown cut flower bouquets are available anytime with many local cut flowers available year-round. Ontario sourced cut flower bouquets can include wonderful fresh flowers such as tulips, gerbera daisies, cut chrysanthemums, snapdragons, spray roses and alstroemeria. They can add amazing life and colour to brighten up any room, no matter the time of year. It is important to change the water in the vase the flowers sit in every two days to maximize the life and vibrancy of the flowers.
Amaryllis (potted): The fragrant, six-petal blossoms are typically red, but there are variations that can also be pink, white and a striped. Amaryllis are often available around November/December and a great option if you are looking for something different. Place under bright light and water lightly at first. Once the flowering stem emerges, increase the amount of water – however, don’t let the pot sit in its own water.
Anthurium (cut): Cut Anthurium are heart-shaped and have a colourful spike (spadix) coming up from the centre of the flower. Anthurium are sold as stems, and often used as the centerpieces for arrangements because of their size. To get the most from your tropical anthurium, place under as much direct light as possible, and spritz the blossom daily with cool water. Keep the water in the vase fresh, replacing every few days ensuring that the water level is near the top of the vase.
Potted chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemum come in a wide variety of colours, flower shapes and sizes. Both the potted plants and cut flowers are available year-round and make a great addition to any room and can last for prolonged periods. Chrysanthemums like to be placed under bright light and evenly watered.
Spring bedding plants: Winter doesn’t last forever so it is never too early to start thinking about getting the most out of your indoor garden. Ontario greenhouses produce a wide diversity of annual bedding plants such as begonias, geraniums, petunias, mandevilla vines and zinnias. If space is limited, think about hanging baskets that often have multiple plants in one container. Because there are hundreds of different bedding plants, it is important to find the right locations for light exposure and available moisture.
“Adding a little greenery or some colourful flowers to your home really brings in a feeling of warmth and life,” adds Dejan. “During the winter months, when all we see are bare trees and snow, indoor plants can really go a long way.”
For more information, please visit www.pickontario.ca. Follow @pickOntario on Twitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook.
Pick Ontario is a comprehensive marketing communications campaign developed by Flowers Canada (Ontario) Ltd. to raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants.
Launched at the Grocery Innovations Tradeshow in October 2007, the fully integrated strategy includes PR, media relations and outdoor advertising initiatives intended to promote the reasons why consumers and retailers should Pick Ontario.
When you Pick Ontario, you are supporting the more than 200 greenhouse farmers who employ over 7,000 people in our province.