Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil
The best flowering houseplants are something every home can benefit from. They all lovely splashes of color. And, thanks to the different size and shapes of their blooms, make for amazing interior décor as well.
Unfortunately, not all flowering plants are well-suited for indoor growing. As such, you do need to choose carefully.
Doing so will let you enjoy them without making care and maintenance a hassle.
Here are the best flowering houseplants to go with.
Best Flowering Houseplants
African violets are an amazing flowering houseplant that combines uniquely beautiful oval shaped leaves with stunning-looking colorful flowers.
While the purple color is the runaway favorite for this plant, there are many other hues you’ll find as well. These include blue, white, red and pink.
They enjoy well-draining soil that’s rich in organic matter. And, to help them achieve their amazing blooms feed once every 2 weeks during the spring and summer. But, avoid too much plant food as it will do more harm than good.
Orchids are another lovely flowering plant that do well indoors. But, the most important part to caring for them is understanding that they are epiphytes.
This means in their native environment, they don’t grow in the ground like most plants do. Instead, they cling onto larger plants or trees. They also get their sustenance from the air, rain and debris falling from the larger plant instead of the soil.
As such, growing them on an orchid bark or stone is a good idea. If you want to keep them in containers, using a potting medium that’s chunky to allow lots of air to get through its roots.
They also grow their best when temperatures stay between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. And, they enjoy lots of bright, indirect light. Although do avoid the harsh afternoon sun.
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Hibiscus are a popular flowering plant because of their large, vibrant blooms. They are available in a wide variety of colors including orange, yellow, pink, red, white, purple and more.
Do note that there are a few different kinds of hibiscus. But, for homes, tropical hibiscus are a good fit since they’re well-suited for the temperature range found in most homes.
These lovely flowers can grow to between 4 and 10 feet tall. Although, they’ll likely be smaller when kept in containers indoors.
Their blooms range from anywhere between 3 to 8 inches in diameter and are well-known for their protruding stamen.
They thrive in full sun or partial shade. And, grow best in moist by well-drained soil.
Peace lilies are a gorgeous combination of large stunning leaves and elegant blooms. Both stand out when the plant is grown in a container.
And, because of their white flower, the long outward arching leaves are often the first things people notice. But, as you get a closer look, you’ll notice the lovely intricately designed blooms.
Peace lilies are tropical in nature. Thus, they seamlessly adapt to the indoor conditions. They can grow up to 3 feet high. And, thrive in medium, indirect light.
You can expect their flowers to bloom during springtime.
If you want something that’s unique looking in your home a bit different from other houseplants, consider bromeliads.
These come in assortment of colors that make them amazing to look at. You can choose form orange, purple, red, green and yellow just to name a few.
Their blooms are very different as well since these grow upright and don’t feature the delicate round petals that most flowering plant often have.
Also note that bromeliads can be terrestrial or epiphytic. The former means that they grow in soil just like most houseplants do. The latter means they’re better off hung on wood or grown in very loose potting media since their roots need good air circulation.
Knowing the kind you buy will help you pot them correctly to ensure optimal growth.
Begonias are a large genus of over 1,500 species. They are very popular because they feature stunningly beautiful blooms and foliage.
But, do be aware that there are many different kinds of begonias. In all there are 7 groups that differ in looks, shape, size and overall appearance.
The most popular of all are wax begonias. However, when looking for begonias don’t just focus on those with lovely blooms. Because there are some very unique foliage begonias that are heat-turners.
In case you want something smaller but still produces lovely blooms, check out cyclamen.
This plant only grows to about 6 to 9 inches high.
But, they boast of a sweet fragrance and stunning flowers complemented by heart-shaped foliage.
Cyclamen are native to the Mediterranean. As such, they enjoy bright, indirect sunlight. Make sure to place them somewhere with good air circulation.
To help it produce beautiful blooms, provide it with rich, well-draining potting mix with slightly acidic pH
There are over 400 species of geranium. And, like begonias, there are many different types available, each having their own distinct characteristics.
Some are more hardy to cold climates while others have larger blooms. Their colors can also vary depending on what kind of geranium they are.
Depending on the variety you choose, they can grow to between 10 inches to 2 feet high. The thrive under full sun. but are will tolerate partial shade as well.
Keep them in temperatures that are over 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The only exception here are the hardy geraniums which can tolerate colder conditions.
Geraniums likewise only need watering once the soil gets dry. So, be careful not to overwater it.
Kalanchoe are popular succulents that are known for their lovely flowers and leaves. It is a great option if you prefer a bunch of smaller, more delicate blooms that the large, in-your-face flowers that are listed in our list of best flowering houseplants.
Like many indoor succulents, kalanchoe do not grow too big. They get up to between 12 and 18 inches high.
They’re available in many different flower colors. These include pink, white, orange, red and yellow.
You can grow them indoors or outdoors. Although, most are kept as houseplants since they’re hardy to USDA zones 10 to 12.
Please note that they are toxic to pets and humans. As such, keep them away from young kids, dogs and cats.
Jasmine are beautiful flowering plants that can be enjoyed as houseplants as well. They feature lovely thin star-shaped blooms that come in white, pink and yellow colors.
They are a great option in you want something more delicate rather than the showy.
The flowers bloom during the summertime. And, if you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 10 you can likewise plant them outdoors during all year round, which is what most owners do.
That said, do note that jasmine are vining plants. As such, they make for amazing hanging basket plants.
They can grow to 20 feet long which means they’ll need pruning. However, you can allow their stems to cascade downwards from the container which makes them stunning indoor plants.
When growing in containers make sure to check soil moisture. The plant enjoys moist conditions but avoid wet, soggy soil.
Giving them partial sun as well as moderate temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit will allow them to grow optimally.
Gloxinia are beautiful flowering plants whose blooms feature dual colors. And, while beautiful, they’re easy to care for.
Often, beautiful flowers are more fussy. But, this is not the case.
They enjoy average room temperature (60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) which allows them to quickly adapt to your home.
Do keep them away from direct sunlight but near a sunny window.
They also enjoy moist soil. But avoid too much water as it will damage the plant.
To encourage more beautiful blooms, feed them with high phosphorus fertilizer every 14 days.