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Flowering Indoor Plants That Are Easy To Maintain

Easy-Care Flowering Houseplants

Flowering indoor plants are a wonderful way to spruce up your home with colour in an inexpensive way and there are options for plants with longer blooming periods. Flowering houseplants can bring enjoyment and fragrance to your home, although they look fancy, most of these plants need minimal care.

A lot of flowering indoor plants need humid conditions to flower. You can achieve this by misting the plant regularly.

9 of the Best Flowering Houseplants.

1. Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus, Easy-care flowering houseplant
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Christmas Cacti are a wonderful succulent that isn’t fussy and produces a vibrant array of coloured flowers that range from white to corals, reds and pinks. Place them in bright indirect light and water when dry.

2. Cyclamen

Cyclamen, flowering houseplant
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Cyclamens have heart-shaped leaves and pink, red, lilac or white blooms that hover above. Place them in bright light, and mist regularly. Cyclamens enjoy cool temperatures.

3. African Violets

African Violets, flowering indoor plants that are easy to maintain
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African Violets come in a range of purples, whites and pinks and have been known to live for a long time. Place them in indirect light and keep the soil moist but not wet. Ensure that the water doesn’t touch the leaves, so it’s best to bottom water. African Violets enjoy peat moss, perlite and vermiculite. Water with room temperature water at the base. To encourage fresh growth, pinch off old flowers.

4. Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe, flowering indoor plants
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Kalanchoe succulents have waxy leaves and red, orange, yellow or pink flowers that last for a period of weeks. Place your Kalanchoe in bright indirect light and ensure it is allowed to dry out between waterings. Cutting the flower heads once they wither will encourage new growth and flowers.

5. Bromeliad

Bromeliad, flowering indoor plants
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Bromeliads are relatives to the pineapple! They are a tropical plant with vibrant red, orange, pink and yellow blossoms that are bound to bring an accent colour to your indoor living space. Place your Bromeliad in bright light and water sparingly.

6. Peace Lily

Peace Lily, flowering indoor plants
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Peace Lilys are wonderful for their shiny, dark green leaves and spoon-shaped flowers. They are hardy and in the right conditions will bloom continuously. Place your Peace Lily in low to moderate light and ensure the soil is moist but not soggy by only watering when the flowers begin to wilt.

7. Orchid

Orchid, flowering indoor plants
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Orchids need low to medium light and have long-lasting blooms that come in a range of white, pink, purple and orange. Place your orchid in well-draining soil to avoid root rot. To encourage new flowers, snip the stem above the second node once the flowers have fallen off and wait a period of weeks for new flowers to form.

8. Anthurium

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Anthuriums come in shades of pink, red, purple and white. Place your Anthurium in bright light. You can also harvest the flowers and place them in water for a long-lasting flower arrangement. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

9. Geranium

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Geraniums require cool growing conditions and bright to intense light. Keep the soil relatively dry and trim off dying flowers to encourage new blooms. Geraniums come in white, red, pink and occasionally orange and purple.

Want even more colour in your home?

Check out our 10 Pink Indoor House Plants and How To Care For Them article for more inspiration on colourful plants.

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Geraniums (Geranium spp.) Care Guide

Geraniums (Geranium spp.) are popular garden plants and it is not hard to see why. They are hardy perennials that require little care while providing lovely blooms almost all year round. Flowering is mainly in late spring to early autumn, attracting plenty of beneficial insects such as butterflies and bees. They are sometimes confused with pelargoniums.

Common Problems with Geraniums

  1. Yellow leaves – If the geranium’s leaves turn yellow, it may be an indication you are watering too little or too much.
  2. Lack of flowers – This may mean that there is not enough sunlight. Move it to a new position where it gets more exposure to the sun.

Common Mistakes

  1. Over watering – Hardy geraniums can become prone to fungal disease if watered overhead.
  2. Not pruning regularly – Geranium plants may become scraggly if not pruned regularly. Trim it to encourage new leaf growth.

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: Allow the soil to dry between watering. Usually when the leaves show signs of drooping, it’s time to provide geraniums with small amounts of water.

Light: Geraniums grow well both in full sun and partial shade.

Temperature: A temperature range of between 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 to 24 degrees celsius suits geraniums best.

Soil: Geranium plants prefer humus-rich soil. They are happy both in the ground and in pots especially on window sills.

Fertiliser: Geraniums are quite happy without regular feeding. An annual application of compost will do the trick.

Pruning: Regular pruning to remove older leaves and leggy stems will help to keep the geranium looking fresh and green instead of growing scraggly. It is also useful to separate clumps of geranium plants every 2 to 3 years, and re-plant them spaced apart.

Propagation: Geraniums can easily be grown from cuttings. Just take a short cutting with stem and leaves, dip it into rooting hormone and grow it in moist soil. They are also capable of self-seeding although growing them from seed isn’t as easy as cuttings.

Fun Fact about Geraniums

Geraniums are known to be toxic to Japanese beetles, so you will not have to worry about having beetles in the garden.