Low-maintenance potted flowers

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Low-maintenance potted flowers
The African violet is a potted flower that doesn't need much maintenance. (African \violet image by Shirley Lai from Fotolia.com)

There are a variety of potted flowers that don't require much maintenance. A single flower plant or a variety of flowers planted in a single pot adds appeal to any home or garden with little care. Potted plants provide gardeners the versatility to rearrange their plant layout simply by moving the containers to new locations. Whether you choose a seasonal or year-round variety of flowers, potted plants make an ideal solution for individuals who appreciate flowers but who don’t have the time or energy to maintain a large garden.

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African violets

An African violet is a good potted plant to place on a countertop, a window ledge or any place with limited space. These plants with their small, purple flowers require a lot of sunlight, natural or artificial. African violets need water approximately every three days. Be careful not to get water on the leaves, as water causes the leaves to become spotted and discoloured. These plants are affordable options as well.

Cosmos

Cosmos (also known as the Mexican aster) have brightly coloured flower petals at the end of long, thin stems. Cosmos come with red, purple, pink and white flowers. They grow with ease and require little maintenance. The dwarf cosmos, such as the Sonata Series varietal, provide an ideal flower option for containers. Cosmos require bright sunshine and regular watering to ensure the flower’s soil is moist. They also grow best in sandy soil. Except for dwarf varietals, cosmos benefit from staking--where the stem is gently secured to a stake placed in the flowerpot-- to support the stalks, so the flowers stay upright as they grow.

Moss Rose

The moss rose is a popular low-maintenance potted plant selection. Its flowers resemble roses of about an inch in width. The flowers come in a variety of colours, such as pink, red, white, yellow and orange. Flowers sometimes appear spotted and striped. The flowers bloom only in bright sunlight and close at night and on overcast days. The flowers offer a good option for hanging potted plants as the flowers naturally spill over the sides. Mose rose is an annual flower that stays in bloom throughout warm, summer months. The flowers benefit from regular watering, but also can tolerate periods of drought.

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