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Top 10 Indoor Plants for The Winter Season

Top 10 Indoor Plants for The Winter Season

When the temperatures outside are harsh and freezing, there is nothing better than a home full of color and life. Bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of nature’s beauty through every season of the year. Not only do indoor plants provide a natural form of air purification in the home, but they also produce vibrant and inviting colors, setting a mood of relaxation for all to enjoy. Take a look at the top plants for indoor winter gardening.

1. Hibiscus

Hibiscus offers the home a large piece of the tropics during a frosty winter season. Hibiscus is a massive plant. It can grow up to six feet tall, and its flowers can bloom up to eight inches in diameter. Just make sure to keep this plant in the corner window where it will receive plenty of sunlight.

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    2. African Violets

    Though their name suggests a purple hue, African Violets come in several different colors. They are also quite well known for their ability to bloom all year round. The secret to thriving African Violets is to place them in an east-facing window. This flowering foliage will add a bit of humidity to the dry heat produced by most home heating systems.

    3. Peace Lilies

    This low-maintenance, low-light plant is perfect for the novice planter. Peace Lilies are easy to maintain. They require little water and produce an abundance of clean air for breathing. Their glossy leaves and flowers are toxic to pets, so keep Fido away from this gorgeous grower.

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      4. Jasmine

      Jasmine is best known for its sweet aroma. Freshen up the stale air of winter with the pleasant scent of Jasmine. It can be planted in either a pot or a hanging basket, whichever best suits your needs.

      5. Christmas Cactus

      Christmas Cactus enjoys short days and cold temperatures, making it the perfect plant for winter. Keep this flowering beauty in a cool but bright area of the home. When in full bloom, its flowers give the plant the look of a candy cane with its white and red blooms.

      6. Goldfish Plant

      If given enough access to sunlight, the Goldfish Plant will produce vibrant orange flowers throughout the year. Display this plant in a hanging basket. Its hanging limbs, adorned with goldfish-like blooms, resemble a ready-to-reel fishing pole.

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      Goldfish Plant

        7. Begonias

        It is important to remember that not all Begonias are suited for indoor growth. Winter-flowering Begonias are better suited for the indoors because they are innately predisposed to bloom with less sunlight. The longer nights of winter provide cover for the beautiful flowers to bloom.

        8. Kalanchoe

        Kalanchoe is the best plant to grow indoors for those who have zero ability to keep plants alive and healthy. Kalanchoe can tolerate a lot of abuse. It does not need much sunshine or watering. It can almost be left dry throughout the winter season. Overwatering will kill Kalanchoe quickly.

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        9. Cape Primrose

        Streptocarpus, also known as Cape Primrose, is closely related to the African Violet. So much so, that they can both use the same type of fertilizer. Many types of Cape Primrose are highly forgiving to those who are not the best at keeping up with watering.

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          10. Bulb Flowers

          Bringing bulb flowers indoors for the winter is a bit of a challenge. This feat is not for the novice gardener. Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth, and Iris are all good examples of bulb flowers. Typically, bulbs need up to four months to “chill” in the ground before they produce blooms. This environment would need to be simulated indoors to achieve success, but it is possible. Bulb flowers just take a little more tender, loving care to survive outside of their normal seasons.

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          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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