Want to take your house plant game to the next level? Consider adding a flowering house plant or two to your collection. Don’t let the blooms intimidate you — there are many varieties of flowering plants that are unfussy. Here are some of our favorite flowering house plants that can thrive in an apartment.
African violets can bloom year-round if they’re cared for properly. They don’t demand too much work, but it’s important to remember one thing — don’t let any cold water get on their leaves to avoid brown spots. You may prefer to offer your plant a water reservoir to minimize the chances of hurting its leaves. African violets are known for their pretty purple, white, or red blossoms.
Begonias are another flowering house plant that is relatively low-maintenance. Only some varieties bloom, so it’s important to know what you’re getting before bringing it home to your apartment. These plants thrive in humid conditions, and they’ll some light spritzes or a water reservoir. Begonias prefer bright, indirect light. But be careful if you place them in front of a window — a draft could hurt your plant.
Anthuriums don’t actually provide flowers — the bloom-like leaves are known as spathes, and they can be bright red, purple, pink or white. To care for your anthurium, place it in a spot with access to indirect light, and water it only when the soil is dry to the touch.
Peace lilies are another resilient house plant that can recover from neglect. These plants are tough and can survive while living in less-than-ideal conditions. Peace lilies don’t need too much light, and they won’t die if you miss a watering once in a while. When they’re thriving, peace lilies provide beautiful white “blooms”, which, similarly to anthuriums, aren’t technically flowers, but look just as beautiful.
The Christmas cactus boasts hanging branches and white, pink or purple flowers. When nurtured, it blooms around the holiday season, hence its festive name. Proper care is required year-round for the end-of-year payoff, so be sure to provide your plant with moist soil, light mists, moderate light and some direct sunlight every once in a while. When buds begin to form, feed it some fertilizer every two weeks.
Think poinsettias are just for the holidays? You may be surprised to learn that, with proper care, these flowering house plants can bloom for months after the new year. Be sure to water your plant when the soil is dry, but don’t let it sit in water. In addition to classic red, poinsettias can be pink or white.
Finally, the cyclamen plant shows off pretty pink, purple, white, or red flowers blooming over cute heart-shaped leaves. Keep yours happy with plenty of bright light and moderalty moist soil.
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