Which Flowering House Plants are Easy to Care for?

Margo Upson
Margo Upson

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.

An easy to care for house plant may require little fertilizer.
An easy to care for house plant may require little fertilizer.

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.

Margo Upson
Margo Upson

Margo has a varied academic background, which has involved everything from psychology and culinary arts to criminal justice and education. These wide-ranging interests make her an ideal wiseGEEK writer, as she always enjoys becoming an expert on new and unfamiliar topics.

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@honeybees - I live in the Midwest and this is what I do with my Amaryllis. After it has bloomed I cut the stalk back to about 2 inches from the bulb. After the danger of frost has passed, I will plant it outside in the soil in part shade and part sun location. I water it regularly and dig it up to bring in before frost.

From there I treat just like when I purchased it. I keep it out of direct sunlight and do not water until I see some growth, then begin watering a little bit. You should have blooms again if you repeat this every year. It is a beautiful flower!


I received an Amarylis as a gift and didn't quite know what to do with it, but went ahead and followed the instructions. I watered it very little until the leaves began to grow and kept it in a sunny spot. It became one of the most beautiful indoor flowering house plants I have seen. Big, bright red blooms on these tall green leaves!

Once the blooming was done, I cut back to the leaves and now am wondering what to do with it. Do I plant it outside and bring it in again in the fall? Will it bloom again this winter if I do that?


As the article stated, peace lilies are a beautiful addition to any room in your home. When my mom passed away, I received several peace lilies. That has been several years ago and I still have the same plants today. They are very durable and are super easy to grow.

Peace lilies will grow in almost any well drained soil. They flourish in bright filtered light but can still do well in low interior light. They grow best in temperatures from 68-85 degrees. When you water your peace lily, always use room temperature water that has been sitting out for a few hours.

Also, clean the leaves of your peace lily often with a damp cloth. If you don’t, dust will settle on them and can harm the leaves.

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