Flowering house plants are a cheap and easy way to bring the beauty of an outdoor garden inside. Growing plants inside is a great alternative to an outdoor garden, especially if you rent an apartment and do not have room for an outdoor plot. Indoor flowers are also a wonderful way to enjoy plants during the cold winter months. There are several flowers that grow well indoors and are easy to care for.
African violets are a very popular choice for flowering house plants. They bloom year round, with small red, white, or purple flowers. Because of the constant blooming, African violets do require fertilizer often. Mixing fertilizer in with water in a watering can is a quick and easy way to assure that they get the nutrients they need. They should be watered from the bottom up, which can be achieved by using a flower pot with a reservoir bottom. Indirect sunlight is best, and they should be kept away from windows where they may be exposed to the hot afternoon sun.
Another flowering house plant that is easy to care for is the Christmas cactus. Cactus plants are easy to care for simply because it is hard to kill them through neglect. Most houseplants die from not being watered. The Christmas cactus only needs to be watered occasionally, with the soil completely drying out between watering. Christmas cacti should be kept in a warm area of the house, and away from drafts. They prefer cooler temperatures when they are preparing to bud.
Clivia is a cousin of the Amaryllis flower, and a part of the lily family. They are grown from bulbs. For a few months out of the year, this easy houseplant requires no attention at all. Starting in November, Clivia plants enter a dormant phase. During this time, they need darkness and cool temperatures. The dormant phase ends when the stalk begins to sprout. At this time, then plant should be set back into sunlight, watered regularly, and given regular doses of fertilizer. Because Clivias tend to get top-heavy when they are in bloom, they should be planted in a heavy pot.
Peace lilies are a very hardy flowering house plant. They are very popular housewarming gifts, probably because they are so hard to kill. They prefer to be exposed to bright light, but also do well in low light areas. They only need to be watered when the soil is completely dry, and only need to be fertilized once a month. The only high maintenance aspect to Peace lilies is that they need to be re-potted in fresh soil every two months.
Anyone can enjoy having flowering house plants in their homes, even those who are not green thumbs. There are many hardy house plants that are perfect for people who have difficulties with indoor plants. Many of these indoor flowers bloom year round, filling homes with bright colors and sweet scents with very little care. A local gardening store or nursery can help you to find other flowering house plants that are easy to care for and will fit your home and lifestyle.