Flowers are a way to brighten up the day. Flowers are not exclusively for outdoor gardens; there are many types of flowers you can grow indoors. Large flowers, small flowers--whatever your taste, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the more popular flowers that are grown indoors.
Orchids are one of the largest groups of flowers. There are tens of thousands of species that have been identified. Orchid blossoms range anywhere from half an inch to 6 inches across. Their striking beauty makes them favorites of the indoor gardener. Two of the more common species of orchid for growing indoors are the phalaenopsis or "moth orchid" and the dendrobium. They require strong indirect light, high humidity and temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees. They will bloom once or twice a year.
Another very popular indoor flower is the violet. These lovely little blooms were introduced to Europe at the end of the 19th century. Like orchids, they like bright indirect sunlight. They will even do well in rooms where there is bright artificial light. They prefer humid environments, but it is important that their soil isn't too damp. Temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees are optimal, and during cooler months, remove them from windows if the temperature drops below 60 degrees. Water them with room-temperature water.
The begonia is an extremely popular flowering plant. Begonias don't like drastic changes in temperature, and while they thrive in slightly cooler temperatures, they do not do well when temperatures drop below 60 degrees. Flowering begonias like to have a few hours of direct sunlight every day, but try to avoid the harsh rays of the afternoon sun. The soil should be kept evenly moist but not allowed to get soggy.
Amaryllis originated in South America, and are one of the more striking flowers that you will find growing indoors. They are typically red, white, pink or orange flowers on long stalks. They are hardy plants that do well indoors. Before they bloom, keep them in an area where they get bright, indirect light, watering them every few days. Avoid temperatures below 60 degrees. Once in bloom, they need to be kept out of direct sunlight to prolong the life of the blossoms. Keep them in a room that isn't too bright.