Landscaped flower beds and backyard gardens often get all the attention on décor magazines. However, even if you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, you don’t necessarily need to miss all the fun and health benefits brought by nature. Indoor plants can provide beautiful results. Plus, they will bloom within sniffing distance from your living quarters, and you will be able to experiment with some exotic species that may not be too fond of the crisp outdoors. In this article, we will guide you on the 10 easiest flowers to grow indoors.
On the other hand, not all plants adapt equally well to a living room. Some species need extra temperature fluctuations or have very large root systems that require lots of space. So what are some of the easiest flowers to grow indoors? The answer includes Christmas cactus, African violets begonias, peace lilies and geraniums, as well as more exotic alternatives like laceleaf, chenille, lavender, jasmine and bromeliads.
What makes a flower easy?
If you are not an expert home grower, you may want to start with resilient flowering houseplants until you build up your confidence. To determine which plants count as easy, we have looked at:
- The amount of care they need on a day-to-day basis
- Their ability to forgive the occasional missed watering or pruning
- The ease with which you can place them around your house
Top 10 easiest flowers to grow indoors
The list we have compiled includes a beautiful and diverse set of flowers. Most have an ideal set of temperature and light conditions, but should not require you to turn your living room into a greenhouse.
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
Full disclosure here: Christmas cactus is not a true cactus, which for our flowering purposes, is a good thing! Unlike most cacti, this plant provides a reliable stream of pink and red flowers between Christmas and Easter. It is also not a desert native and grows best in high humidity.
On the bright side, it requires almost no pruning, and once there are some light and heat around, it will stick around for a long time. This makes it an ideal plant to keep in one of your kitchen corners.
African Violets (Saintpaulias)
These lovely, quaint flowers get an undeserved reputation for being finicky. While it’s true that they don’t like cold temperatures or water, they are pretty faithful companions for a windowsill. They also bloom year-round and have small roots, so they can be squeezed in a small corner.
African violets just have two main requirements: make sure you let their soil dry out between waterings, and make sure not to pour water directly on the leaves.
Begonias (Begonia species)
Begonias are great flowers for shaded gardens, and their blue to mauve flowers are quickly turning into a personal favourite.
If grown indoors in a relatively warm room, begonias tend to grow larger and bolder and will flower continuously the whole year long. Just keep them out of direct sunlight, and make sure to water and mist them at least twice a week.
Bromelias (Bromeliad species)
Bromelias are great for anyone who wants their windowsills to be the envy of the condo but is not willing to spend a small fortune on flowering supplements. Bromelias can produce purple, orange, and yellow flowers, which offer a stark contrast to their smooth, long leaves. Just make sure to keep them on a window with bright indirect light (or close to the sunset rays) and to keep the soil well-drained. They are drought tolerant and will quickly forgive you if you forget to water them.
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum floribundum)
Peace lilies draw their name from their smooth, thick white flowers, which were traditionally a peace offering for newcomers. They are remarkably low maintenance and can last for years, which makes them useful as a symbol of goodwill (because who wants to gift an obligation, right?)
A peace lily will need regular watering and occasional misting. The plant withstands both medium and direct light.
Geraniums (Pelargonium species)
Geraniums can produce flowers in too many shades to count, ranging from completely white to night-sky blue. This makes them an ideal option for outdoor flowerbeds in the Southern states. If you are growing them indoors, you will just need to make sure they are never left next to an open window in the winter: frosty conditions are pretty much their only enemy. They don’t need frequent watering and grow best in well-drained soils.
Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
Expensive and elegantly aromatic, jasmine is rarely thought of as an indoor-friendly shrub. However, if you have a bright corner in your home that enjoys a warm temperature year-round, jasmine can be a worthy investment. It will diffuse its scent most at dusk at night. It will require direct light and frequent watering, but little care otherwise.
Laceleaf (Anthurium species)
Laceleaf flowers look pretty similar to peace lilies – only their smooth flower petals are bright red instead of white. They rarely require any additional nutrients, just warmth and humidity. As long as they don’t get thirsty, laceleaves will continue blooming regularly. Just check if the top inch of soil is dry to know if it needs an extra dash of water.
A word of caution: if you have curious pets, steer clear from anthuriums. The flowers can be poisonous.
Chenille (Acalypha hispida)
Chenilles may be the oddest looking of the bunch presented here. Their fuzzy flowers appear oddly dry to the touch, and both the leaves and the scent are reminiscent of mint. Nonetheless, they will become a conversation piece, especially if placed in hanging baskets.
The main conundrum with chenilles will be placement: they require direct sunlight and moderate moisture, so you may need a small step ladder to care for them.
Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus Radicans)
Lipstick plants are as delicate and sensual as their name indicates. If you want to enhance the exotic look of its cascading vines, try placing them on a high pedestal or basket to shape leaves and vines downwards.
This Asian plant will also need partial shade and frequent misting, as it likes humidity. However, it will extract its nutrients from the soil and air without much help.
Growing flowering plants is something that many of us would turn into a full-time hobby. For the beginner gardener, it is best to find some species that are easy to grow first: the best tropical garden is the one that keeps itself! The plants listed above won’t demand much of your time, beyond the initial placement. If you are more interested in improving your home’s exterior instead, learn more about must-have garden plants.