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  • That all depends on where you live as far as outside plants go. If you are in the southern states, there are numerous plants that bloom. But I have a feeling you are in a northern climate. You can bloom lots of plants indoors. Forcing bulbs is one of the most common techniques. If you keep your home warm, many plants will bloom. I have succulents that bloom in winter and a sanservia(similar to a plant called Mother-in-law's tongue) that has bloomed also. I also have Oxalis, shamrocks, that bloom regularly. Violets and another member of that family, Streptocarpus have beautiful blooms and bloom all year. My geranium has bloomed since bringing it inside last fall. Here's more info on bulbs; http://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheets/HGIC1556.htm Here's a page for winter blooming house plants http://www.adamsfarms.com/house_plants_20.htm
  • I live in Nebraska, and therefore, we have pretty cold winters, so there aren't too many outdoor plants that bloom here. However, I have a flowering plant that blooms all year indoors. I used to call it a "perpetual plant", for want of a better name. However, I have learned that it's really called a columbine. It has pretty, rose-colored blossoms and thick, sort of rubbery leaves. The flowers last about a week, and then they dry up. I pinch the stems off at the soil level, and this seems to generate regrowth. Last winter, all the flowers died off and the leaves turned yellow. I was about to throw it away, but decided to wait and see if it regenerated. That was a good choice, because two months later, a bunch of new leaves appeared, and many blooms -- I counted about 15 of them. On the average, though, it will produce six or seven flowers at a time. It likes to be in indirect sun, and keep the soil evenly moist. Don't drench it or dry it out. Amaryllis are also good indoor bloomers in the winter. They grow from a bulb. Certain lilies are also lovely indoors. Kolanchoe, Christmas cactus and poinsetta show their bright colors in late fall and winter, but they only flower once. To make them bloom again, you have to use the process of photogenesis. In other words, they require a certain amount of light and darkness, and unless you're a true devotee, it's hard to remember to cover them or put them in a dark room for the required amount of time. Also, if you're lucky, you can grow peace lillies indoors, but they take a while to bloom, so you have to be patient. I used to have quite a green thumb, but my indoor plants eventually had to go, as they were overcrowding everything else, and there was scarcely enough room for us.
  • For those in the south, pansies do really great. And they are so cheerful with their little faces soaking up the sun!

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