The Best Blooming Houseplants For Indoor Color

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Live, flowering plants scattered about a home add life, comfort and warmth to any room. It doesn’t take a green thumb to have healthy and happy blooming houseplants. All it takes is a little time each day to make sure plants are adequately watered and staying pest and disease free.

These best of the blooming houseplants all have several traits in common.

  • These plants are extremely low maintenance and are resistant to pest and disease problems when provided with routine care.
  • Proper light, regular watering and constant humidity will keep these plants long-lasting and healthy.

Add Color With African Violets

African violets make a colorful accent to any room, all year long. African violets come in a variety of colors from single color petals to multi-color petals. Petal and leaf shapes can also be different between varieties.

To ensure consistent blooms, keep African violets near a southeast or west facing window in a location that receives bright light but not direct sun for 8 to 12 hours and darkness for 8 hours. They will tolerate up to 16 hours of light. African violets will also grow under fluorescent lamps at 600 foot candles of light for 16 hours a day.

Here are a few tips to keep African violets healthy:

  • African violets prefer a daytime temperature in the 70s and a nighttime temperature in the 60s.
  • Provide humidity by placing pots on a tray filled with pebbles and water.
  • Use a pre-packaged African violet soil mixture.
  • Water when the soil is dry to the touch.
  • When watering, saturate the soil but do not let the plant stand in water.
  • Fertilize with every watering with a water-soluble fertilizer for African violets at a quarter the recommended rate.
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Create A Tropical Environment with Orchids

The trick to growing big, blooming and beautiful orchids indoors is to provide the plants with plenty of sunlight. Orchids thrive and produce more blooms when placed in a location with bright light. If possible, place orchids near windows that face west or south. Be careful to keep orchids out of direct sun because the leaves will burn. When the only option is to place orchids near an east or north window, the orchids should be as close to the window as possible, preferably on the windowsill.

Orchids also require constant humidity. Create a humid environment by filling a tray with pebbles and water and setting the plants on top. Also, mist plants every day. Humidity is especially important during the cold winter months when furnaces create heat that takes moisture out of the air.

There are two more tricks to ensuring that orchid plants bloom regularly:

  • Use a weak solution of a water-soluble fertilizer once a week.
  • Place orchids in a location that is at least 10 degrees cooler at night than during the day.

Breathe Easy With Peace Lilies

According to NASA studies, the peace lily or Spathiphyllum is considered effective in reducing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from indoor air.

Peace lilies are shade loving plants with varieties that range in size from 1 to 6 feet tall. The long-lasting white flowers, which bloom all year long, add brightness to dark rooms. Peace lilies require minimal watering. The soil should be kept slightly moist.

Peace lilies require minimal seasonal care:

  • Repot the plant every spring using an all-purpose potting mix.
  • Fertilize once a month during the winter.

Get Bold And Beautiful With Amaryllis

The amaryllis is the easiest of the flowering bulbs to bring to bloom. When selecting amaryllis, keep in mind that large bulbs will produce large flowers and possibly an additional flower stalk. These large amaryllis may become top heavy and should be planted in a pot that will not fall over.

Here are some planting tips for growing beautiful amaryllis blooms:

  • Select a pot that has adequate drainage.
  • Provide 2 inches between the bulb and the pot.
  • Half of the bulb should be above the soil level.
  • Water thoroughly.
  • Place in a cool and bright location.
  • Do not water until the bulb sprouts. After sprouting, keep evenly moist but not damp.
  • When the plant sprouts, move into direct sunlight and 75 degrees.
  • After the plant has finished flowering, move into shade and fertilize.

Clear The Air With Chrysanthemums

The Chrysanthemum Pot Mum, Chrysantheium morifolium, was found by NASA to remove VOCs and tobacco smoke from indoor air.

Here are a few chrysanthemum care tips:

  • Grow mums in full sun. When the plants are in bloom, do not place in direct sun.
  • Mums prefer a dry environment. Keep plants evenly moist and do not let plants sit in water.
  • Fertilize with a slow-release granular fertilizer in early spring before the plant begins to flower.
  • Repot in the fall using an African violet soil mix and prune the plant.

Blooming houseplants are one way to add color into any décor. Plants that are constant bloomers will keep a room lively and bring brightness to the gloomiest of days.

Last Updated: December 19, 2011
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About Coletta Teske Coletta Teske has 25 years' experience in tech journalism, as well as home and gardening topics. She has freelanced for Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and Microsoft, published more than two dozen computer books for Prima Publishing and Macmillan, and worked as a freelance correspondent for West Hawaii Today. Coletta has been an avid gardener since she was 2 years old. While living in Hawaii, she achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a certified master gardener.

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