My Top 7 Flowering Indoor House Plants: From Low To High Maintenance
Leafy assortment of indoor house plants are a must in my home. But in the Winters, when it’s cold and gray for weeks and months, I like to add a touch of color. My favorite selection of foliage plants are all easy and low maintenance. Unfortunately, I can’t say that about my cherished flowering indoor plants. Two of these are great and easy, three are average, while the last two are high maintenance. The wonderful part is, that these plants give me enough to do, that it satisfies (most days) my need to take care of a garden. Along with a cup of Herbal tea, my flowers are part of my morning routine of mindfulness. I try to pay attention to the plants and see if they are in need or care. I know some of them require a little more work than others, but that’s the best part of indoor gardening. It allows us to stop long enough to enjoy the present moment, even if it is for only 5 minutes a day. To be able to experience something alive and be in the moment, is very valuable in a fast paced world that we live in. As always, make sure to keep plants away from pets and very young children, as some plants can cause digestion problems. All these plants can re-bloom after some care and several months in dormancy. Here they are, my top 7 flowering indoor house plants, from low to high maintenance.
This charming bunched little plant, in my opinion is one of the easiest blooming plants available. They grow year around and have similar needs as succulents, because they are of the same stone-crop family. The blooms come in variety of shades of yellow, pink, white, orange and red. Not only are they grateful for very little care, but they keep blooming for a long time. Most flowering plants will bloom for about 3-4 weeks, but the kalanchoe plants can bloom up to 6-8 weeks. The prime blooming time for this plant is October to March. This flower is a tropical plant and loves low humidity and high temperatures. Kalanchoes are a must in my home, with its elegance and simplicity.
Like succulents, kalanchoes do not like to be watered very often, especially during the darker and cooler months. You can water them deep and not worry about them until the soil is completely dry (up to a month). Or, I’ll sometimes will give them a little water every three weeks. The flowers will get slightly wilted, when it’s thirty. I’ve never killed a kalanchoe from under watering. But, until I learned that, I killed lots of them by giving them too much water. What makes them great for Winter months also, is that they don’t like direct sunlight. Their leaves can actually get burnt with too much sun. They prefer indirect sunlight. To avoid the blooms to look straggly and nasty, I like to pinch the dead flowers off. Keeps the plant fresh and delightful.
Another fairly easy and low maintenance flowering indoor plant. Cyclamen can easily bloom for 5-6 weeks. This plant is native to the Mediterranean area, although it does prefer a little cooler indoor environment. Cyclamen has beautiful flowers that usually come in shades of pink, red and also white. Sometimes you can find a variety that is a mix of two colors. Very common plant, especially if you stop by at your local nursery during the cooler months. The foliage part of this plant can vary from one selection to another, each very unique and pleasant in their own way. It is a small plant, about the size of the kalanchoe. Usually doesn’t get much bigger than 7-8 inches tall. Cyclamen come in multiple species, and some are cold hardier than others. Commonly the ones that sell during the Winter months are the varieties that can not handle being outside.
Cyclamen do not like being watered from the top. It prefers drinking the water from the roots. If watered from the top, and moisture comes in contact with the leaves or the stems, the plant will eventually rot out. A good way is to pour the water in the outer pot or the tray and let it soak up and then drain excess. They like to have moist roots, so water regularly every week. But don’t let it sit in water for days. Cyclamen don’t like direct sunlight or heat, but does prefer bright location. Making it an ideal plant during the Winter. High temperatures will turn the leaves yellow slowly, and the plant will eventually die from excess heat.
This flowering plant has been around for decades. Begonias are very popular because its adaptability to both indoor and outdoor environment. They are a tropical plant and they come in hundreds of variety. Some have large clusters of beautiful flowers, while others have small buds. Begonias are very heat and stress tolerant. It’s foliage is usually very lush and glossy, with slight variation in leaf color. Because of its elegant leaves, some people like to hold on to their plant, long after the flowers are dead. Commonly begonias come in shades of pink, red, yellow, orange and also white. The flowers can be single or double layer. Most begonias will handle average humidity and light, but there is a small variety that prefers high humidity and light. They are the tuberous kind. I had easier time finding begonias in Sweden, back when we lived there. It seems as if Utah might be slightly naturally to dry for indoor begonias to thrive.
Begonias love heat and humidity. Because our home is a bit dry during the colder months, I try to keep my humidifier close to this plant. Another option is to to place them on a platter with small pebbles with water under the plant, to create some natural humidity. One thing to remember with begonias are, they do need indirect bright light to thrive indoor. Allow the soil to dry a little in-between watering. They like moist soil but be careful with over watering this plant. It can easily rot. Sometimes you can see by the leaves when they are thirsty, they will droop, that is a good time to water them. Like the cyclamen, you want to water from the roots, rather than top. The leaves can easily get diseased by water.
A graceful and elegant plant, that smells divine. The tiny white flowers grow in clusters on shiny trellis style stems and leaves. Jasmine plant is happier outside, but they do great indoor during the cooler months. But just be aware that since there are several of varieties of jasmine plants, some kinds do much better as indoor plants than others. Jasmine loves sunlight, which is why they thrive outdoor much better. Although I don’t have any direct sunlight in my house, I’ve never had any issues with my jasmine plants. The jasminum officinale is the variety that I usually buy, which has large amount of small flower clusters. Jasminum polyanthum, is another variety that is the more common indoor plant.This plant likes to climb and most often can use some support, if you allow them to get big. This plant will keep blooming for weeks, as it has so many clusters and they mature successive.
