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These 5 favorite flowering house plants add emotions to your home space
Why consider our five favorite flowering house plants? Having a bit of nature inside the home is not just aesthetically pleasing, there are great emotional, health, and spiritual benefits of keeping plants and flowers in your living space. In fact, a 2016 joint study carried out in the UK (by The Wildlife Trusts and the University of Derby) revealed that simply reconnecting with nature can considerably enhance your health and happiness. In today’s world of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, connecting with nature seems even more essential.
And there’s no better way to do that than by keeping a few of our favorite flowering house plants around, especially if you live in a home with little to no room to garden outdoors. Easy to find, these five don’t demand a lot of tending to, and can improve your home environment significantly. You’ll feel happier, healthier, and more in the zone while working.
Moreover, flowering plants can add some color and freshness to your décor. They might look fancy and high-maintenance but can actually survive with very little attention from you.
In this piece, we’ve put together a list of five of our favorite flowering house plants that can brighten up your space and add more life to it. Once you begin with one or more of these, you might venture into adding more to your home.
1) African Violet
Also known as Saintpaulia, the African violet blooms throughout the year because it doesn’t need any period of rest. While little upkeep is needed, the best results come when you keep your African violet in a container that enables watering from the base.
If, however, you use a standard container with no water reservoir, then be careful when watering from the top. Avoid splashing the leaves and let the soil dry out completely between watering rounds. Otherwise, the leaves may turn brown and die if the cold water comes into contact with them.
Also, remember that you only need to pot up when the size of the plant requires it. These shrubs don’t have extensive root mechanisms and will need, at most, a 5 to 6-inch pot at maturity. And don’t forget to remove the dead and damaged leaves from the bottom when potting the plant.
As mentioned already, the African violet is low-maintenance and not very demanding. It can flourish for years on end but may die suddenly as well. To keep the plant in optimum condition, keep it in bright and indirect sunlight while maintaining soil moisture and humidity. With many colors including reds, whites, blues, and purples, you can opt for a variety
Read more about the African Violet plant here
Begonia plants come in many varieties and offer wonderful options for those people seeking house flowering plants. Begonias bloom well in bright places. However, avoid placing it too close to a window or door as they don’t tolerate drafts.
Houseplant fanciers note that some varieties of the plant, such as Rex Begonias, don’t even have to be in bloom to showcase their colorful glory. So, when choosing a begonia to place indoors, consider the elegant Rex variety or go for one of the fibrous-rooted kinds such as angel-wing begonia, wax-leafed begonia.
For maintenance, the plant needs medium to high light. Frequent watering and misting help meet their need for high humidity. The begonia is available in various color varieties.
3) Christmas Cactus a favorite of flowering house plants
The Christmas cactus is also called “schlumbergera x buckleyi.” Strangely enough, it is a plant that seems to thrive on a lack of attention. You don’t even need to adjust its exposure to light to enable blooming. Long life and enhancement from the cuttings are other signature qualities of the Christmas cactus.
The leaves cascade in long-segments with jagged edges. They produce flowers of varying petal lengths from the stem tips. The color palette contains varying shades of pink and red. In addition to the Christmas bloomers, this group of plants also includes some varieties that yield flowers over the Easter period.
For optimal growth, place your Christmas cactus near a window but don’t let the pads touch the cold panes. Otherwise, the plant may sustain cold damage. Well-draining soil is normally needed by the schlumbergera x buckleyi but the humidity needs to be high as well. Keep it in bright and indirect sunlight while watering regularly. Every round of watering must be followed by thorough draining of the soil.
4) Chenille Plant (Acalypha Hispida)
Another favorite flowering houseplant, the chenille plant, also is known as “acalypha hispida” and “red-hot cattail.” People who love gardening often have a hard time not rubbing the fuzzy red flowers that are produced by this tropical plant. It grows fast and is a long bloomer.
