Greenhouse Plants

Flowering plants

Orchids – Orchidaceae

Orchids have a reputation for being temperamental, but they are also strikingly beautiful and with just a little tender loving care you can enjoy them in your own home. Bayside Garden Center has a wide selection of Orchids to choose from.

Tips for successful orchid growing:

Provide sufficient light, comfortable temperatures (55 to 60 at night and around 75 during the day), adequate humidity, attentive watering, and regular fertilization.

For more information on the basics of growing orchids, please download the PDFs “Orchids in the Home” and “Orchid F.A.Q.s” provided by the American Orchid Society.

Orchid varieties you may want to try growing at home include:

Azalea – Rhododendrons

Azaleas bring the promise of Spring with their bursts of bright pink and coral flowers. The greenhouse at Bayside Garden Center has a healthy selection of Azalea plants for you to choose from.

Tips for growing Azalea plants indoors:

  1. Place your plant in bright, indirect light.
  2. Azaleas prefer moderate temperatures with an ideal high of 68° – 72°.
  3. Never let your plant dry out – they need moist soil to keep buds and leaves from dropping. And Azaleas like humidity.
  4. When plants are not flowering you should fertilize them with an acidic fertilizer.
  5. Plants can be moved outdoors in summer after any danger of frost has past.

Foliage Plants

Holiday Plants

Pointsettia – Euphorbia pulcherrima

A favorite plant of the holiday season, the Pointsettia is available in a variety of colors ranging from the traditional bright red to marbled pinks, striking white and reds with flecks of pink.

Tips for growing Pointsettia plants:

Place your plant in a sunny spot

  • Temperatures between 60° and 70° are ideal – evening temperatures of 55° – 60° can extend blooming time
  • Water when soil is dry to the touch to avoid wilting. Don’t let your Poinsettia sit in water – if necessary empty the saucer after watering.
  • When plants are not flowering you should fertilize them about once a month

Amaryllis – Hippeastrum

Also known as Magic Lilies or Resurection Lily.

The large lily-shaped flowers and striking array of colors make this tropical plant a popular holiday gift. Amaryllis plants are available in red, white, pink, salmon and orange blossoms, as well as many striped and multicolored varieties.

Tips on caring for your Amaryllis:

  1. Place your flowering plant in a cool shaded location away from heating ducts to preserve the bloom time.
  2. The humidity is not a critical factor
  3. Keep soil slightly moist but do not overwater.
  4. After the flowers have bloomed-out, you can move your Amaryllis to a dry, cool and dark area. Leave the plant in this location for eight weeks. Don’t water during this period. Remove foliage as it withers. After the eight-week dormant period, move your plant to a well lit location and water thoroughly and you should have blooms again in about four to six weeks.

Christmas Cactus – Schlumbergera bridgessii

Also known as Orchid Cactus and Easter Cactus

These colorful succulents are native to Brazil. They are known for their pointed lobed leaves and colorful blossoms.

Tips on caring for your Christmas Cactus:

  1. These plants will produce more blooms in brighter light (not direct sun), but are able to adapt to low light conditions
  2. Water frequently and thoroughly but don’t overwater or let your plant sit in water
  3. The ideal temperature is between 60° and 70° with moderate humidity
  4. Place the pot on a tray of pebbles and keep the pebbles moist to add humidity to a dry atmosphere
  5. A mild houseplant fertilizer is advised every two weeks

Easter Lily –  Lilium longiflorum

The most popular potted Easter Lily is call “Nellie White” and it is know for its large, white trumpet shaped flowers. Its association with the Easter holiday has grown through the ages through a legend is told through writers and artists that when the Virgin Mary’s tomb was visited three days after her burial, it was found empty save for bunches of majestic white lilies.

Tips on caring for your Easter Lily:

  1. Place your plant in a moderately bright, cool area – temperatures of 60° to 65° are ideal.
  2. Avoid drafts and excessive exposure to heat or dry air from fireplaces or heating ducts.
  3. Soil should be moderately moist and well-drained.
  4. Once your plant has finished blooming you can place the pot in a sunny location and continue to water as needed. Fertilize every 4 – 6 weeks. You can plant your lily outdoors once the danger of frost has past and you may enjoy a second bloom in the summer (although it’s more likely to re-bloom the following year.) As with other bulb plants, as the stems die back cut them back and await new growth and be sure to provide winter protection with mulch.