The flower plants we use indoors have a way of adding more life to the rooms that display them. Flower plants and houseplants that just display green foliage are not just ornamental; they provide health benefits by purifying the air and giving us more humidity. Flowering houseplants not only bring color to a room but often times they give us an aroma.
It is so nice to come home from a hard day on the job to the visions of flowers blooming and a beautiful scent. Even if we are just renting we can still have plants growing in front of windows or on a window sill; we can also have them blooming under grow lights. If we plant everything correctly we could have flowers blooming all through the year. Here are some of the popular flower houseplants that we can purchase:
African Violet – This low growing blooming plant is enjoyed by many because of their dainty flowers which bloom above the plants crown. They are available in many sizes and colors. The miniatures and trailing versions will grow in terrariums or any east facing window. Amaryllis – A bulb plant which has huge leaves and a beautiful lily shaped bloom at the top of a tall stalk loves the sun and often reaches out to seek it. These plants are generally sought after in the winter season and with a little care can bloom for many years.
Apostle Plant – This is a relative of the iris which has similar flowers and leaves. They are sometimes known as a walking iris when the stem bends over with a plant on the end for growing new plants to share with others. Begonia – This plant has many types of blooms, leaves, and shapes from large to ultra mini that can be grown in different types of locations. Cyclamen – This plant is a corm with flowers that look like folded paper standing above rosettes of succulent leaves that are heart shaped. This plant does well in a cool room for many years; if placed outdoors they need to be in the shade and out of extreme heat.
Fuchsia – The flowers from this plant hang down from the plant and are best if planted in hanging baskets. They will live for quite some time as long as they are kept moist and kept in a cool room; on warm days some people have been known to place ice cubes at the plants base to keep the roots nice and cool. Star Jasmine – This is a slow growing vine plant with glossy green leaves and scented flowers. This is also an excellent plant for hanging baskets or it can be trained to grow up a trellis.
Moses in a Basket – This plants leaves are held together like rosettes. Once a year, the leaves gather together to form what looks like a basket and fill with blossoms. This plant does very well as a hanging plant or in a large container so the leaves can fall over the side to form the basket cradle. Oxalis – This plant has clover like leaves and small flowers that close up at night. Poinsettia – This plant is actually a flowering shrub that can survive for many years with some extra care. The branches of this plant have a white sap that is very sticky and can get on everything. The colorful bracts are due to the light and dark hours in a day and for survival during the year will need to spend some time in a dark area, such as a closet, for part of the day.
Dwarf Pomegranate – This shrub is slow growing with edible fruit, green leaves, and simple flowers that will make a great houseplant. They thrive in a window that receives full sun or they will do well with grow lights. Miniature Rose – This is a garden rose that is small and very hardy. It will flower in a cool, sunny windowsill or under grow lights. Zebra Plant – This is a flowering tropical plant that is known for its white veined glossy green leaves and striking flowers. They are easy to propagate just by taking some cuttings.
All these flower plants or houseplants will bring relaxation and joy to any home environment. Several of them can be grown outdoors in a protected area on a deck or patio during spring and summer. Wherever these flower plants are grown they will liven up the area by bringing in some beautiful colors.