For those who do not have a green thumb or want something with zero maintenance, there are lots of amazingly realistic fake plants out there. However, if you have an interest in gardening, there’s a whole array of indoor flowering plants—some relatively low-maintenance—that can add a little color to any corner of your house.
You don’t have to be a gardening expert to keep these blossoming plants happy, according to Bloomscape’s “plant mom,” horticulturist Joyce Mast. “Caring for these plants is generally the same as for other indoor plants,” she says. “Most indoor flowering plants are able to reside in various lighting situations in your home, even in the direct sunlight.”
First off, maintain your plant by removing spent blooms or yellowing foliage. This makes sure the energy is directed toward producing new blooms. Mast also recommends keeping the soil somewhat moist while avoiding standing water at the bottom of the pot—which can cause issues for the plant’s root system.
If you’re ready to be a budding horticulturist, here are some flowering plants you can easily grow indoors and proudly display on plant stands.
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Orchids are probably what come to mind when you think of indoor flowering plants, and they have a finicky reputation. But they’re actually not too difficult to grow with the right orchid care tips. The main tricks? Use the right soil, and make sure to water the plant just as its soil runs dry.
The brightly colored blooms make kalanchoe an indoor plant standout. “It does well in bright sun, so placing it on a windowsill facing southwest should not be a problem,” Mast says. “This is a succulent-like plant, so it does not need much water.”
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Hydrangea varieties are a summer garden staple, but these shrubs can also brighten up a corner of your house if they’re potted. They thrive best in direct sun, with moist soil.
“If you see the bloom sagging a bit, place the pot in a sink or bucket with approximately two to three inches of water so the soil can soak up the moisture through the drainage hole for about 45 minutes,” Mast says. “Allow the water to drain and set back on the saucer in the sunlight.”
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“Bromeliads come in a variety of vibrant colors and are easy to care for,” says Mast. “They don’t require much water-most likely every two weeks or so, and the blooms can last up to two to three months.” She recommends two in particular-the Aechmea Fasciata Pink and the Bromeliad Tillandsia Summer.
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Chrysanthemums might be right up your alley if you’re looking for an easy indoor flowering plant, . “They require very little extra care other than keeping the soil moist and making sure the pot has good drainage,” says Mast.
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If you’re looking for a plant to brighten up your fall and winter, cyclamen might be the perfect fit. “The gorgeous, bright heart-shaped blooms will likely last around eight weeks given the right growing conditions,” Mast says. “Keep the soil moist and make sure there is no standing water in the pot.”
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These forced bulbs are popular in winter-especially around the holidays. To encourage the bloom, place them in a sunny, southern-facing window.
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“The anthurium symbolizes hospitality with its open heart-shaped flower and inspires happiness and abundance,” Mast says. They come in shades of red, pink, white, and purple, and need a warm, bright, and humid spot in your home.
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Sometimes known as the Christmas cactus, this indoor blooming plant features brightly-colored blooms and a succulent vibe. “The Zygos are unique cacti that feature long segmented vines that will spill over the pot, making this a great option to place in a plant hanger or on a shelf,” Mast says. “They can take the full sunlight and do not require much water.”
These easy-to-care-for indoor flowering plants are relatives of the African violet, Mast says. The blooms last about two months, and the plants prefer bright, filtered sunlight and moderately moist soil.