Fall is fading and very soon it will be the time for indoor gardening. Therefore its better to pay attention to your houseplants now. In common parlance the indoor plants may be classified in to two categories — the first is “flowering” and the second is “all green.”  These may further be sub-classified as — with and without artificial or grow-lights.

While selecting most appropriate house plants you need to care about light, watering and other aspects of care. You may or may not have the proverbial “sunny window” and whether you do or don’t will limit your choices. You may be a second home owner who visits regularly or irregularly — there are plants for you but not as many, unless you have someone on tap to come and water regularly.

Better begin with the flowering plants for year-rounders.One of such indoor flowering plants is Rieger begonia. This plant’s proper name is Begonia x hiemalis and is a hybrid cross between tuberous and wax begonias. The Rieger begonia is named for Otto Rieger, a German plant breeder and it is among the showiest of flowering houseplants. The blooms are similar to small roses and come in both single and double varieties. The color range is wide — pink, rose, red, orange, yellow and white.

These plants are not prima donnas and can be cared for in quite a straightforward fashion. They want medium light, which suggests an eastern or western, rather than a southern exposure. A temperature of 68 to 72 degrees, average for many households, is acceptable and actually a bit cooler than would be preferable. Deadheading that will encourage bloom. Like all houseplants during winter, they need to be fed. They should be fed with a water-soluble fertilizer, such as Miracle-Gro.

With flowering houseplants like Riegers Begonia two issues are worth considering: First, they need to dry out slightly between waterings.  The second minor problem with Riegers Begonia  is powdery mildew. Again, this condition is most frequently associated with over-watering. If it happens, wash the leaves carefully and water less. In addition, try to avoid wetting the leaves when watering.

Later during summers you can bring your Riegers outdoors after mid-May if you have a pleasant shady spot. That’s the ideal time to cut them back, to encourage new growth and to provide increased blooms later in the season.

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