Houseplants that are flowering add an extra layer of pleasure to your home. They bring color and scent to your space. Although they look fancy, many houseplants can be cared for with minimal attention. These eight houseplants are easy to care for and will brighten up your home.
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It is important to keep many flowering house plants humid. You can either mist them or place them on gravel beds and sprinkle water over.
Saintpaulia African Violet
African violets are a very popular houseplant. Because they don’t need a rest period, African violets can bloom all year. These small, leafy plants don’t require much maintenance. However, they can thrive in containers that allow for watering from below. You can use a regular pot with no water reservoir if you prefer. Water carefully from the top, avoiding the leaves. Let the soil dry between waterings. If cold water is applied to African violet leaves, they will turn brown and eventually die. Take out any dead leaves and then pot up the plant when it is larger. These flowerers don’t have large root systems so they will only need a 5 to 6 inch pot when they reach maturity. Although African violets aren’t demanding plants, sometimes they can thrive for years before dying.
- Light: Bright indirect sunlight
- Water: Keep it moist and retain humidity
- There are three color options: Red, white, or blue
If you’re used to growing begonias outside, you will know that there are many varieties of houseplants that can bloom almost continuously under good conditions. It will require a bright spot to bloom, but not too close to windows or it may be damaged by drafts. The fancier-leaved Rexbegonia varieties don’t even have to be in flower to be vibrant. Look out for fibrous-rooted varieties such as angel-wing, wax-leafed and hairy-leafed Rex begonias.
- Light: Moderate to high light
- Water: Keep humid with water and mist
- Variations in color: It all depends on the variety
These plants, which are unusually shaped, belong to the pineapple family. Most do not grow as big as pineapple trees. Bromeliads are distinguished for their bright basal rosettes, and showy flowers. These plants are tropical, and many of them are epiphytes (air plants) that absorb moisture from the air rather than the plants they host. Bromeliads do well in bright light situations. Bromeliads don’t need a lot of water. However, if they are well watered, the water will catch between the leaves and be absorbed slowly.
- Light: Indirect, bright light
- Water: Drink water regularly to allow water to collect between the leaves
- There are four color options: Yellow, pink, red, orange and yellow
Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida)
This tropical plant is also known as red-hot cattail and chenille. The catkin-like, fuzzy, red flowers are a favorite of many. The chenille plants are a quick grower and long-bloomer. The chenille plant can also be grown outside in the summer, and then brought inside when it cools down in the fall. The plant will become partially dormant during winter so don’t feed it until the spring. To encourage branching, you can remove stem tips during the growing season. To thrive, the Chenille plant requires high humidity. To keep it healthy, mist it indoors.
- Light: Partially shaded to full sun
- Water: Keep your water constantly moist
- Color varieties: Red
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergerax buckleyi).
The Christmas cactus seems able to survive on neglect. You don’t even have to change the light exposure of this cactus to make Christmas blossoms. It is extremely long-lived, and can be easily propagated from cuttings. The margins of the long, segmented leaves are notched. The stem tips produce flowers with different length petals and a variety of color options, including pinks and reds. This family includes Christmas bloomers as well as some that flower at Easter. Place Christmas cactus near a window to get the best results. The plant may be damaged if the pads are allowed to touch cold windows. While Christmas cactus requires well-draining soil it also requires high humidity.
- Light: Indirect, bright light
- Water: Always water well and regularly; drain well; mist often
- There are two color options: pink and red
Clivia Miniata: Clivia or Kaffir Lily
This amaryllis cousin is grown from a bulb. It must be pot bound to bloom, just like its cousin. The clivia flower stalk will not be produced until it has gone dormant, just like the amaryllis. When it goes dormant, in late fall, it will require total darkness at night. This can be accomplished by placing the stalk in an unoccupied closet or in a box. Normal care can resume after the stalk sprouts, which will occur between December and April.
- Light: A shady spot that doesn’t get direct sunlight
- Water: Water moderately. Winter watering is recommended.
- Color options: Shades of yellow and orange
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
While many succulents are easy-care houseplants to maintain, few plants look as beautiful as the kalanchoe (kalu-KOH-ee). Kalanchoe, like all succulents does not like to be in wet soil. Keep the plant moist from spring to autumn, but limit winter watering to light, frequent applications. Kalanchoe is a native plant of the tropics. It is beautiful in bloom but it can be difficult to get it to rebloom beyond its native range.
- Light: Bright indirect sun
- Water: Use water when soil feels dry. Drain it and mist often
- There are many color options: You can choose from red, pink, yellow or white
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Florbundum)
The peace lily requires very little maintenance and is an excellent houseplant choice for those who are houseplant-challenged or looking to give a housewarming gift. It doesn’t require direct sunlight and can withstand occasional over- or underwatering. The dark, glossy leaves look almost like variegated foliage. Although the flowers are not strongly scented, they can be easily detected if you’re close enough. Even in the most shady of places, it will bloom.
- Light: Indirect, medium light
- Water: Water needs to be hydrated regularly and misted
- There are many color options available: yellow or white