In terms of growth, you can tend to the chenille plant outdoors during the summer and bring it indoors when the temperature drops in the fall. It tends to become partially dormant in colder climates. Therefore, you must not feed it until the spring season when there is new growth.
Encourage branching by cutting off the stem tips during the growing season. The plant needs high humidity to thrive. Also, you must maintain the moisture and mist it regularly when indoors to keep it healthy.
5) Clivia or Kafir Lily (Clivia Miniata)
A relative of amaryllis, the clivia or kafir lily grows from a bulb. And just like the amaryllis, it needs to do so in a pot rather than a large container. There is also a period of dormancy before the flower stalk emerges.
They need complete darkness when the clivia goes dormant towards the end of the fall. This can easily be managed by placing the plant in a cardboard container or unused locker/closet. The period from April to December will be when the stalk emerges. Restore to normal maintenance after this.
Find a shady spot with no direct sunlight for your kafir lily. Moderate water is usually needed and you can put the splashing on hold for the winter. The clivia or clivia miniata normally comes in shades of orange and yellow.
Five Favorite Flowering House plants, but many more exist
These are some good examples of house flowering plants that can add more life and color to your space. Many others are available too. Do let us know your experiences with these beautiful plants.
These are all very beautiful plants . There’s nothing better than bringing a little out doors indoors to brighten the day. Just the aroma of some of your favorites here will do the trick to making you feel more relaxed and at ease . Thank you for sharing this wonderful article on some of your top choices .i enjoyed learning more about these different Varieties and how take care of them better for longer lasting enjoyment in my home .
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Thank you for this fantastic list! I currently own two African violets and one Christmas cactus, and I love them all dearly. I’m a huge houseplant geek. After reading this article, I think I’d like to tackle begonias next? I need to figure out where I can get my hands on those around where I live.
I have a question about the Christmas cactus, though. Mine has been doing this strange thing for months where it produces dozens of buds but never actually flowers. The buds just dry up and fall off. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Any tips?
Your Christmas Cactus might be suffering from one of the following issues:
1- fertilizer–don’t feed during the dormant season (fall/winter)
2- water–while they don’t like too much water, providing too little can cause bud drop. Also, make sure your water is room temperature.
3- room temperature–they like 70’s in the daytime, down to 60f or so at night. However, if the room is over 85f, they may begin to suffer and drop buds.
4-sunlight– Spring and summer they enjoy all day sun. But in the fall and winter, they do better with a more natural, indirect lighting. Additionally, they require about 12 hours of darkness (total darkness) during the fall and winter to properly set blooms.
I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have further questions.
Hi, great post. I was looking for something low maintenance since I typically forget to water my indoor plants so something like the Christmas cactus would be ideal. I really like the way this plant looks as well, maybe not as much as the chenille though, that is very unique looking. What are the other colors of flowers for both of these plants?
The Chenille plant is primarily found in shades of red to reddish-purple. Some lean toward a pink tone.
However, for color, the Christmas Cactus comes in a wide range– red, white, yellow, orange, pink and purple!
For those wanting variety, a combination of these two types of plants works well.
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Thank you for this article. I have just recently taken an interest in placing potted plants at different spots in my home and I am motivated by this article to make the experience even more beautiful by adding flowering plants. All of the ones I now have are green leafy plants. I am sure that these would not be hard to find because I am familiar with Begonia and African Violets, so I can start there. I can’t wait to get started on this project.
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It is always good to know ways to color/prettify the environment and if by the way, it can make us happier and healthier it is a double gain. I had noticed that seeing beautiful vegetation made me happy but I had no idea it was scientifically proven. Thanks to you I learned a lot through your 5 Favorite Flowering House plants.
As a newbie with flowers, How can I keep them safe from insects?
I am happy that you found the information interesting!
Yes, plants do indeed make us happy, both in nature and in our homes.
There are many natural ways to combat indoor insects. I’ll be including them in an upcoming post but one good product is: https://amzn.to/37JRmOu . It comes in different scents (natural) and provides good coverage without harming the plant.
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