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Indoor Plants in Alaska

By Sheri Ann Richerson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Some houseplants, such as cyclamens, prefer cooler temperatures.

Alaska’s cool, dark winter climate calls for creativity to keep plants alive and blooming all winter. Install grow lights on a timer to provide your indoor plants in Alaska with the additional light they need to keep them from going dormant. A terrarium adds extra humidity, and increases the air temperature around the plant.

Coleus

Coleus thrive equally well indoors or out.

Coleus makes an excellent houseplant, according to Ohio State University. Some of the newer varieties of coleus prefer some sun, as opposed to the older varieties that grew in full shade. Pick a variety based on the amount of light in your home.

Cut your coleus back on regularly to keep it bushy. Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone and plant them to increase the number of coleus plants you have.

Geraniums

To keep geraniums blooming, removed faded flowers.

Geraniums grown as indoor plants in Alaska need increased light during the winter and a reduction in water to keep them happy. Geraniums do quite well in containers and make excellent houseplants, notes Clemson University.

Geraniums may drop their leaves in winter if they are not happy. As long as the stem remains firm and green, they have simply gone dormant. An increase in light can bring the geranium out of dormancy.

Watch for pests like whitefly, aphids and mealy bugs on indoor plants. Remove these pests by hand, or if the geranium is small enough, simply place it under a faucet and wash the bugs off.

Miniature Roses

Miniature roses are great gift ideas for indoor plants in Alaska.

Miniature roses bloom better as houseplants once they have survived a hard frost, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, because the frost forces them to go through a necessary dormancy period.

Miniature roses grown indoors will need extra humidity. Plant the roses in a terrarium or put small pebbles in a saucer, cover the pebbles with water and sit the potted rose on top. Regular misting also helps.

To keep your miniature roses blooming, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources suggests putting a grow light on a timer. Set the timer so the grow light is on 18 hours per day. Set the grow light so it turns off during the darkest six hours of the night.

Keep an eye out for pests. Miniature roses grown indoors are susceptible to spider mites and aphids. Remove these pests as soon as you notice them, using the methods mentioned above.

 

About the Author

 

Sheri Ann Richerson is a nationally acclaimed bestselling author who has been writing professionally since 1981. Her bestselling books include "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Year-Round Gardening," "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Seed Saving & Starting" and "101 Self-Sufficiency Gardening Tips." Richerson attended Ball State University and Huntington University, where she majored in communications and minored in theatrical arts.