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Flowering House Plants

By Mitch Fitzgerald (MitchFJuly 29, 2008

There is nothing more satisfying than coming home from a hard days work to the sights and smells of flowers blooming right there in your home. Even with small apartments or rental properties you can always have a few well placed plants growing on window ledges and under grow lights blooming for you. And, if well planted, you can have in home blooms almost all year round. This is a simple introduction to the wonderful and wild world of flowering house plants.

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African Violet - Low growing and nearly ever blooming plants that are loved for their blooms which are held high above the crowns of the plants. There are many colors and sizes on the market today with miniature and trailing forms being among the biggest, newest, and best.  They can be grown in terrariums or in any eastern facing window. Thank you to Wayne_Susan for the image.


Amaryllis - The bulb with huge strap-like leaves and large lily shaped blooms held very high on tall stalks. These are often bought during the winter season for a single bloom stalk but, with a little care and time, can be grown and loved year after year. These plants love the sun light and will stretch to find it. Thank you to Kaufmann for the image.


Apostle Plant - This iris relative with similar flowers and leaves is an old window garden favorite. Also called walking Iris, this is one of those plants that will reward you with more plants in time.  The stem will really bend over with a new plant on the end and it can be potted up to grow new plants to share with friends and family. Thank you to groengebied for the image.  


Begonia - There are so many fine choices and so many different types of blooms, leaves, and shapes. From the ultra mini to the huge and stunning, there is a plant for any home or location. There are so many stunning varieties that it can be simple and easy to have at least one of these in bloom almost year round in your home. Thank you to judycooksey for the image.  


Cyclamen - The cormous-rooted plant with amazing flowers that look like folded paper held over the wonderful rosettes of succulent heart shaped leaves. This is a very popular gift and holiday plant and will last for many years in a cool room.  They don't like full sun and they don't like heat. Thank you to Howard_C for the image.


Fuchsia - This is among the most amazing plants.  The classical flowers hang down from the plant and are perfect for baskets. They can be long lived but are sadly often treated like a simple annual in many areas. They love cool weather and they love to be kept moist, I have even seen people use ice cubes at the plants base to keep the roots cool on very warm days. Thank you to Zanymuse for the image.


Star Jasmine - This is a slow growing vine with amazing glossy green leaves. The fragrant flowers are among the most scented in the house plant kingdom. This is a wonderful plant for hanging baskets and just the wonderful old plant to remember the smells of the old deep South. Thank you to Thaumaturgist for the image.


Moses in a Basket - Wonderful plant with stiff leaves held in tight rosettes. The leaves will, once a year, have a cradle like "basket" form that will be filled with a tight succession of wonderful simple blooms. This is a classic hanging plant that can also be grown in a pot and left to fall over the edge just a little. Thank you to Evert for the image.


Oxalis - These little spreading bulbs are great in the home. Their clover like leaves have wonderful little flowers that close at night. Thank you to PotEmUp fo the image.


Poinsettia - A compact shrub that can be grown for many years with very simple care. The branches have a sticky white sap that can tend to get on anything if you are not careful. The colorful bracts are due to the light and dark hours in a day and must be simulated with time in a closet or other dark area for part of the day. Thank you to kniphofia for the image.


Dwarf Pomegranate - A fun to grow fruit that grows on a very slow growing shrub. With bright green leaves, simple flowers, and edible fruit, this is a no brainer to add to your house plant collection.  It is best in full sun sitting in a window, but it can be grown with grow lights.  Thank you to htop for the image.


Miniature Rose - This is nothing more than a smaller and hardier replica of the garden rose. It will flower in any cool, sunny windowsill or under grow lights. There are many wonderful stunning and well-trained flowering plants. Thank you to mickgene for the image.  


Zebra Plant - This is a surprising tropical plant prized for the green glossy leaves with white veins and very showy flowers. These make a handsome accent mixed with other indoor plants and make great groupings for display.  Easy to propagate from cuttings, this is a great and wonderful plant.  Thank you to emilyrasmus for the image.  

  About Mitch Fitzgerald  
Mitch FitzgeraldI am a pentecostal preacher, gardener,husband, and a father. I love natives, daylilies, iris, and roses. I love teaching others, be they children or adults, about the garden and plants.

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