Flowering Indoor plants
Indoor plants are such a blessing to city dwellers and people who live in small spaces, as they bring the beauty of the outdoors indoors. Flowering indoor plants not only fill your home with color and beauty, they also bring a sense of peace and tranquility. It is lovely to have cut flowers in a vase which would last you at the most for a week, but having flowering indoor plants that brighten your home is like having bouquets of flowers gifted to you all year through. Choosing the right indoor plants has always been a problem for me in the past, but with experience and effort I have learned a few things. Here are five easy to grow flowering indoor plants that I would love to recommend to anyone who wants to try their hand at them.
African violets - Indoor plant at the top of the list
African violets would be my first choice of flowering in door plants. TheyCredit: http://snipsly.com/2011/08/19/african-violets-how-to-grow-african-violets/africanviowhitepurp-2/
are one of the easiest and most prolific flowering plants in any season.They are non-fussy and easy to care for. If you need to know ‘How to grow African violets?' Well, it is very easy, get a stem or a leaf and grow it from scratch. This link above will give you all the information you need. African violets come in a range of colors, blue, violet, indigo, pink, white and lately I have some hybrid varieties that are a mix of the above mentioned colors. These plants need some good lighting or may be a sunny window. Place a potted plant in a bowl/ pot-holder on some pebbles and fill it with tepid water. The water evaporating from the pot-holder gives the plant the feel of the humid tropical regions where it grows and blooms in abundance. Fast draining, porous soil and humidity is all that the plant requires. One important detail that you need to keep in mind is not to over-water African violets, they can kill the plant. Let the soil get dry between watering. There are special fertilizers recommended by the African violet societies which you could use once a month, to keep the plant healthy and flowering or like me you could use some water-soluble fertilizer for flowering plants.
Adenium obesium - second top flowering house plant
Adenium obesium or the Desert rose is my next favourite. If you live in the tropical regions, this is a must have for you. Adenium flowers come in every shade and hue - whites, deep reds, pinks, purples and magenta's and in combinations of those colors. When you see a plant in bloomCredit: Adenium obesium, you will never doubt your taste and choice of plants. Every window that gets a bit of sunshine in my home has these magnificent wonders growing in them. The adenium requires very little care and effort. If you live in the colder climes you do not have to despair, as long as you find a sunny nook or get some grow lights to keep your plants happy. Like most indoor plants the adenium needs a mix of peat moss, sand and loam to get them to bloom. Adeniums can bloom in any season with some good lighting, isn’t that great news? Pot them in small containers preferably bonsai containers, and you would have beautiful flowering bonsai. If you could put them in a window that gets the afternoon sun and these plants would thank you for it by flowering more prolifically. Using a fertilizer meant for flowering plants once a month, especially in spring and summer helps the plant to bloom more abundantly. Pruning the roots and re-potting once a year helps to keep the plants healthy.
Euphorbia Mili - top third flowering indoor plant
Euphorbia mili is the third on my list of flowering indoor plants. This succulent comes in hundreds of shades and hues. Euphorbia mili is also called the crown of thorns. I started my experience with a cutting from a friend, who was pruning her plant. The milky sap oozes so much that you have to be careful while handling it. I stuck the stem in a pot of fast draining soil and forgot about it. This plant is now flowering abundantly and the color just brightens up the place. I have hardly cared for this plant and yet it does not fail to bloom all year round in abundance. Feeding the plant with a water-soluble fertilizer keeps the plant healthy and flowering all year through. Make sure this plant is not watered too often, the stems rot and die with over watering. Letting the soil dry up between watering is important. Prune when required, this keeps the plant in shape and leaves you with a healthy flowering plant. The thorns in these plants are pretty sharp, take care to wear protective gloves while handling them and keep them away from the reach of children.
Verbena - easy to grow flowering house plant
Verbena is the fourth on my list of flowering indoor plants. These look amazing in hanging pots. Verbenas are hardy plants and need little or no care. Some well-drained soil and a feeding of water-soluble fertilizer once a month is more than enough. They could be grown from seeds and cuttings. I prefer the cuttings. In fact I chop the stems into two-inch long bits and stick them into a pot and
wait for them to grow. Never over water the verbenas . Dead head the plants or cut of the spent flower heads to get the plants blooming again. The vibrant colored flowers of verbenas are what makes them a great choice of indoor plants. The reds, deep purples, white and in between shades make such an interesting mix in pots. We used to have them nicely trimmed and flanking our side walks and hedging smaller plants. This is one plant that is very inexpensive and absolutely gorgeous indoors. Plant lighting or sunlight is all they need.
Peace lilies the most popular flowering indoor plant
Peace lilies Spathiphyllum is a popular indoor flowering plant. The peace lily thrives in filtered light. Warmth and humidity make it flower, but the plant does not take well to direct sunlight. The beautiful dark green leaves and the hooded white flowers of the peace lilies make a dramatic statement. Peace lilies need more watering than other plants but you would do well to let the soil dry out in between watering. Insufficient water makes the leaves droop. High humidity is one thing that makes peace lilies flower abundantly, so place a bowl of water and some pebbles in them and place your potted peace lilies over them. Let the water be exposed to a heat source sunlight or grow light so that the evaporating water gives the plant the humidity it needs. Misting the plant a couple of times a week also helps keep the plants looking healthy and green.
I often make the choice of spending my money on buying indoor plants over cut flowers. This way I have flowers all year round, making my home look like heaven on earth. The joy and the thrill of having your own cut flowers or better still having lovely flowering indoor/house plants that brighten up your living spaces, is next to none. The satisfaction of growing healthy blooming plants may be similar to having your creative work displayed publicly. So go get some flowering indoor plants for your home today.