Top 10 flowering houseplants that can be grown indoors

Top 10 flowering houseplants that can be grown indoors

Flowering houseplants are an easy and colorful way to fight the winter blues. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite flowering houseplants you can try growing this winter, like African violets, orchids, and amaryllis. (If your thumb isn't exactly green, check out our list of 10 Houseplants That Are Hard to Kill.)

And if you have pets or children at home who might enjoy a plant-based snack, check aspca.org or children's health sites first, as some houseplants may be toxic when eaten. Avoid these houseplants that are not safe for dogs.

If you're new to caring for and maintaining houseplants, especially those that flower indoors, the secret to getting most houseplants to flower indoors is to increase their time in the sun. Keep an eye on the corners of your home that get the most natural light, then position your plants for success. In general, southern windows are your best option.

In Tovah Martin's book The Indestructible Houseplant, she recommends starting with a checklist of the growing conditions in your home. Such as how much light your home gets and where it gets the most light. (As mentioned, light is key to making houseplants thrive indoors!)

Window sills are the obvious choice for placing plants, but if your windowsills aren't wide enough for your planters, Tovah has some suggestions. “I use all kinds of furniture to keep my plants close to the sun,” she says in her book. “Plant stands are an obvious choice, and they come in all shapes and sizes. I also use tables of every description. Wet plants can leave marks on the timber, so use glass saucers to prevent leaks and place cork coasters underneath.

This winter, add some lively color to your home with any of these flowering houseplants.

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1. Begonia

Begonia

With so many begonia options, it's hard to choose just one. Wax begonias are the classic choice, with strong leaves and lots of flowers. Angel wing and begonia rex add interesting foliage to the mix. All begonias like extra moisture, so fill a shallow dish with water and rocks and place the pot on top.

Why we love it: Double begonias boast rose-like flowers, and the petals of picote species have dark edges that make them stand out.

Bonus tip!: Remove spent flowers to encourage new growth. Once the plant has finished flowering, cut it back until the weather warms.

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2. Chinese hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa sinensis

Nothing evokes the feeling of a sunny climate like large, bright tropical hibiscus blooms. Give it plenty of room to grow with as much direct sunlight as possible, and it will reap fruit all year long. Hibiscus blooms on new growth, so prune it only once or twice a year.

Why we love it: Newer varieties provide stunning blooms in a range of colours, and double-flowered varieties up the wow factor.

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3. Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe bluesfieldiana

Look for clusters of red, orange, pink or white to appear among the waxy green leaves by the end of February. Kalanchoe (pronounced “kal-un-KOH-ee”) is a short-day plant; They need 14 hours of complete darkness each night to begin blooming. It's a succulent, so an occasional thorough watering is all it requires.

Why we love it: Late winter is the time when we need a colorful display the most, so Kalanchoe's long-lasting clusters of star blooms appear at the perfect time.

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4. African violets

Santpolia

This quintessential flowering houseplant has a few quirks. Use room temperature water to wet the soil when it dries, but do not let drops remain on the leaves or allow the roots to remain in the water. African violets require plenty of bright, indirect light, but be sure to keep your plant out of direct sunlight. Once you know the right location, you'll know that African violets are a happy place.

Why we love it: Successful plants create multiple crowns, which you can remove and use to grow new plants for your friends.

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5. Geranium

Pelargonium

Fragrant geraniums have been treasured houseplants since colonial days, when housewives shared cuttings to brighten neighbors' homes. Ivy-leaf geraniums spill over the sides of their containers, while seed and leaf geraniums are more upright.

Why we love it: Well-cared for, heirloom geraniums will survive for years, and easy propagation from cuttings makes sharing with friends easy.

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6. Flowering maple

Abutilon painted

This flowering houseplant belongs to the mallow family. The flowering maple has beautiful bell-shaped flowers in colors of yellow, orange and white. Very popular in the Victorian era, this unusual little shrub is making a much-deserved comeback. Give it plenty of sun indoors. Move it outside for the summer.

Why we love it: Varieties like Tiger Eye offer stunning yellow flowers with red veins, and the maple-like leaves add year-round interest.

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7. Jasmine

Jasminum polyanthus

Your home will feel like spring when these fragrant houseplants bloom. The small white flowers have a fragrant scent that lingers for weeks, turning your home into a beautifully scented paradise. Jasmine needs cool nighttime temperatures to bloom, so keep it away from oven vents.

Why we love it: Jasmine is a vine, so use it in hanging baskets or place a small decorative trellis in the container and train it to climb.

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8. Lipstick plant

Echinanthus radiculum

The flower clusters on this lipstick plant are sure to attract admiring eyes. The tiny crimson flower emerges from a maroon tube-shaped bud, looking just like the lipstick for which it is named. This tropical vine prefers bright light, regular fertilizer, and moist but not wet soil.

Why we love it: Hang the lipstick plant in a brightly lit room and let the flower-covered vines flow.

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9. Orchid

Orchidia family

With orchids, it's best to start easy with Phalaenopsis, also called a moth orchid. These low-maintenance flowering houseplants thrive in any light except direct sun and generally only need to be watered weekly. Other common species of orchids include cattleya and dendrobium.

Why we love it: Orchids last for weeks or months with minimal care, and some have a wonderful scent.

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10. Amaryllis

Hippestrum

Bearing multiple buds on a single stem, amaryllis are popular indoor gift plants. They only flower once a year, but these plants are worth the wait. When the display is over, cut the stems and let the foliage grow. New shoots will appear the following winter. (Psst! Did you know that you can also grow amaryllis from seed?)

Why we love it: Gardeners have created dozens of amaryllis specimens, all of which are easy to maintain.

Bonus tip!: With care and attention, you can preserve your amaryllis year after year. To encourage your plant to flower over the holidays, move the pot to a cool location (about 55 degrees) in the fall to begin its dormant period.

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