Flowering Houseplants
  1. Bird of Paradise
    Bird of Paradise
    Cousin to the banana, the bird of paradise is one of the best known of all the tropical flowers. This plant is a vigorous, rapidly growing indoor plant. They typically flower in the late winter or early spring, but under optimal conditions, will flower at various times. They prefer bright light, including some direct sunlight, to bloom well. Keep soil continuously moist throughout the year and maintain high humidity, if possible. A growing temperature above 60ºF is preferred. This plant prefers a rich, well-drained potting mix.
  2. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
    Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
    Phalaenopsis are a popular Orchid, with wonderfully long-lasting blooms. They love warmth and light and should be kept away from cold drafts. Use them as centerpieces or tuck them between pots of foliage plants for a bit of color. When watering, be sure the planting mix is well-soaked and then well-drained of any excess. Makes a breathtaking potted specimen plant. Very decorative on a small table or windowsill. Makes a lovely gift! Available Colors: Flowers in shades of pink, lavender, yellow, orange, and bi-color Bloom Time: Year round Height Range: 12-24" (30-61cm) Space Range: 12-15" (30-38cm) Temperature Range: 50° to 80°F (10° to 27°C) Light: Bright levels
  3. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
    Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
    Of all flowering bulbs, amaryllis are the easiest to bring to bloom. This can be accomplished indoors or out, and over an extended period of time. The amaryllis originated in South America's tropical regions. The large flowers and ease with which they can be brought to bloom make amaryllis popular and in demand worldwide. The amaryllis comes in many beautiful varieties including various shades of red, white, pink, salmon and orange. There are also many striped and multicolored varieties, usually combining shades of pink or red with white. Place the pot where the temperature remains above 60°F. The warmer the temperature (70-80°F night and day is ideal), the faster the bulb will sprout and grow. Providing bottom heat (by setting the pot on a propagation mat or on the top of a refrigerator) may help stimulate growth. Water only when the top inch of the potting mix is dry to the touch. Larger bulbs produce more flowers. Always store unplanted bulbs in a cool place between 40-50 deg. F.
  4. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
    Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
    The plant features very large, heavily veined and violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. equire bright, filtered light. They can even tolerate some full sun, especially if placed in an eastern-facing window. Plants that are kept too dark will fail to grow rapidly. Keep soil steadily moist, but don't allow it to sit in water or it will drop leaves and suffer from root rot.
  5. Umbrella Tree
    Umbrella Tree
    There are two very important parts to proper schefflera care. The first is correct sunlight and the second is proper watering. Schefflera plants are medium light plants, which means that they need bright but indirect light. A common complaint about these plants plants is that they get leggy and floppy. This problem is caused by too little light. Making sure that you are growing them in the right kind of light will help prevent leggy growth. On the other side, you do not want to place a them in direct, bright light, as this will burn the leaves. To water correctly, wait until the soil in the pot dries out and then thoroughly soak the soil when you water.
  6. Rubber Tree
    Rubber Tree
    A rubber tree is also known as a Ficus elastica. These large trees can grow up to 50 feet tall. A rubber tree houseplant needs bright light but prefers indirect light. Some people recommend putting it near a window that has sheer curtains. The rubber plant also needs the right balance of water. During the growing season, it needs to be kept moist. It is also a good idea to wipe off the leaves of your rubber tree houseplant with a damp cloth or spritz it with water. If you water the rubber tree plant too often, the leaves will turn yellow and fall off.
  7. Jade Plant
    Jade Plant
    This South African native is an easy to grow houseplant. Jades feature thick, round, green leaves on thick trunks. This plant is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, but as a succulent, it prefers to be dry. Usually Jade plants are killed by overwatering.
  8. Croton 'Petra'
    Croton 'Petra'
    Croton plants are tropicals, meaning that they thrive in warm and humid conditions. If your croton’s leaves fall off, it could be due to temperature changes, such as open doors or air ducts. A humidifier or a regular misting with water will also help your croton feel at home. Light – Croton leaf drop and a lack of fiery color can be caused by insufficient sunlight. There are more than 750 varieties of croton plant, some needing more light than others. In general, the more variegated the plant, the more light it craves. Water – The watering schedule for your other houseplants may not be suitable for your croton. Overwatering can damage the roots and cause croton leaf drop.
  9. Snake Plant
    Snake Plant
    Snake plants are probably the easiest of houseplants to take care of. These plants can be neglected for weeks at a time; yet, with their strappy leaves and architectural shape, they still look fresh. Additionally, they can survive low light levels, drought and have few insect problems. Snake plants are able to help keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. In short, they are the perfect houseplants.
  10. Slit Leaf Philodendron
    Slit Leaf Philodendron
    The split leaf philodendron is sometimes also known as the "Swiss Cheese plant". The Monstera deliciosa is the most well known member of the Monstera genus. It is a lovely large-leaved climbing plant that uses aerial roots as vertical supports. However, it has no suckers or adhering roots, like ivy, to pull itself up. In its native habitat, it has plenty of other flora to grow upon to help support it. As a houseplant, however, it needs the help of a pole to train it upward. Using a moss pole plant support helps enhance the tropical appearance and camouflage the woody stake. You will need a stout stake a little bit taller than the plant. Use wire snips and cut a piece of fine mesh wire just large enough to go around the stake. Staples work well to attach the hoop of wire mesh around the wooden stake. To finish this support for cheese plant, use soaked sphagnum moss. Fill in around the stake with the moss, by pushing it into the mesh.
  11. ZZ Plant
    ZZ Plant
    ZZ plants do best in bright to moderate, indirect light but will do fine in extremely low levels of light. This plant makes an ideal plant for a windowless office or bathroom where it will only receive small amounts of natural light. While ZZ plants can take direct light, you may see some scalding on the leaves if it is left in direct light. When you notice curling taking place, it typically means the plant is trying to move away from the light source. Move the plant to a shadier location or farther away from the light source. ZZ plants will do better if you leave them alone. Much like cacti, they prefer less, rather than more, water.
  12. Money Tree Plant
    Money Tree Plant
    The money tree (Pachira aquatica) is also known as Malabar chestnut or Saba nut. Money tree plants often have their slender trunks braided together and are a low maintenance option for artificially lit areas. Money tree plants are native from Mexico to northern South America. The trees can get up to 60 feet in their native habitats. In its native region, money tree plants produce fruit that are oval green pods which produce roasted nuts which taste a bit like chestnuts and can be used ground into flour. The plants get their name from Feng Shui practice which believes it will bring good luck to the owner of this attractive, interesting plant.
  13. Bromeliad 'Guzmania'
    Bromeliad 'Guzmania'
    The Guzmania family is the most commercialised bromeliad flower crop in Europe and quickly increasing this status to the rest of the world. Their popularity is obvious as their flowers are extremely colorful, exquisite and long lasting. They have flamboyant colors that glow, exotic blooms. The flowers can be tucked into the shinny green rosette or extend dominantly above the foliage. The large and brightly colored, very long lasting bracts hold the magnitude of tiny flowers.
  14. Geranium
    Maestro Deep Lavender Geranium will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate so it should be brought indoors in the winter or just grown as a houseplant. This annual bedding plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
  15. Pothos 'Marble Queen'
    Pothos 'Marble Queen'
    Pothos is probably one of the most common, and easily cared for house plants. A native of Southeast Asia, Pothos is a vine with heart-shaped green leaves featuring different color variations of white and yellow (depending on the variety). Pothos is very tolerant of a wide range of light and watering conditions, making it a good plant for beginners. This vine can grow very long, and makes an attractive hanging plant, and is also a good plant to train to vine around a support.
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