Different Types of Indoor Flowers

There's nothing that makes a house more inviting than beautiful houseplants. However, flowering houseplants can add even more personality, because they can cheer up a home or office with bright colors. It's really not that difficult to grow flowering houseplants. The main requirement is ensuring flowering houseplants receive enough light, in addition to keeping plants safe from cold drafts and giving them the right amount of water and fertilizer.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowers have an exotic tropical look, which is the main reason for their popularity as an indoor flower. An easy-to-grow plant, amaryllis takes roughly six weeks or longer to bloom and is able to grow up to 2 feet high. They produce bright large blooms shaped like trumpets that are ideal for beautifying homes as well as brightening up hospital rooms or other areas where people live and work.

Orchids

Orchids come in various sizes, shapes and colors, in addition to fragrances. Just like all houseplants, they need proper light, fertilizer and water. Orchids need to be protected from direct midday sun. Humidity is especially crucial for orchids; they need a relative humidity level that ranges from 40 to 80 percent, according to the Iowa State University Horticulture News website. A gravel tray with water that's placed under orchids can increase humidity levels. However the bottoms of the pot need to be at the level of the water. Daily misting also helps.

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are known for their bright-colored flowers and dark green leaves. These flowering houseplants have been used in Christmas decorating and in gift giving for many years. Although poinsettia flowers can take their time opening, once they do bloom, their flowers last for several weeks. When selecting a poinsettia, it's important to not choose one that is brown around the edges with dry leaves or flowers.

African Violets

The African violet, another easily grown flowering plant, is one of the most popular flowering houseplants. Although they produce shy blooms, they usually last for several weeks. These flowering plants need plenty of sunshine, but hot summer sun rays should be avoided. If sunshine is scarce, artificial lighting can be used.

Begonias

Besides being grown outdoors, begonias also make ideal houseplants. In fact, flowering begonias are considered to be one of America's favorite houseplants. These plants produce showy flowers in colors including white, pink and red. They're also easy to grow and are able to tolerate shade well. Keeping begonias moist is important in both summer and winter. Rex begonias and begonia Masoniana (Iron Cross Begonia) are popular flowering houseplants. Rex begonias, which come in various colors and markings, are known for their heart-shaped leaves. Begonia Masoniana has smaller leaves with cross-shaped markings that are almost black in color.

Hydrangeas

Hydrangea flowering plants originated from Japan and have been grown successfully as houseplants for many years. These flowering houseplants produce blooms that are the shape and size of a softball. The double-flowered varieties of hydrangeas are known for their stunning masses of color. The most common colors are pink, red and blue.

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Venice Kichura has written on a variety of topics for various websites, such as Suite 101 and Associated Content since 2005. She's written articles published in print publications and stories for books such as "God Allows U-Turns." She's a graduate of the University of Texas and has worked in both Florida and Connecticut schools.