Jasmine plants don’t mind the heat during the Summer, but loves the low temperatures during the cooler months. It’s really important to place this plant in a bright location, and even direct sunlight during Winter. The more air circulation there is around them, the more flowers they’ll produce. While the Jasmine is in bloom, you will have to make sure its getting plenty of water, without drowning it. You just want to make sure it doesn’t dry out, or it will wipe out all the buds that haven’t bloomed. Deep water frequently, without letting it sit in water.
A lovely small compact plant, that is very common in homes around the world. African violet has hairy soft leaves with pretty delicate cluster of flowers. In general this plant comes in shades of blues, purple, pinks and white. African violet can be a little challenging, but once you find the right location, it will give you very little problem. One of the reason this plant is so popular, is because it can keep blooming for a long period of time, if it likes its environment. This plant does like humidity in the air. This can cause shorter blooming periods, if you live in an environment that is more of a desert. And don’t get discouraged, some violets just don’t bloom for very long because it’s not in their genetics. There are many hybrids of this plant, and some varieties just bloom more than others. When you pick a violet to bring home, make sure there are lots of buds under the leaves.
The secret to getting African violet to keep blooming, is to provide it with enough light and moisture. Violets love to get watered deep, that runs thru but should never sit in water, not any longer than half an hour. Some say that you can water from the top, while others have found better success bottoms up. I have found greater success with most of my plants, watering from the bottom of the plant. Water only when you feel it’s dry and the pot feels light. This plant feels better if allowed to dry a little in between watering. Also a recommendation is, which I usually forget, but the violet does like room temperature water rather than cold. It stuns the roots. Although they like lots of light, they really can’t tolerate much heat and direct sunlight. Pinch off or dead head all spent flowers, which will encourage growth of new flowers.
This plant is by far my most favorite, as far as beauty. Azaleas are gorgeous but they have no scent. They are a very high maintenance attraction. Azaleas are also known as Rhododendron. This plant is very well known for outside gardening, but they can do just as great indoor. The Azaleas that do well indoors are the ones that are specifically indoor greenhouse plant variety. They won’t survive outside, they’re aren’t hardy enough. If you are at a nursery and you are not sure, ask an employee. Usually the indoor ones have pretty wrapping around the pot. When you pick a plant to buy, make sure the buds look healthy and the flowers are not fully developed. If the Azalea plant is young when you bring it home, the blooms can last for up to 5 weeks, with some care. The foliage is pretty on this plant, but once the flowers are done blooming, pretty much the plant is done. Commonly you’ll find this flowering plant in shades of pink, reds and purple.
Azaleas are fussy little things. They love cooler environment (not cold) and want indirect light. Direct sunlight will destroy the flower buds real quick. It’s taken me years to finally figure out the watering of this plant. Azaleas should never be allowed to dry out. I have been devastated so many times for not remembering my plants for a day or two. Pretty much if they go dry for one day, they are done for. The flowers will not bounce back. Although you can water them from top, they love deep soaking. In the case of this plant, I soak them in a large pot in my kitchen sink. Make sure you immerse the entire inner pot until it’s covered completely. You will notice small bubbles. Let it sit under water (the dirt + pot part) until the bubbles stop. Pick it up and set it in your outer decorative pot. Depending how warm your home is, you may have to do this every 4-6 days. Make sure the plant is damp at all times.
Another delicate and chic flowering plant. Hydrangeas can be grown both outdoor as well as indoor. If maintained right, the blooms can last a long time. I’ve had my outdoors hydrangeas last for couple of months without any issues. But my indoor hydrangeas usually only last me about 4 weeks, at which point they start wilting. Maybe some of you have had better luck than me. It’s good to remember that the indoor varieties are designed to be showy for one blooming and then they are spent, while the perennial kind are grown specifically for re-blooming. This beautiful, charming plant is fairly new to my collection of flowering plants. It requires high maintenance and I always have to make sure that I have time before I bring this plant home. The buds on this plant are green and they open up to bunch of rounded of red, pink, purple, blue or white flowers. They really are spectacular.
Like azalea, hydrangeas love water. But I have found that they need even more. They should never be allowed to dry out. They drink unbelievable amounts of water. Hydrangeas need water every day (now you see why I say high maintenance?). Instead of watering from the top, I usually fill the outer pot with as much water as I can, and put the plant back into it, without spilling over . This means usually half the decorative pot is filled with water. By next day your hydrangea will have drank the whole thing up. They actually prefer distilled or rain water, but honestly I have never done that. The high alkaline water that most tab water is, can effect the color a little on the flowers. Unlike azalea, if the flowers wilt a little from lack of water, just immerse the whole pot in water and the flowers will generally bounce back. This plant also needs a cool environment. Even though it needs lots of light to bloom properly, keep the plant away from direct sunlight and near heating source. It’s easy to burn the foliage from too much heat or sun exposure.
Hope this list of my favorite indoor flowering plants can be some kind of help, next time you decide to bring home a charming little beauty to brighten your day. As you are take care of your flowers, you will discover the healing powers of every plant you come in contact with. Happy indoor gardening!