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Seasonal Flowering Plants to Brighten Your Winter

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  A flowering plant makes a wonderful gift or a great pick-me-up during the dark, cold months of winter. These bright blooms bring joy, but they aren’t necessarily meant to last.


On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks to horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about about forced bulbs, shamrock, Easter Lily, and many other beautiful but fleeting blooms. Later in the hour, Jauron and Haynes answer listener questions.


One of the benefits of these flowering plants is that they last much longer than cut flowers, despite their limited lifespans. Among Haynes' favorites for brightening up a cold winter day is the pink-petaled cyclamen.


"They have that perfect little heart-shaped leaf," Haynes says.


Other options include kalanchoe, gloxinia, cineraria, primula, azalea, calceolaria, and gerbera.


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