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8 Pretty Indoor Flowering Plants You Must Have

Indoor plants are a fabulous way to add greenery to your home. When you add a plant that flowers it’s even better! Their beautiful blooms elevate any room with bright shades that come in all the colors of the rainbow. Whether you’re looking for a plant that is low-maintenance or a challenge for a true green thumb there are countless options to choose from!

If you’re ready to add a flourish of color to your home, these indoor flowering plants are a must-have for your garden!


bright blue and purple orchid indoor plants
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Orchids are a beautiful addition to any indoor garden. Though they have a reputation for being trickier to grow, every moment of extra care is worth it for their stunning blooms! When shopping for orchids, look for moth orchids or phalaenopsis. Moth orchids are an easy variety to grow indoors. Phalaenopsis will flower with vibrant yellow, purple, and white petals. Their blooms can even last up to six months!

Orchids prefer humidity levels of 40 to 60 percent, so in winter you will need to increase the humidity in your home. Then to keep your orchid happy, water routinely. Your orchid will need water again when it looks like it is about to dry out. Be careful not to overwater.

You will also need to provide it with plenty of light. If your plant has deep green leaves, move it to a sunnier location. Otherwise, it won’t bloom as nicely. When foliage is grassy green or even slightly yellow-green it is getting enough light to flower.

African Violets

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With bright blooms, African violets or Saintpaulia ionantha are a must-have in every indoor garden. Their petals have many shapes, including ruffled, single, double, and star. They also blossom in a wide range of colors such as white, blue, indigo, maroon, pink, and of course, violet.

If you love the deep colors of orchids but prefer low-maintenance indoor plants, then African violets are the perfect pick. Place your African violets in a sunny area. They like 12 to 14 hours of sunlight a day. Then, eight to 10 hours of darkness will help encourage blooms. Adjust the humidity in the area to about 40 to 60 percent. Don’t mist them with a spray bottle though! Misting these plants can hurt their leaves. To water them, simply place the pot in a shallow dish with water about 1 inch deep. Let them soak up the water for 15 to 30 minutes then remove the pot to avoid overwatering. Only water them again when the soil is starting to dry out.

Thanksgiving Cactus

Blooming Thanksgiving Cactus. Large flowering cactus with pink and white flowers.
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Perfectly seasonal for winter, Thanksgiving cacti or Schlumbergera truncata add an enchanting pop of color to your home. Usually, Thanksgiving cacti bloom around Thanksgiving. The shorter days stimulate flowering. If you keep your cactus warm at around 68 degrees Fahrenheit it can continue to bloom for seven or eight weeks. During winter, place it in a bright area and water it when the soil is dry. The soil should be moist but not soggy or completely dry. At night, allow complete darkness for around 14 hours as it promotes blooming.

Pro Tip – Thanksgiving cacti and Christmas cacti are often confused with each other. Christmas cacti or Schlumbergera x buckleyi bloom closer to Christmas.


Oxalis indoor plants flowering with purple blooms
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With deep purple foliage and delicate white or pink blooms in summer and fall, oxalis is a whimsical treat for every indoor garden. They are easy to care for too! Oxalis enjoy areas that get about six hours of bright sun during the day but are not too hot or dry as it can cause the plant to go dormant. These indoor plants prefer temperatures no greater than 75 degrees Fahrenheit when flowering and cooler at night. Their watering requirements are simple too. Water them whenever the soil is almost dry. Remember that this plant is slightly toxic. Keep it out of reach of pets and children.

Crown of Thorns

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Do you love succulents? Then, the low water requirements of a crown of thorns or Euphorbia milii make it a perfect flower for your green space. Blossoms come in a selection of vibrant shades and pop up throughout the year. You can find these indoor flowering plants in yellows, reds, and pinks. To keep your plant thriving, plant it in well-draining soil, in an area that has full sun during the day and is completely dark at night. Darkness at night helps prompt the plant to bloom. Don’t overwater it. As a succulent, it prefers its soil on the dry side. Then, always wear gloves when caring for this plant, its sap can irritate both skin and eyes.


geraniums with pink blooms
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A classic favorite, geraniums or pelargonium add a bright display of color and a delicate natural fragrance to your home. With so many different petal colors you can have an entire rainbow in your home! Geraniums flower in pink, red, deep coral, white, and lavender.

While you can grow geraniums outside, during the cool months of autumn and winter you need to move them inside. To optimize flowering, put your geraniums in a spot where they will get four to six hours of sunshine every day. Then, water them thoroughly when the soil is dry. Give the soil time to dry out again before the next watering. You will know it is time to water if the foliage starts to wilt slightly. When flowers begin to die off, deadhead them. This will help to keep your geranium blooming.


Yellow Kalanchoe Flowers
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A beloved member of the succulent family, kalanchoe plants or Kalanchoe blossflediana have bright blossoms of red, yellow, orange, and pink. For best success, water these indoor plants when the soil starts to get dry. Use potting soil that drains well to prevent overwatering, cactus soil is a good choice. Never let them sit in water. While they are blooming, place them in the sunshine for half of the day. This increases the length of time they bloom for. Darkness actually helps these plants develop their flower buds. During winter the long nights of 14 to 16 hours prompt bud development for spring.


Amaryllis flowering indoors
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Amaryllis plants are a treat in the midst of winter. Their flowers come in white, peach, pink, bright red, and deep burgundy and can reach up to 10 inches. Your amaryllis plant will need four hours of direct sunlight each day. It’s perfect for indoor gardening in the winter months! Then, keep temperatures around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and water the soil so it is moist but not sopping wet. Generally, a weekly watering will keep your amaryllis happy. When flowering is complete, deadhead the plant and let it continue to grow throughout the winter in a sunny spot.

Indoor Flowering Essentials

Whether you choose orchids, African violets, Geraniums, Oxalis, or another flowering variety you’ll have stunning splashes of color in your indoor garden. Remember, each plant has unique care requirements so always check a guide first to ensure success. The best part is, there are so many options to choose from that you’re sure to find an amazing plant no matter how much or little time you have to devote to your garden.

Which flowering plants do you have in your home? Add your experiences in the comments below then share on socials to help your friends establish beautiful indoor gardens too!