No matter where you live, you can add beauty and color to your abode by selecting a few of the flowering house plants. In other words, house plants bring life to a room. Aside from being beautiful, the houseplants also provide health benefits by increasing the humidity and purifying the air. Flowering houseplants also add fun and enjoyment while bringing color and scent into your decor. Try your hand at growing these 10 houseplants that will thrive with minimal care.
1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum floribundum)
Peace lily are great for low-light interiors and they are mostly found in upscale designs. These tropical plants bloom in filtered light and humidity. Under favorable conditions, flower will last for weeks. These plants have glossy dark green leaves which are offset by white bracts and they almost look like variegated leaves. They are herbaceous perennial plants with large leaves about 12-65 cm long and 3-25 cm broad. The plant does not need excessive water or light to grow and survive. They also clean indoor air of many environmental contaminants, like benzene, formaldehyde and other pollutants. As these plants contains calcium oxalate crystals, they can also cause skin irritation, nausea and burning sensation in the mouth.
2. African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha)
These year-round blooming plants flourish for years. These plants are compact and free flowering and comes in variety of colors and forms. With optimum watering, high humidity and bright but not direct light, these plants blooms for many years. Several of the species of African violet are endangered due to clearance of their native cloud forest habitat for agriculture.
These are the largest group of plants in the world with some 30,000 known species and thousands of more species. Orchid is the variety which comes in many colors and forms. Some of these forms are beautiful, some are ugly. Most important varieties of orchids are Moth orchid (phalaenopsis), Lady-slipper (paphiopedilum) and miniature (cymbidium). Orchid (cattleya) is more difficult to grow. Each of these flowering plants have specific watering and light needs, but all of them bloom in various shapes and forms.
4. Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
Hibiscus is known for very large, yet short-lived flowers in various colors like red, orange, blue and red. Although each flower only lasts one or two days, the plant blooms continuously from spring through fall, and sometimes through winter. Warmth, lots of light and humidity are some prerequisites for the plant to bloom.
5. Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum)
Anthurium are the most striking flowering plants in the world but only one variety can be grown in a gardening center which is A. scherzerianum. It blooms for over two months and makes beautiful and distinctive red flower structures that feature a heart-shaped red spathe. It is available in shades of pink, lavender, red and white. Humidity, ample water, bright light are the favorable growing conditions for Anthurium.
You must have heard that begonias are outdoor plants, but some varieties make beautiful houseplants blooming continuously in favorable conditions. Fibrous rooted types, like wax-leafed, angel-wing and hairy-leafed varieties, are mostly used as houseplants. Different varieties have different watering and light needs, and they bloom in various colors.
5. Gloxinia (Sinningia)
Gloxinia is very popular indoor flowering plant. Gloxina blooms are available in red, blue and purple colors. There are also other varieties which bloom in two colors and with white-border petals. Gloxinia needs bright light, ample water to keep it moist.
Also known as urn plants, these are quirky looking plants and belong to the pineapple family. They can be difficult to grow, however certain new varieties last for months and have beautiful foliage. They do well in bright light conditions and often make excellent potted plants.
9. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
These are the flowering plants which need least attention and care. Numerous varieties range from red, pink, peach to white and can appear in massive numbers on a single plant. Cactus require lots of sunlight, less water to bloom.
10. Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Kalanchoe is a succulent plant that produces clusters of small flowers in red, orange and yellow colors. They need direct sunlight and adequate water. The most popular variety of Kalanchoe, i.e. blossfeldiana is a dependable bloomer in the spring.