Escape the dull days of winter and brighten up your corner of the world during the long dark winter months with indoor flowering tropical plants!
Who needs silk arrangements when you can have the real thing?
There is nothing more cheerful than a plant springing into bloom when it is cold and snowy outside.
The right plant can add so much charm and grace to your room, almost like that perfect ceramic flower pot or that long awaited piece of furniture.
There Are Numerous Indoor Flowering Tropcial Plants
There is a wide variety of flowering plants available for your enjoyment that require different growing conditions, so you are sure to be able to find one that will fit your lifestyle and environment.
Let’s look at some of them and their different needs.
Anthurium ‘Lady Jane’
Anthurium ‘Lady Jane’ is also known as flamingo Flower or tailflower.
‘Lady Jane’ is an everblooming variety that is widely available.
These beautiful plants do require humid air, must be kept moist and need lightly but throughly fertilized when they are in their active growth period.
They require at least four hours of filtered sunlight.
Begonia hiemalis ‘Reiger-Elatior’
These begonias can be found in florist shops.
They require plenty of light and cool draft-free locations.
They also need at least four hours of filtered sunlight and must be kept evenly moist with good drainage.
Many of these are treated as short-lived gift plants, but with proper care and pruning, they can be kept longer.
Botanially known as Aechmea fasciata, bromeliads have an exotic look.
Try attatching this plant to a board and hang it on your wall.
Just don’t forget to immerse the board into a bucket of water every so often and allow it to drain before rehanging it so you don’t ruin your wall.
Bromeliads must receive abundant light, and in order to get them to flower, temptures must be around 75 to 80 degrees.
They only require fertilizer once a year in the spring, but they do require misting and the center of the plant must be filled with water.
I put mine on top of rocks covered with water, and they seem to thrive there.
Here are a few other members of the bromeliad family that do quite well indoors and will flower.
- Aechmea chantinii
- Guzmania lingulata
- Tilandsia lindenii
- Vriesea splendens
This is the florists mum.
They are easy to grow indoors, but seem to have trouble surviving outdoors.
They need to be placed in a bright window, kept moist, and not fertilized while in bloom.
Again, this is a plant that is usually discarded after the blooms fade, but it can be kept with a little bit of care.
You can cut it back, give it a rest period and bring it back if you wish, or take cuttings which root easily.
This is not the same Chrysanthemum that grows in the garden as perennials.
This is the Poinsettia that everyone seems to have at Christmas and sadly it often gets thrown away instead of kept.
This is in part because they need bright, indirect light and evenly moist soil to thrive.
These plants can be kept from year to year, and do nicely in the yard during the summer months.
The trick to getting them to reflower is to put them in a cool room with a bright window when you bring them in for the winter.
A succulent grown for both it’s flowers as well as it’s foliage.
They need bright indirect light, and cool temptures if it is to bloom the next season.
Fertilize lightly with a low-nitrogen fertilizer in spring and summer with less in the fall and winter.
These are plants that seem to thrive on neglect.
This is the well known Africian Violet!
This one preferes approximately 14 hours of indirect bright light a day, although you can get by with less.
They like moist air, to be watered with room tempture water, and hate their leaves getting wet.
They also prefer to be root bound.
This is an easy houseplant that will reward you with tons of blooms.
This beautiful calla lily requires four hours of direct sunlight in the winter, and wants filtered sunlight in the summer.
It needs moist air and moist soil.
After the plant goes dormant, you will need to allow the rhizome to rest and then repot it in fresh soil.
Other Indoor Flowering Tropical Plants
These are a few of the more commonly known tropicals.
If you have the room, or a greenhouse, there are some very unique plants that will also flower indoors that you can choose from in addition to those mentioned above.
Be sure to check some of these out and drive away the winter blahs with bright blooms of your favorite tropical houseplant.