Some flowering houseplants impress with fantastic flowers almost all year round. We present seven colorful species and give tips on care.
Flowering houseplants add wonderful splashes of color to the house and put you in a good mood. With the right care and choice of location, some can even enchant us with their flowers almost all year round.
The formation of flowers in most flowering houseplants depends to a large extent on the light conditions, but temperature also plays a decisive role. In the following, we present seven easy-care species and go into more detail about their individual needs.
Butterfly orchids as flowering house plants
Among the absolute classics among the flowering indoor plants are the orchids with their beautifully colored and patterned flowers. The butterfly orchids (Phalaenopsis hybrids) have proven to be particularly easy-care representatives.
They feel most comfortable in light to partially shaded, a humid place without direct sunlight. During the day the temperatures are ideally around 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, at night at least 16 degrees Celsius.
The main flowering time of the Phalaenopsis hybrids is in spring, but many orchids can be made to flower again afterward. The soil is best kept moderately moist with stale, room-warm water. Regular fertilization during the growth phase is also important for flower formation.
The colorful bracts of the flamingo flower
The flamingo flower adorns more and more rooms with its colorful bracts
Depending on the variety and culture, the flamingo flower (anthurium hybrids) can provide color in the house all year round. It is not so much the bulb-shaped flowers that impress us: it is above all the colored bracts that surround them and with their bright red, pink, or white they attract everyone’s attention.
The flamingo flower develops best in light to partially shaded places without direct sunlight. To encourage flower formation, especially of Anthurium Scherzerianum hybrids, the indoor plants are placed a little cooler in winter for six to eight weeks at 15 to 18 degrees Celsius. Most flamingo flowers love high humidity – especially during the heating season in winter, the indoor plants are happy when they are sprayed with soft, decalcified water.
Flaming Katy: flowers in winter
The Flaming Katy is offered in bloom all year round
The Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) is an undemanding flowering houseplant from the thick-leaf family. Its numerous flowers stand together in dense umbels and, depending on the variety, enchant in white, yellow, orange, pink, pink, or red. The Flaming Katy is one of the short-day plants: The flowers are preferred in the dark winter months, with targeted darkening that can Thick leaf plants also bloom all year round.
It prefers to be in a bright room. When it is warm in summer, the easy-care flowering plant has to be watered more often, in winter it likes it a little cooler and its substrate can be kept almost completely dry. The flowering houseplant is fertilized every two weeks from spring to autumn with a cactus fertilizer in the irrigation water.
Gerberas as flowering house plants
Gerberas bloom in every imaginable color
With the brightly colored gerberas, too, you can choose from a wide range of flower colors, except for blue and purple. The plants originally come from South and Central Africa – in our house, however, the hybrids don’t like it that warm and prefer temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius.
The potted flowers bloom splendidly in a very bright room with direct morning and evening sun. In summer they can also move to a sheltered place on the balcony or terrace.
In winter, it is advisable to take a break in a cooler room. During the main flowering period from April to September, the beauties are best supplied with a liquid fertilizer every 14 days. If the air in the room is very dry, the gerberas will be happy if you occasionally spray them with water that is low in lime.
Flowering indoor begonias
The easy-care indoor begonias love a warm, bright place in the house
Indoor begonias also enrich our rooms with a wide variety of colors and shapes. They bloom profusely and almost all year round. A suitable location is important: the indoor plants like it bright and warm – even in winter the temperature should not fall below 18 degrees Celsius.
However, the flowering plants must be protected from direct sun. Always keep your potting soil slightly moist without waterlogging. So that the plants have enough energy for flower formation, they should be given liquid flower fertilizer every two weeks.
To prevent fungal infestation, withered flowers and dead plant parts are removed immediately. But be careful when caring for them: some Begonia-Eliator hybrids are poisonous and can irritate the skin.
Blooming classic: room cyclamen
A ray of light in the dark season: blooming cyclamen
Especially in the dark season, usually from September to April, the room cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) light up our rooms with their bright flowers. Whether with large, fringed, or small, fragrant flowers: the selection of varieties is enormous.
The beauties of the flowers feel particularly comfortable in an airy, cool room at 15 to 18 degrees Celsius. If they are too warm, they quickly let their flower heads droop and sometimes even shed their leaves. During their growth phase, the flowering houseplants are happy if you fertilize them weekly.
They are best watered using the coaster, but you should quickly remove any excess water. You can simply twist off what has faded at the base of the handle. In the resting phase in summer, the watering is reduced. Warning, toxic: it is better to wear gloves when taking care of the equipment!
African violets for the windowsill
African violets bloom all year round – provided the indoor plants are bright and warm
African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha) bloom in both the summer and winter months, which is why they have been valued as houseplants for decades. The permanent bloomers prefer to be indoors all year round because they do not tolerate direct sunlight or other weather influences.
Bright, warm rooms with temperatures between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius are ideal for flowering indoor plants – a place on the window sill in the bathroom or in the kitchen, where there is higher humidity, has proven itself.
Pour the African violets directly under the leaf rosette or over the saucer so as not to wet the leaves. Otherwise, they will quickly become blotchy and rotten. If permanent flowering is desired, the flowering houseplants should be supplied with liquid fertilizer at least every three weeks.