Seeing fresh blossoms on a dreary day is a surefire pick-me-up that improves your mood and makes the world seem a little cheerier. Are you worried that indoor flowering plants won’t survive your black thumb? These six low-maintenance indoor plants are easy to care for with few special requirements.
6 Low-Maintenance Flowering Plants
1. Christmas Cactus
Famous for blooming just before the holiday season, the Christmas cactus features long branches make of flattened segments tipped with red, pink, purple, yellow, or white flowers. The plant blossoms for several weeks throughout the winter, with each bloom adding a pop of color for many days before dropping.
To ensure that your indoor Christmas cactus thrives in your home or office, make sure it gets moderate light with a bit of direct sun during the day. Keep the soil moist while the flowers are blooming and consider transplanting the cactus once the last blossoms have fallen. The plant fares best in temperatures around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Peace Lily
The eye-catching bloom of the tropical peace lily is an elegant white spathe behind a prominent, spiky spadix. The plant’s lush, evergreen leaves are sensitive to light and water levels, so a little bit of thought is required to make sure that the peace lily thrives. Place it out of direct sunlight in a well-lit area, keep its soil moist with filtered and fluoride-free water, and ensure that the room is humid, above 60 degrees, and protected against cold drafts.
3. African Violet
A pot of African violets gives you fuzzy green leaves and pretty flowers featuring purple, white, pink, or blue flowers surrounding yellow central stamens. Place your African violets on a windowsill out of direct sunlight or keep them under your office lights. You need to ensure that they get enough humidity and their soil stays moist. Consider growing them in a flowerpot with a drainage hole on a tray containing lukewarm water. Drain the leftover liquid out when the roots have stopped absorbing, leaving a small amount at the bottom to maintain humidity.
If you want to enliven your space with an exotic flair, bromeliads are the way to go. Their vibrantly colored bracts that spike up from their centers are often mistaken for flowers. In fact, small clusters of flowers will typically grow on these bracts only once in a plant’s lifetime. Both the flowers and the bracts provide color for several months before expiring. After that, bromeliads spend their energy creating offshoots, which you can harvest and grow to repeat the flowering process again and again.
Bromeliads thrive in humid rooms with lots of indirect sunlight. When watering them, soak the soil until water leaks from the drainage holes to reduce the risk of salt buildup. Do not water it again until the top two inches of the soil are completely dry.
5. Phalaenopsis Orchid
Arguably the easiest orchid to care for, the phalaenopsis thrives in low light conditions and temperatures ranging from 60 degrees at night to under 95 degrees during the day. Its clusters of iconic flowers come in a range of shapes and colors, meaning you’re sure to find a style that fits your personal palette.
Water your orchid about once per week, or whenever the top potting material is completely dry. Don’t overdo it, though, as too much water will result in root rot. Once the blooms have fallen after several months, cut the spike back to leaf-level. If you’re lucky and take good care of your orchid, new flowers may grow again one day.
If you want to make a bold statement using indoor flower plants, look no further than the amaryllis. This plant’s bulb fares best when planted in a narrow pot with good drainage. Water the bulb whenever the top two inches of soil is completely dry, keep the container in a sunny window, then wait for long, green stalks to grow. Once one or more red, pink, or white flower buds start to show, move the pot out of direct sunlight.
After the flowers wilt, cut off blooms to curtail seed formation. Wait for the stalk to turn yellow before cutting it back as well. Let the leaves collect sunlight for a few weeks, then bring your amaryllis inside, wait for the leaves to turn brown before cutting them off, the situate the bulb in a cool, dark place for 8 to 12 weeks. Repeat the growing care process to enjoy new amaryllis blooms again!
Enrich Your Life with Indoor Plants
Indoor plants with beautiful blooms brighten a room as nothing else can. If you’re looking to add the perfect touch of greenery to your home or office, trust the professionals at Cityscapes Boston to enhance your space with stunning, sustainable plantscapes.