What Flowering Plants Are Best for Indoor Planting?
Indoor flowering plants can make a big impact on any room. Growing flowers indoors can also be a good lesson for kids in responsibility and plant care. Take the time to learn which indoor plants are best for the lighting, heat, and time commitment in your home.
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You can use indoor flowering plants as centerpieces for your table or propagate some of them and give them away as gifts. Use them to teach your children about plants. The best part about these plants is the satisfaction you will get from seeing them grow.
African violets are very easy to grow, as they require only indirect sunlight and grow well in temperatures from 65 to 85 degrees F. Repot them after you buy them because they grow better in potting soil. Mix fertilizer with water, and water them in the saucer when the top soil feels dry. African violets are easy to propagate with leaf cuttings. And flowers will grow more quickly if you pinch off the dead blooms.
Spider plants produce long stems with tiny flowers and are excellent for hanging. Keep them out of direct sunlight, and make sure the soil remains moist but not too wet. Fertilize the plants every two months with a general houseplant fertilizer. Keep the room temperature above 45 degrees during the winter. High temperatures during the summer are fine. Propagate them by sticking one of the clusters in a glass of water.
The tall, red amaryllis flowers grow from bulbs and take seven to 10 weeks to grow. Large department and home improvement stores sell them in the fall and winter, and they come with complete planting directions. These flowers need direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist, but do not overwater them. Never let the water stay in the saucer. These flowers prefer temperatures from 65 to 70 degrees F.
Chrysanthemums grow as well indoors as they do outdoors. They need good light and average room temperatures, but do not put them near a heat source. Do not water them until the soil is completely dry. Propagate them by taking cuttings and rooting them in water. The edible flowers can be used in salads.