Western Mountains and High Plains
A Complete Houseplant Survival Manual, by Barbara Pleasant (Workman Publishing Co., 2005, $24.95) is a great book from a fellow garden writer and includes information on growing 160 houseplants. Get help on how to identify houseplants, their particular lighting needs, tips on fertilizing and watering, how to select the proper container and potting soils, and how to propagate some of your favorite houseplants. It even covers some of the common problems that we encounter when growing indoor plants and provides some remedies on how to cope with various pest and cultural problems.
Favorite or New Plant
Cyclamen blooms are delicate and resemble orchids. The flowers are produced on long stems, help upright above the foliage. The florist cyclamen comes in shades of red, pink, white, and bicolors. Even the foliage is attractive, often having silver marbling on the top side of the leaves. Cyclamen do best in bright, but indirect light. Move the cyclamen closer to the light source in winter and keep in a cool window for best blooms and to prolong the flowering cycle.