Indoor plants have numerous advantages like cleaning indoor air, absorbing toxins, adding to the beauty of the interiors, and more. If the plants were to produce beautiful blooms, then it would light up your entire house. Many people believe that plants will produce blooms only in the gardens and it is difficult to grow flowering plants inside the house. But allow us to prove them wrong. Given below is a list of flowers that you can easily grow inside your house.
1. Christmas Cactus
If you want some beautiful flowers blooming in your home during the holidays then Christmas Cactus is the plant for you. This plant has dangling branches made up of even shiny green parts. The plant can reach a height of 12inches (ca. 30 cm). The 3-inch-long flowers can be red, white, yellow, pink or purple and have several layers of petals. These blooms can live for several days and the blooming period continues for several weeks.
Christmas Cactus is a native of Brazil. This plant favors muggy conditions as compared to other desert plants. The plant also needs a long duration of darkness before it starts blooming. You will need to arrange for rich quality soil, which will have to be kept moist. This Cactus requires slight sunlight and you will have to repot it every year for best results.
The exotic orchids are high on the list of flowers to be grown indoors. Orchids have 30,000 different species and around 200,000 lakh hybrids. With some research, you can easily find a variety suitable for your home. Orchids need bright light and air circulation. They require 12 to 14 hours of light for growth. Orchids prefer drought to excess watering. Excess water is sure to kill your orchid plant. Orchids require fertilizers during the growing period. Depending on the species, orchids will have to be repotted every year or after seven years. Orchids will resume growth only after several months of repotting. The majority of orchid species bloom annually. The orchid flowers have a long life of six to ten weeks.
3. African Violets
African Violets are among the most easily growing flowers in the list of flowers growing indoors. These lovely indoor plants produce bunches of flowers in purple, pink or white colors. It is best to plant African Violets in small pots. They require annual repotting. African Violets require well-draining moist soil. Leaves may rot if they are exposed to excess water. African Violets can grow in lower light but they favor medium to bright indirect light.
Any list of flowers for indoors is incomplete without the mention of the unique Bromeliad. These exotic looking plants are easily available in nurseries. They are low maintenance and easy to grow. Their broad sword-shaped colorful leaves are sure to add color to your indoors. The leaves have a cup in the center. You can grow these plants in shallow pots and low mix soil. These plants fulfill their food and moisture requirements through their leaves. In an indoor setting, you may have to add some fertilizers. The plants have a life of a year or a couple of years. Before dying, the plant produces offshoots that can be replanted. At the end of their life, Bromeliads produce a flower that is long-lasting.
5. Peace Lily
Peace Lily is the only member in the list of flowers for indoors that promises to purify your indoor air. This low maintenance plant is a native of the rainforest of America. They can grow up to a height of 24 -50 inches (1.27 m) depending on the variety. The white flowers of this plant look like a leaf and make an appearance during spring. If you look after them well, they can bloom in fall also. The flowers last for 2 months. This plant grows well in dimly lit corners of the house. Peace lily prefers a humid climate and weekly watering. On the downside, this plant is poisonous to cats and dogs.
6. Scented Leaved Geranium
As the name suggests, the leaves of this plant let out a scent when touched. The leaves of this plant can be circular or finely cut and lacy depending on the species. The tiny flowers have two upper petals and three lower petals. This plant can grow up to a height of 1 to 3 feet (0.91 m). The flowers can be white, pink or red. This plant requires full sunlight and rich, well-drained soil. The flowers of this plant are edible and the leaves are used to add fragrance to food. Occasional trimming will encourage this plant to grow more densely.
Poinsettia plants bloom during the winter holidays. The tiny yellow flowers of this plant are surrounded by red-colored bracts. Hybrid varieties of Poinsettias are available in a range of colors. Poinsettia requires care in the form of adequate water, bright sunlight, and fertilizers. The plants can grow up to a height of 2 feet (0.61 m).
8. Cape Primrose
This plant has a special place in the list of flowers grown inside the house. The velvet-textured flowers bloom in several tones of violet and lavender. The deep-veined leaves and robust flower stems add to the elegant look of this plant. Cape Primrose can grow to a height of 12 inches (ca. 30 cm) and extends to 18 inches. This delicate perennial plant requires regular watering. Overwatering will kill its roots. This plant requires indirect light and fertilizers twice a year. The blooms last for several months.
Growing Anthuriums is easy in cooler climates. These plants do not require too much sunlight. They bloom well in bright, indirect light. They require well-draining soil and regular watering. Anthurium has a three-month bloom period and the flowers are long-lasting. The heart-shaped flowers bloom in shades like pink, red, lavender or white. Even without the flowers, Anthurium’s shiny broad leaves look very attractive. The plant can grow up to 3 feet (0.91 m) in height and spreads to around 2 feet (0.61 m). The plant can be poisonous when consumed internally.
10. Lipstick Plant
Lipstick Plant gets its name from the vivid 2-inch, reddish-orange tube-shaped flowers that look like lipstick tubes. Dark purple-toned cups engulf the scarlet flowers. This plant is also suitable to be grown in hanging baskets as the stems can grow up to 2 feet (0.61 m) or more. The plant produces a lot of flowers in fall. When given the right conditions like proper soil and indirect light, this plant can bloom periodically throughout the year.
Also known as “Busy Lizzie” this shade loving plant is highly popular on the list of flowers to be grown indoors. Impatiens can reach a height of 6-30 inches (0.76 m). They require regular watering. The bloom period is in summer and fall. The flowers can be Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White and Yellow depending on the variety.
12. Flowering Maple
Flowering Maples bloom flowers in a wide variety of colors like red, pink, orange and yellow. This fast-growing plant can grow up to a height of 5 feet (1.52 m) depending on the species. Young Flowering Maple plants need to be repotted twice a year since they grow very fast. There are various species of this plant. You can select one depending on what you are looking for, exotic leaves or beautiful flowers. These plants require some hours of direct sunlight. You should not overwater them.
Clivia is a hardy plant that can grow well in dry soil and deep shade. Its sturdy roots store water and this makes it drought tolerant. This plant produces orange or yellow flowers that grow in bunches. The strong stem can carry around 12-20 flowers. The dark green leaves are wide and look like thick bands. An individual flower lasts for only a few days. But the buds open in quick succession so you can enjoy the blooms for several weeks. Clivia is poisonous when consumed in huge quantities.
Some years back, Gloxinia was considered perennial, but these days, hybrid varieties are available. These plants are annuals and bloom once a year. The two-month flowering period marks the end of plant life. Gloxinia blooms in late winter or early spring. This plant produces large 3 inch (ca. 8 cm) bell-shaped flowers in dark colors. The petals have a velvety texture. Gloxinia roots require water but the leaves must be kept out of moisture.
15. Brazilian Fireworks
The last member in the list of flowers to be grown indoors is an elegant plant with attractive silver veined leaves. This plant produces tube-shaped flowers that have dual shades of purple and pink. The plant can grow to a height of 6-18 inches. The lavender flowers with deep red flower bracts bloom annually during summer. They can be grown in shaded locations. This plant needs fertile, well-drained soil and twice a week watering. Brazilian Fireworks grows to a height of 1 feet (ca. 30 cm) and spreads to around 2 feet (0.61 m). So that wraps up our list of the best flowering plants to grow indoors. Hope your plant of choice suits your home and personality perfectly.