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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

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

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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Types of Succulents

There are plenty of different succulent varieties but here, we have grouped them into 9 types of succulents to help you classify your succulents with ease.

9 common types of succulents classified into genera.

Echeveria

Echeveria in a potted plant. Classified by thick-leaved rosettes that are fleshy and have a waxy appearance.
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Echeverias have thick-leaved rosettes and are most often the succulent you’re used to seeing. The leaves are fleshy and have a waxy appearance. You’ll find that they are often coloured and firm to the touch. Echeverias are generally slow-growing and stay around the 30-centimetre mark.

Aeonium

Purple Aeonium which has a rosette formation and leaves that are flat, round and thin.
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Aeoniums also have a rosette formation, but its leaves are less round and fleshy and instead are thin, like a flower’s petals. Aeoniums are arguably more colourful than echeverias and can grow to a much larger 150 centimetres. A lot of avid succulent growers graft different succulents onto their aeonium stems because it creates a more decorative look to their woody stems.

Senecio

Senecio Serpens aka Blue Chalksticks being used as a ground cover.
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Succulents from the Senecio genus bloom daisy-like flowers. Their leaf has a more grass-like shape, extending in long plump blades that point upward. They come in a variety of blue, green and white shades. Blue Chalksticks or Senecio Serpens is a landscape designer’s staple because they make a great landscaping option to use as a ground cover.

Cactus

Different types of cacti in varying sizes of terracotta pots.
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Cacti, often found in the desert, have spines and reduced branches to hold water. They have a shallow root system and grow relatively slowly compared to other succulent types. Cacti can range in size from a few centimetres tall like the Arizona snowcap cactus, or a few metres tall like the Saguaro cactus.

Crassula

Crassula Ovata which has flat, round leaves that create a lush foliage cover.
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Crassulas have flat, round leaves that create a lush head of foliage. The most common Crassula is the Jade Plant or Crassula Ovata, because you can grow them both indoors and outdoors. They can grow to 150 centimetres in height. You can easily propagate by trimming a branch with sharp scissors and sticking the end into moist soil. Check out our succulent propagation article on other ways to propagate your succulents.

Sempervivum

Sempervivum with a purple gradient.
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Sempervivums also have a rosette shape and leaves with pointed edges. The tips of its leaves can turn a different colour like purple or pink under light stress that will give it a gradient leaf colour. Sempervivums’ pointed leaf rosettes give the succulent the appearance of a flower so try using Sempervivums as part of your indoor succulent arrangement. It will give your home a nice flowery pop that lasts all year round.

Kalanchoe

A variegated Kalanchoe with pink, white and blue markings.
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Kalanchoes are native to Madagascar but are now often seen in florist shops or garden centres. They are loved for their thick leaves and a wonderful display of brightly coloured flowers.

Haworthia

Haworthia Cooperi being illuminated by the light thorough its translucent leaves.
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Haworthias look like jelly or bubbles as the tips of their leaves are semi-translucent, allowing light to penetrate the leaf’s surface. Haworthias are commonly only found in shades of green and vary in their cluster sizes.

Sedum

Sedum 'AutumnJoy' covered in a head of vibrant, pink flowers.
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Sedum contains more than 400 species of succulents, making it one of the largest succulent genera. They commonly have flat, jagged, fleshy leaves and brightly coloured flowers.

That concludes our 9 types of succulents categorised into genera. Check out our other recent posts!

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