Flowering houseplants may seem exotic and difficult to maintain, but if the idea of growing a variety of colorful blooming indoor plants appeals to you, don't be intimidated, even if you don't have a green thumb. Many varieties of houseplants are easy to grow and appropriate for novice gardeners. With adequate levels of moisture and sunlight, many flowering houseplants will continue to produce blooms on and off for much of the year.
Growing African violet (Saintpaulia) is easy enough to please the novice indoor gardener, with plenty of variation to hold the interest of indoor plant pros. Flowers are available in both single, double and ruffled varieties, and solid, bicolor and multicolor hues, including white, blue, pink. lavender, red and purple. Although African violets aren't fussy, the plants will bloom best with eight to 12 hours of bright, indirect sunlight every day. Allow the top of the soil to dry out between each watering and don't wet the foliage when you water.
Angel Wing Begonia
With its huge leaves shaped like angel wings and the delicate blossoms, angel wing begonia is among the easiest and most satisfying of flowering houseplants. Place the plant in bright, indirect light, away from windows that are hot during summer afternoons. Keep the potting soil evenly moist, but never soggy or completely dry. As as a result, clusters of white, pink or red blooms will dangle from the leaves in spring and summer, and will sometimes bloom year-round.
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is one of the most familiar of all the blooming plants, and with proper care will be in full bloom during the winter holidays. Place Christmas cactus in light shade during the summer, but move it into bright light during the short days of fall and winter. To ensure Christmas blooms, make sure the plant is in darkness for at least 12 to 13 hours every day, beginning in mid-September and continuing for eight weeks.
The peace lily is a sturdy, indestructible indoor plant that will grow in a variety of conditions, including semi-neglect. Although peace lily will tolerate low light, the plant will bloom best in bright, indirect light. The light green blooms will open to reveal creamy white flowers with a pleasant, light scent. Allow the potting soil to become slightly dry to the touch, then water the plant with room temperature water.