Easy care flowering house plants. The best blooming indoor plants to grow for success with house plants. Types of houseplants for large and small spaces. Pictures.
With its exotic sometimes fragrant blooms, the orchid is the queen of flowering house plants. The orchid's beauty is unrivaled in horticulture. From the nearly foot wide ruffled blooms of some Cattleya species to the delicate yellow sprays of the cactus-like Lockhartia acuta, no other group of plants offers so much variety.
The Phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most popular member of this enchanting plant family.
There is good reason for this.
As they do not require bright light, Moths are better suited to indoor culture than most other types of orchids. They will also bloom for months on end.
In fact, they have been known to bloom themselves to death. After 4-5 months of continuous flowering, it is best to force the plant to rest if you intend to keep it. (It is a common practice to let them bloom to the point of exhaustion and then discard them.)
Let Growing Orchids Indoors guide you in cultivating these endlessly fascinating plants.
The highlighted plant names below link to pages of in-depth growing information for and pictures of that particular flowering house plant.
Christmas cacti bloom spectacularly once or twice per year. They are easy to maintain and attractive even when they are not flowering. These cactus house plants bloom in response to short day lengths and cool temps.
The popular Kalanchoe plant will grow well indoors in a pot for a few months. Once it begins to decline, it is best to cut it back and plant it outdoors.
One of the most widely cultivated succulent house plants is the popular crown of thorns. Its stems are off-putting being covered by stout, thickly set gray spines. But many people find the inch-wide red, yellow or pink blooms very inviting.
The orchid cactus is a day-blooming hybrid of the night-blooming cereus. There are several different cultivars available featuring red, white, orange, or yellow flowers. The blooms of this flowering house plant are large and quite showy.
Bromelaiads are unique, low-maintenance members of the pineapple family. They don't need much water and, unlike their fruiting cousins, will grow happily in a low light environment.
Their tough leaves are nearly immune to insect attack.
By practicing the kind of tuberous begonia care outlined here, you can enjoy the luscious blooms these flowering house plants produce for many years.
Brazilian Butterfly Shamrock is one of several Oxalis cultivars. There are ornamental varieties like the green-leaved, white-flowered Oxalis regnellii which is also called Lucky Shamrock and the really unique Candy Cane.
Because of their size, miniature roses are better suited to indoor culture than any other type of rose. The beauty of these tiny gems is best appreciated when they are situated where they can be seen up close.
This is a cat friendly house plant as roses are edible. The thorns are another matter.
When planted in the open ground, passion vine can run out of control. By confining it to a pot, you can enjoy its alluring blossoms without fear.
Angel Trumpet trees grow beautifully in large pots and their foot-long blossoms are deliciously fragrant at night. I love these so much that I keep one in a pot even though I have two others growing in the ground.
The flowering maple plant is not actually a member of the maple or Acer clan. It's a member of the mallow family along with the Hibiscus which it closely resembles. The common name of Abutilon hybridum is derived from the maple-like shape of its leaves.
This type of house plant can live in a large pot for many years and become quite tall.
Hibiscus are easy to grow as long as you give them enough light and space. This is true year round. Tropical hibiscus winter care entails providing the plants with "summer" growing conditions indoors. If you do this, they will continue to bloom through the winter.
This is the best flowering house plant for a brightly lit space. It is also a good, safe choice for homes with pets or children as every part of it is edible.
Dwarf lemon trees make enchanting houseplants. A well fed lemon will delight its owner by producing flowers and fruit continuously. These trees are worth growing for the sweet fragrance of the showy, white blossoms alone.
Italian Genoa lemon trees are compact, bushy, and do well in containers. Their peels are high in lemon oil making the fruit incredibly useful in the kitchen. As an added bonus, Genoa is more cold hardy than other lemon varieties. Gardeners in zones 8-10 can plant it outdoors.