6 Flowering Houseplants That Are Actually Easy To Grow

Getting plants to flower indoors can be finicky business—but not with these show-stopping blooms.

December 13, 2017
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Chances are you already have a lush, green indoor garden filled with spider plants, succulents, and ferns, but getting some colorful flowers to bloom indoors can require a more advanced set of gardening skills. Light and temperature often need to be just right in order to achieve blooms on houseplants that haven't been forced in a greenhouse. 

(Whether you're starting your first garden or switching to organic, Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening has all the answers and advice you need—get your copy today!) 

Luckily, there are a handful of plants that aren't so picky about the environment they need to bloom. Here are six options that everyone is sure to have success with. 

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African Violets

African violets' easygoing nature and cheerful blooms have made them a staple houseplant for generations. With flowers in dozens of different colors, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular.

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To grow an African violet, choose a location with moderate to bright light, warm daytime temperatures, and cool nights. Use tepid water to irrigate your charge, and try to keep the foliage dry when watering. Frequency of irrigation depends on many factors, including the room temperature, the type of potting mix, and the pot size, but the soil should remain adequately moist and not be allowed to completely dry out. Though African violets aren’t in constant bloom, several flushes of flowers should occur each year, with a little help from regular applications of an organic liquid fertilizer—add some every three weeks from March through November.

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Anthurium

This tropical beauty is surprisingly easy to grow. Its glossy green leaves are topped with pink, red, or white heart-shaped blooms. Each one consists of a spike-like spadix surrounded by a colorful spathe. Anthurium flowers are incredibly long-lasting—plants are often in bloom for months on end. They prefer a bright location but do not like direct sunlight. In low-light conditions, anthuriums will still produce gorgeous green foliage, but they won’t bloom well. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and place the plants on a humidity tray for best results.

Here's how to repot your houseplants once they outgrow their containers:

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Moth Orchid

Moth orchids (phalaenopsis) are among the most widely available orchids because they are propagated inexpensively via tissue culture. Their blooms come in assorted colors and sizes, and the plant is in continual flower for several months. Each flowering stalk, or spike, can have a dozen or more blossoms.

When your orchid is in bloom, keep it out of direct sunlight and in a cooler room to prolong the life of the flowers. Water moth orchids by placing them under a running tap for several minutes every two weeks using tepid water. Flushing the water through the growing medium like this mimics how orchids receive water in the wild. If the pot has drainage holes, all the excess water just runs out. You can also water by putting the pot in a sink full of water and letting it sit for an hour or two before allowing it to fully drain. (Here are more low maintenance houseplants that you only have to water once a month.) 

In summer, the plants can be moved outdoors into a shady garden area. Fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer every three weeks from May through November. Move the plants back inside before frost arrives. With a little luck, new flower spikes will begin to develop soon after. Spent flower stalks can be cut back to just above one of the inverted V-shaped nodes lower on the flowering stem. This sometimes causes the plant to throw another bloom stalk from the node. If none develops, cut the entire stalk off.

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Silver Vase Plant

Silver vase plant (Aechmea fasciata) is one heck of a flowering houseplant. The silvery striped leaves are distinctive, and when the pineapple-like flower spike emerges from the center, it’s a sight to behold. This plant is an epiphyte that, in the wild, lives up in the tree canopy, rather than in the ground.

It’s watered by filling the hole in the center of the plant with water, rather than by watering the soil directly (there’s no set amount of water, just fill the hole up). Best located in bright, but not direct, sunlight, silver vase plant can be in bloom for six to eight months at a time. (Check out these other show-stopping houseplants that make great gifts.) 

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Kalanchoe

This succulent is tough as nails. It’s forgiving of both under- and over-watering, and its bright blooms last for many months. Its flowers can be yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, or white, and some cultivars even produce double-petaled blooms.

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Often in flower during the winter months, kalanchoe prefer a bright location free from cold drafts. Much like poinsettias, kalanchoe blooms are initiated by the longer nights of fall and winter. To ensure flowers each winter, keep the plant in a room where no artificial lights are present during the natural nighttime hours. The plant needs 14 to 16 hours of darkness per day for six weeks in order to develop blooms during wintertime.

 
 
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Peace Lily

A great choice for low light areas, peace lily (spathiphyllum) is also an excellent option for people who forget to water. With both low light and low water needs, it is one of the easiest flowering houseplants to grow. In spring and summer, it produces long-lasting, white blooms, consisting of a spike-like spadix surrounded by a hood-like spathe. There are numerous peace lily cultivars, some that grow quite large and others that are only a few inches tall. The glossy green foliage is beautiful even when the plant is not in bloom.

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