Top Flowering Indoor Plants

Valentine's Day Indoor Plants

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Flowers simply make people happy... and well-chosen, flowering plants will extend that joy for weeks to come.

 

PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID (Picture 1): Elegant and captivating, the moth orchid is a pure delight to include in your indoor home. Flowers bloom in  white, violet, yellow, pink and many patterns, so there is an special orchid for everyone’s Valentine. When in bloom, this exotic plant doesn’t require very much special care: simply, proper watering, humidity and warm temperatures. With a few tips and motivation, nurturing orchids can be very rewarding. The graceful and exotic orchid flower represents love, luxury, beauty and strength.

Light: Bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight will burn the delicate leaves. Filtered light is best in an east or west window.

Water: Water once every 7 - 10 days with tepid water. Never allow them to dry out completely or stand in water. It’s best to water them in the morning to allow the foliage to dry off by nightfall.

 

CYCLAMEN: Graceful as butterflies... Cyclamen is a small, flowering plant with sweet-scented blooms on long stems that float above heart-shaped leaves. The flowers speak in shades of pink, purple, red or white. The cyclamen flower signifies deep love and sincere affection.

Light: Bright, indirect light in winter when plant is actively growing.

Temperature: They thrive in warm temperatures… never below 55 degrees.

Water: While blooming, keep root ball well dampened but never pour water directly on the tuber or root rot may develop. Tip: Water plant from below and quickly pour out any remaining water.

Blooming: Pinch spent blooms to encourage more flower buds.

 

ANTHURIUM (Picture 2): An exotic beauty with gorgeous pink, red, white or purple heart-shaped flowers that are not really flowers at all, but are actually leaves. The Anthurium or Flamingo Flower is a low maintenance treasure that thrives in a warm, well-lit location. Anthurium symbolize long-lasting love and friendship.

Light: Bright, indirect light. (The more light that the plant receives, the more flowers your plant will produce.) Never place in direct sunlight. During the winter, they can handle even less light.

Water: Keep the soil lightly moist during the growing season from March-September.

Blooming: Longer lasting flowers in cooler areas.

 

KALANCHOE (Picture 3): If you want a real pop of color indoors this winter, Kalanchoes would be a popular choice. These easy-care succulents are native to dry areas and are valued for their thick, fleshy leaves with scalloped edging, as well as the clusters of brightly colored, star-shaped flowers in light or hot pinks (also yellow, orange, red, or white). Look for single or double petal varieties, too. Kalanchoe flowers symbolize endurance, lasting affection or wealth & prosperity.

Light: The Kalanchoe prefers bright, sunny spots. Cooler locations will prolong their blooms. Avoid drafts of hot or cold air that can cause blossoms to drop and leaves to yellow.

Temperature: They thrive in warm temperatures… never below 55 degrees.

Water: Let the soil surface dry out between watering. In winter, water the plant deeply and allow it to dry out completely before you give it more water. Pour off excess water that collects in saucer to avoid root rot. They thrive in winter houses with low humidity.

Blooming: Remove the first set of blossoms as they fade and encourage a second round of flowers. Or, cut off spent flower stems and pinch back leggy growth to keep plant more compact.

 

The SWEETHEART WAX PLANT or HOYA: Also known as the Valentine plant, the Sweetheart Hoya is well named for its succulent-like, heart-shaped leaves. Like other Hoya varieties, it is a low-maintenance indoor plant. When mature, it becomes a vining plant with many heart-shaped leaves.  This Hoya's leaves signify love and devotion.

Light: The Sweetheart Hoya tolerates low light, but not full shade. However, it is more likely to bloom in bright or indirect sunlight. Room temperatures should be between 60 and 80 degrees.

Water: With its fleshy, succulent leaves, the Hoya is relatively drought-tolerant and does well with as few as one or two waterings per month. Water deeply when the soil is slightly dry to the touch, then let the pot drain thoroughly. Although the soil should never become bone dry, wet soggy soil can cause rot. Be sure that the pot has a drainage hole.

 

AZALEA (Picture 4): The indoor Azalea is adored for its stunning, many petalled flowers that contrast with glossy dark-green leaves. It is an elegant plant that is native to the forests of China and Japan and cherished as an indoor plant whether it is grown as a shrub or snipped into topiary form. Choose from Valentine bloom colors such as pink, red, violet or white. The azalea flower is a symbol of femininity and softness.

Light: Place plant in a bright to partly shady location. Cooler locations will prolong their blooms.

Water: Keep evenly damp. Avoid a soggy or dry root ball.

Blooming: Azaleas thrive better with cooler indoor temperatures.

 

GARDENIA: Pure Southern charm… The sensuous fragrance of the snow-white blossoms of the Gardenia make it a very popular indoor plant… especially for Valentine’s Day gift giving. The Gardenia flower symbolizes secret love between two people and joy.

Light: At least four hours or bright light daily but no full sun.

Water: Keep soil lightly moist, but do not overwater. While flowering, if the soil becomes too dry, this will cause the buds to drop. This plant thrives with humidity.

Blooming: Although gardenias are considered high-maintenance plants and are vulnerable to many insects and diseases, the fragrance of these rose-like blooms make them a must-have, indoor plant.