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Growing flowers in pots can be a challenge. Many of the plants that produce flowers require particular conditions and many don't have everything they need in a small space. But don't be discouraged, as there are many species that won't hesitate to brighten up your life from a pretty pot. Meet the plants that flower all year round in pots.
Plants that flower in pots
It is a very hardy and easy to care for plant that produces very colourful 5-petalled flowers. You can get them in almost any colour, with red, white and pink being the most common.
They require moderate watering, but are more tolerant of over-watering than under-watering as they like moist conditions. They can be kept in pots, although they do prefer brightly lit sites.
Peace lilies or prayer flowers produce beautiful, minimalist, white flowers that have a wonderful serene air. They are easy to care for and also purify the air around them. Its smooth, glossy green leaves are also very aesthetically pleasing, so it will look beautiful even if it has no flowers.
This is a houseplant that requires a bright environment and can produce its beautiful violet flowers all year round.
It is advisable to fertilise every 2 weeks to keep it in bloom, and to water it 2 or 3 times a week.
One of the most popular plants, as they produce flowers all year round. It is very hardy and requires frequent watering.
It is recommended to fertilize monthly to keep it always loaded with beautiful colourful flowers.
This is an ornamental plant that can be transformed into a shrub if planted in the ground. It has small flowers with 5 petals in pink, red, lilac or white, which grow in clusters.
It should be watered every other day (3 times a week), as long as it is well drained.
With large, colourful flowers, they are a classic on all balconies and terraces. To keep it in optimal conditions and always in bloom, you should fertilise the soil every 2 or 3 weeks. It requires a well-lit place and moderate watering.
Crown of thorns
This plant is native to Madagascar and is covered with thorns all over its stem. If in the right conditions, i.e. in a place where it can get plenty of sun, it will flower all year round. It produces very pretty, small red flowers.
This plant should be watered sparingly, waiting for the soil to dry out between waterings. It is very hardy, but it is advisable to fertilise in summer to stimulate flowering.
Tricks to make your plants flourish in pots
- Take care of the lighting. Sunlight is essential for photosynthesis and the production of the plant's own food. If the plant does not get enough light, then it will stop flowering and concentrate on surviving. Check if the stems are too long, if it has bent over looking for a light source, among other signs that it needs more light.
- Fertilise regularly. Lack of minerals and nutrients in the soil can cause a plant to delay or stop flowering. If the soil in which it is planted is deficient in phosphorus and potassium, among other minerals, it can affect the flowering process. Fertilise regularly according to the plant species, taking into account the acidity of the soil and other details.
- Prune your plant. Pruning a plant stimulates the proper growth of the plant, prevents deformation and guides its development. Cutting unnecessary or very old branches, withered flowers or dry branches allows sap distribution, allows light to pass through and stimulates the growth of new flowers.
- Transplant. The size and development of your plant is directly related to the size of the pot. If the plant has grown too big, the roots protrude underneath, it has no way to absorb nutrients and will not be able to develop flowers. Change pots, add new substrate and you will see how the first buds start to sprout. Be careful with the roots, do not cut or damage them so that they can continue their normal development.
- Change location. If you have checked all the conditions and the plant is still not flowering, it is time to move it to another location. This will change the lighting conditions, temperature and other variables.
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