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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Dec 17, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Besides holiday cacti, what blooms are making your house festive during this time of year?

Billbergia (queen's tears) is getting ready to put on a show!


Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (florist Kal) flowers are small, but daggone cheery!


Tillandsia (air plant) is also preparing a vivacious vision!


Aloe (species unknown.)


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Cinta
Dec 17, 2014 10:05 AM CST
Kalanchoe Mother of thousand

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tarev
Dec 17, 2014 8:19 PM CST
Wilsonara Hilda Plumtree 'Purple Wings' in bloom since late November:

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Barbosella australis just opened today, 17Dec..enjoying our frequent rains and cooler temps:
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Narcissus Paperwhite Ziva buds are forming:
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Oncidium Sharry Baby, buds forming too: maybe this one will be ready by New Year
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Pinguicula is in bloom:
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jmorth
Dec 17, 2014 8:32 PM CST
Cape Cowslip (Lachenalia aloides) -


Velthemia (Forest Lily)
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Dec 18, 2014 7:55 AM CST
Wow, there's some gorgeous & unusual plants among the collectors here, glad I asked! TY for sharing!
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Plantomaniac08
Dec 18, 2014 8:14 AM CST
Tiff,
Wow, I've never seen an Aloe with white blooms, that's... something else I want now!

My Peperomia 'Jellie' is starting to bud, but the flowers aren't large enough to take a picture of yet. I'll post when they get to that point; might be next year. Hilarious!

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Dec 18, 2014 8:16 AM CST
;) If those Aloes ever make pups, they've got your name on 'em!
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Dec 18, 2014 11:17 AM CST
Tiff,
Drooling

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Dec 31, 2014 8:53 AM CST
Flowers fully open on K. blossfeldiana now:
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Messy but cheery, wax Begonias:
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So frustrated, the bud I showed above from the Billbergia nutans in this pot turned brown before opening. I'm supposing they got too dry. There are 2 more showing, I hope they complete their missions! IDK the name of the larger plant with striped leaves. There's also some Cryptanthus in this pot.
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purpleinopp
Nov 3, 2015 4:12 PM CST
Starting to see some buds that will probably result in plants being in bloom for the holidays.

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. Can't see actual buds yet, but pretty sure the tips are turning into peduncles.


Kalanchoe x houghtonii. This has me SO excited! I didn't get any last winter.
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No idea how long this Plumeria will take, or last...
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 3, 2015 6:33 PM CST
Thank you for intitially posting this and for updating it for this year! I'm excited for your blooms!

I have no idea if anything I own will bloom. I'm sure one of my bulbs of amaryllis probably will, and I'm guessing I'll get blooms again on my Wandering Jew, but I have a ton of other plants that will probably reserve this year for growing and bloom sometime in the future.

Keep us updated on your blooms!
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tarev
Nov 4, 2015 12:10 PM CST
Have started pulling indoors some of my orchids and there are three rebloomers with flower spikes getting ready for their holiday show: I am just glad they are going to do some reblooming once more, it has been one very horrid drought this year. Smiling Hoping they won't blast..fingers crossed!

Miltassia Shelob Tolkien:
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Oncidium 'Sharry Baby' - chocolate orchid.- really ugly ratty leaves, but it just gets those, I am happy to see 2 flower spikes this year woohoo!


Wilsonara Hilda Plumtree 'Purple Wings' - a spike right down there, hope it makes it.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 28, 2015 8:38 AM CST
Kalanchoe x houghtonii & blossfeldiana buds are progressing well. Should be an awesome show!

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tarev
Nov 28, 2015 2:44 PM CST
Oncidium Sharry Baby now actively blooming too: first spike fully showed by Thanksgiving, and 2nd spike now just starting to bloom..so pretty much it will be in bloom all the way to December. There is a third shorter spike, so maybe that will appear in New Year. Having a choco vanilla scent truly adds a festive atmosphere for this one. Big Grin


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purpleinopp
Dec 4, 2015 4:19 PM CST
I brought in a LOT of Kalanchoe x houghtonii plants, but a few are just too big. They're still OK outside though, so far. Might get to see them bloom afterall... even the one that wouldn't stand up again after being laid low by strong winds is trying to get 'er done.


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purpleinopp
Dec 11, 2015 11:24 AM CST
The first one opened, and ironically (?) it's one that's inside.
Kalanchoe x houghtonii:
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HoosierHarvester
Dec 11, 2015 11:25 AM CST
Does anyone grow double flowering impatients as houseplant?

Many years ago I was impressed by a huge double flowering impatient an elderly lady was growing in 5-7 gallon container. She moved it outdoors every spring, but back into a slightly heated window frame porch in fall. The porch was shaded by a large tree, so the plant in fall and winter only got light, and not very bright at that. I never remember that plant blooming in the winter when I would visit the elderly lady, but I remember how large it was. Hers was a nice red color, bloomed outdoors.

So this year I purchased a pink one to put in one of my containers outdoors since they are continuous bloomers in the summer in a shaded or mostly shaded area. Because of all the rain we had in spring, my containers did crappy, though the impatient survived and bloomed, but not like normal. I decided because it wasn't a cheap plant, because it had made a slight comeback in late summer, I'd bring it in to winter over since I knew it could be done. The reason I posted on this thread is because the plant keeps wanting to put out blooms. Honestly, I don't want blooms, I just want the plant to survive well so that in spring I can take cuttings (that's what the elderly lady did too and spread them around in other areas), and have more plants.

Now I'm not sure what's causing it to bloom, or if that would be the usual normal. But I just keep picking them off because I want the plant to be nourished. Although I really enjoy houseplants, I have very little extra space for them (cats light the windows). Upon bringing it in, I took several cuttings and gave them to my mom.

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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Dec 12, 2015 3:00 PM CST
Kayleigh, fun addition! I kept some inside over winter time for a few yrs and agree, they kept blooming whenever I was able to put them where the sun hit them for at least a few minutes. Your resolve is impressive, I can hardly remove Coleus blooms inside even though I know the little brown bits are going to fall on the floor. Seems so significant inside during winter, any little bloom. If you firmly believe your plant would be more healthy if yours are removed, it's the right thing to do. When plants sense our confident vibes, I think they do better. There's no biological reason to remove them though, if you would prefer to see them, not true annuals at all.

I no longer have Impatiens, they finally caught downy mildew in 2014.

Wax Begonias are another worth mentioning here. They'll bloom steadily all winter with some direct sun. (And yes, drop brown, shriveled old flowers on the floor too.) I haven't brought any in this year, but now that I think of this, I wouldn't be surprised if I found myself outside with the hand trowel, grabbing a few, then trying to find a spot to cram them into an existing pot. I left them all in the ground since they usually survive winter here, but are boring out there (for a few months, after a few cold nights put them in dormancy.)
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HoosierHarvester
Dec 13, 2015 10:54 AM CST
. . . glad to know the blooms don't need removed on the Impatients; and the thought of Wax Begonias too.
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purpleinopp
Dec 18, 2015 4:54 PM CST
First Kalanchoe blossfeldiana bloom opened today!
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