Flowers are the best decoration at home. Not only their exuberant color is pleasing to your eyes, flowers also bring a lot of benefits, from creativity booster, stress reduction to air purification. Excited by the idea but don’t know where to start? Here’s our list of 12 indoor flowers for beginners.
1. Peace lily
Peace lily is the best choice for you when it comes to indoor plants. Just tuck it in a corner of your house, let its sail-shaped, beautiful white flowers and glossy foliage brighten up your living space. In addition to its stunning appearance, it is also a natural air-purifier and can neutralize toxic air in the room.
Peace lily is the easiest to take care of. It can stand your neglect, and even tell you when it gets thirsty – you just need to notice how it droops. Peace lily is drought tolerant – you just need to water your plant once a week. Make sure the soil dries before the next watering to keep its root healthy. Peace lilies grow well in partial and full shade.
Kalanchoe is a flowering succulent. Its clustered flowers varying in colors can bloom for several weeks. With good care, you can enjoy its bright, beautiful flowers throughout the years.
Being a succulent, kalanchoe hates soggy soil. Make sure to plant it in well-drained soil and do not water too often. It is necessary to give your kalanchoe six weeks of 12-14 hours in darkness for it to develop flower buds. After that, you can put the plant under the partial sun or light shade so that its lovely starry flowers can blossom.
Anthurium is the world’s longest blooming plant. Its “flowers” – the spathes in dazzling red, pink, white, purple, can last for a couple of months in your house. Like peace lilies, anthurium’s dark green leaves can purify indoor air.
Anthurium remains one of the best indoor flowers for beginners because of its ease of care. As an epiphyte, it needs a host plant to grow on. Moss and coco coir-based soil mixture works best for this plant. Anthurium’s root is easy to rot, so make sure the top first inch of your soil is dry before the next watering. Bringing your plant to bright space, under indirect sunlight will reward you with a lot of large flowers.
4. Christmas Cactus
Its interesting leaves and tubular flowers in pink and lilac will steal all the spotlights. This gorgeous winter flower plant can be the most exotic, yet the most easy-to-care plant you can get for your holiday season.
Christmas cactus does not favor dry conditions like its relatives in the deserts. Therefore, watering regularly and keeping the soil slightly moist is important. It enjoys a lot of sunlight but avoids the direct sun as it can burn the leaves. Christmas cactus loves humidity so you can place it in your bathroom, kitchen, or on a tray of pebbles. Six weeks before blooming, cover your cactus during the day for it to speculate flower buds.
If you are beginners but love flowering bulbs and trumpet-like flowers, amaryllis is the perfect choice for you. Easiest to grow among the bulbs, yet exhibiting stunning flowers, amaryllis becomes a widely popular indoor plant.
To ease the planting process, don’t use the garden soil. Buy the nutritious potting mixture instead. Amaryllis is a sun lover – it requires at least 6 hours of sunlight to produce big flowers. Water regularly, but do not wet the bulb part above the soil. After the first blooming, make sure to cut off the faded flowers and cut sagged stems to the top of the bulb. Then you can bring your bulb to a dark place and let it rest in 6-8 weeks to get it prepared for the next flowering.
6. Phalaenopsis Orchid
Phalaenopsis orchid is such a trendy flowering plant to have at home. You can spot its big-sized, long-lasting flowers in a lot of interior design magazines.
Although orchids are generally famous for being difficult to grow, phalaenopsis orchid is a popular indoor flower for beginners. They enjoy indirect sunlight and can tolerate low light conditions. Like every kind of epiphytes, this type of orchid requires a special potting material like bark chips or ground fir tree bark mixed with charcoal to control water. Water it in the morning and your plant should be good.
7. Lipstick plant
Lipstick plant is famous for its glossy foliage and unusual flowers. From a brownish-red bud emerges a scarlet blossom. This elaborate display is reminiscent of an open lipstick.
Exotic as it is, it is extremely easy to care for. Well-drained, airy soil mixed with liquid fertilizer makes a good potting mixture. Light is the crucial element for its growth and blooming. Get your plant under high to medium sunlight and you will be rewarded with stunning red flowers. Water it only when the top few inches from the soil surface get dry.
8. Flowering maple
Flowering maple is a classic indoor plant due to its popularity during the Victorian era. However, the beauty of its bell-shaped flowers is eternal. A pot of flowering maple can be a great autumn ornament in your home.
Flowering maple is a relatively low-maintenance plant. Watering regularly to keep the soil moist and keeping them in full sun or light shade is enough to make your plant happy. Make sure to pinch the growing tips to encourage growth and good compact.
Hibiscus is a small evergreen shrub. Little as it is, usually 4 inches tall, it can capture all attention thanks to its giant, showy flowers. The flower varies from basic, single color like red, pink, purple to fancy mixtures of colors. For beginners, however, single-colored hibiscus is highly recommended because it blooms more abundantly and regularly.
Being a tropical plant, hibiscus needs plenty of direct sunlight to bloom, even though it can grow perfectly fine with no direct sunlight. So a sunny window spot is a perfect place to put your hibiscus. You can give it a generous amount of water in hot weather, but make sure your pot has an excellent drainage hole. Any potting soil is fine, but loamy soil works best for your hibiscus. You need to give your plant some pruning to give it a good compact.
Bromeliad brings the tropical, sun-kissed vibe to your house. Its colorful, exotic flowers which resemble pineapple crown would never fail to wow your visitors.
Even though its unusual appearance can bring the impression of high maintenance, it is one of the amazing indoor flowers for beginners. Bromeliad is not picky about soil; however, the mixture of potting soil and orchid bark is ideal for your plant. The plant is sensitive to over-watering. Only water your plant when the soil is dry. It thrives in sunny, bright space. However, exposure to direct sunlight can damage its lovely foliage. Bromeliad exhibits flowers once in its life. But don’t worry. The mother plant will produce offspring to continue the legacy.
11. African violet
Peeking through in its thick, fuzzy leaves are delightful blossoms. Ranging from single-colored blossoms like pink, white, purple to multicolored blossoms: white tinged with pink at the edge, African violets can be a joyful highlight for your house.
Probably the fussiest plant on this list, the African violet can still be your best friend if you follow the instruction. African violet thrives in loose, porous soil. As a beginner, you can obtain African violet specialized soil from flower stores. Water the plant from the bottom to prevent leaf spot. The soil should be from slightly moist to dry before the next watering. African violet thrives in indirect or filtered sunlight.
12. Cape Primrose
Cape Primrose has been a great indoor plant for decades. Its vibrant, eye-catching flowers held gracefully by its long thin stem can impress anyone. Besides the delicacy, cape primrose is also loved for its long-lasting blooms.
Cape Primrose requires the same light, well-drained and porous soil like African violet. Indeed, African violet soil mixture works fine for this plant. It also enjoys moisture and humidity, so make sure to water and mist the leaves regularly. The ideal light for cape primrose is indirect and filtered sunlight. Remember to wet the soil before adding fertilizers. Otherwise, cape primrose will suffer from fertilizer burn.
These indoor flowers for beginners do not require a green thumb, but a bit of love and caution to make them flourish. You should also take a look at our universal fiberglass planters. The stylish and elegant design can be a great complement to both your gorgeous flowers and interior design.