What Flowers Can Be Grown Indoors

Flowers are an easy and inexpensive way to add a dash of color to any room in the home. A large variety of attractive, low-maintenance flowers thrive when grown indoors. Most flowers require bright light in order to produce their blooms so place flowering plants in areas of the home where they receive a considerable amount of natural sunlight each day.


Often used as a bedding plant, impatiens grow well when brought indoors. Impatiens are available in a wide variety of colors ranging from white to pinks, oranges, purples and reds. Impatiens reach a height of 6 to 24 inches and have a 6- to 24-inch spread. Plant impatiens in large containers or pots that allow for proper drainage. The Missouri Botanical Garden states that impatiens thrive in rich, organic soil and require bright, indirect lighting when grown indoors.


According to Clemson University, Martha Washington, common and ivy-leafed geraniums are three types of geraniums that grow well indoors. Plant geraniums in a large tub or pot that has proper drainage and fill pots with soil that is a mix of garden loam, perlite and peat moss. In order for the geranium to continually produce flowers throughout the year, place them in areas where they receive bright, natural light. Do not place geraniums in hot or drafty, cool areas of the house.

Miniature Roses

Ever-blooming miniature roses thrive when grown indoors. Their flowers come in a large variety of colors including, pink, orange, coral, yellow, white, red and mauve. Plant miniature roses in a mid-sized pot that provides sufficient drainage and use a soil rich in organic matter. According to Iowa State University, miniature roses need five to six hours of sunlight from a west or south facing window to ensure proper growth and flowering. Keep plants out of excessive heat or cold, drafty areas.

Cape Primrose

Native to Africa and Madagascar, the cape primrose is a relative of gloxinia and the African violet. The plant produces clusters of delicate pink, blue or purple flowers year-round. The cape primrose prefers a cool, indoor climate and thrives when planted in a soil mix of perlite, peat moss, lime and vermiculite. Cornell University states that cape primrose flowers require full sunlight from September to March and indirect sunlight from April until August.

Goldfish Plant

The goldfish plant is native to Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica. Named for its orange-gold goldfish-shaped flowers, this flowering plant works best as an indoor, hanging plant. Plant goldfish plants in a soil mix of peat and perlite or use a potting medium specially made for African violets. The goldfish plant requires bright light and humid conditions to encourage continual year-round blooming. If flowers stop blossoming, water the plant, place it in a plastic bag and place it in indirect light until it begins to flower again.

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Amy Deemer began her writing career in 1992. She began writing online content in 2009 and writes primarily for Answerbag and Garden Guides. Deemer enjoys researching and writing about flowers, plants and gardening. Deemer has an Associate of Arts in liberal studies from Westmoreland Community College.