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10 Flowering Houseplants You Can Grow Inside All Winter

If fresh, beautiful flowers bring a smile to your face, you’d probably love to have them blooming inside your home all year long. Fortunately, there are many indoor flowering houseplants that can thrive inside, bringing you color and cheer throughout the cold months and beyond. 

Here are 10 flowering houseplants that you can grow inside all winter long.

african violets

African Violets

African Violets thrive in areas with medium to bright indirect light but can also bloom in low light. 

They feature fuzzy leaves and lush flowers, usually white, blue, or purple. Use them to add bright pops of color to your indoor space.

amaryllis

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is very easy to care for and does well in pretty much any window. They are one of the easiest flowering bulbs to bring to bloom. 

Amaryllis can keep growing larger and producing more blooms over time making it a wonderful house plant to keep over many years. 

Amaryllis is native to South Africa and has trumpet-shaped blossoms. They are usually red or pink and can come in variegated colours as well. If you want to try something different, plop an amaryllis bulb onto a jar full of pebbles and water (or a forcing vase). This “forces” the bulb and you get a gorgeous flower without any soil.

begonia

Begonia

Begonias are another easy-care indoor flower. These tropical plants can do very well in containers, so they make a great indoor plant. Begonias thrive in areas with high humidity. A brightly lit bathroom window is a great choice. 

Begonias come in many different varieties -tuberous and fibrous begonias are the easiest to grown indoors because they don’t require as much light and humidity as tuberous begonias. One gotcha with begonias is that they need humidity but hate overwatering. One way to get around this is to set your pot on a tray of pebbles and water. Your begonia gets the humidity without overwatering.

Clivia

Clivia

Clivia features orange clustered flowers and spiky green foliage. It’s easy to grow indoors and offers unexpected pops of colour. Like many other indoor flowers, clivia is native to South Africa. 

They belong to the lily family and you’ll see the resemblance with other lilies you might be familiar with. They need very little water and you might say that they thrive on neglect. It can do well even in a North window or other low light area.

To keep your Clivia flowering, you will need to give it a cold rest period in the fall. Otherwise it will continue to make leaves but no flowers.

Cyclamen
Female gardener planting spring plant at table

Cyclamen

Cyclamen features tuberous pink and white flowers. They flower during the winter making them a great option for indoors. Cyclamen is native to Eastern Mediterranean region and has sweet-smelling blooms.

Cyclamen are pretty particular about temperature. They want your house to be cool in the day and even cooler at night (sounds like me!). It also doesn’t like to be under or over watered. Take care to water from the bottom because watering from the top can cause the leaves and stems to rot. Like many indoor flowering plants, there is a dormant period after blooming that can require extra care for more blooms.

hibiscus

Hibiscus 

Hibiscus is actually a plant family that comprises over 300 species. Certain varieties can do well as indoor house plants. Make sure you buy a Chinese Hibiscus as other varietals do not do well indoors!

A little more high maintenance than some of the other flowers on this list, hibiscus can still offer beautiful blooms indoors with the right care. 

The most important thing to remember about hibiscus plants is that they are tropical. They need lots of light (you may actually need to supplement with a grow light) and humidity. My friend Heather shares all the ins and outs of getting your hibiscus to bloom. That is her plant above.

kalanchoe

Kalanchoe 

Kalanchoe is a tropical succulent flowering plant. They come in many different colors. They are a versatile plant prized for beautiful foliage and boldly colored flowers. 

Kalanchoe requires warm temperatures and it likes a lot of natural light that isn’t too direct. Water your Kalanchoe well and then let it dry out before you water it again. Make sure your pot has lots of drainage! As with so many flowering houseplants, Kalanchoe needs a period of rest and darkness before it will flower again.

orchids

Orchids

Orchids are an exotic family of flowering plants with fragrant, elegant-looking blooms. There are many different types of orchids, which are often pink, purple, yellow, or white. 

The Orchid family actually includes more than 25,000 different species that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most types of orchids that are well-suited for growing indoors will do well in pots that are filled with loosely packed wood chips, bark, stones or other material that allows the roots to be well aerated and well-drained.

They need strong light and high humidity to thrive. Check out Orchids 101 to get started down the right path!

peace lily

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are another popular indoor flower that needs very little care. They feature spiky white “blooms” and beautiful dark green foliage. I put blooms in quotes because the white part is actually a specialized leaf curled around the actual flowers.  

Peace lilies will visibly droop when they need water and perk up again very shortly after a drink. They don’t need a lot of light and can thrive pretty much anywhere in your home. The more light you give them, the more likely they are to flower. Those gorgeous dark green leaves will brighten up your home regardless.

poinsettia

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are really common during the holiday season, but of course can bring cheery color into your home throughout the entire winter.

They are native to Central America and are usually red, but can also come in white, pink, and yellow. 

Poinsettia should be watered whenever the soil starts to feel dry. They also will do best in a warm sunny window. Once Christmas passes, head over here to get tips on keeping it pretty longer.

Additional Tips

Supplement light for your flowers as needed with an adjustable plant light. This can really open up your options as far as where you can place your flowers.

Want flowers right away? Be sure to buy plants – don’t grow them from seed, or you’ll be waiting a long time for blooms. 

Keep your plants healthy with regular watering, pruning, and plant food (Schultz is my fave). And when in doubt, visit your local florist who can give you plant care tips based on where you live and the plants you buy. My friend, Leslie at Earthy Accents keeps me from buying plants that I will kill.

Ok with just green? Read my post featuring indoor succulents you won’t kill!

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