Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

Flowers really light up a garden with their presence.

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

While the green of grasses is wonderful and beautiful, there is nothing quite like the extraordinary and beautiful colors that come from flowers.

In fact, the world we live in used to have no flowers whatsoever, with their presence coming about in the cretaceous period, and the earth was lesser without it.

Some of us have a very green thumb, able to breathe life into even the most dead carnations.

Some of us have the outdoor space to plant beautiful rows of roses, marigolds, and daffodils. However, most of us have neither of these things.

Most of us live in apartments or house shares with no outdoor space and no horticultural talent to speak of, yet we still yearn for a patch of color amongst the gray.

Well, don’t worry yourself, for today we shall look at some easy to grow indoor flowers just for you.

African Violet

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

The African Violet is an absolutely gorgeous little flower native to the regions of eastern Africa, specifically Tanzania and southern Kenya.

This flower is a herbaceous flower, which means it has no woody stems, so it is easy to pot and is not going to outgrow the room you place it in.

The Violet is a perfect spring and summer flower, as it loves humidity and light, and, if placed in the right location, it will not need much beyond these two things to bloom and thrive.

Just make sure to keep it regularly watered and feed it at least once a month with a high quality fertilizer.

Its native home is a cloud forest, a moist, warm place with lots of nutrients from constant leaf litter degradation.

As such, feeding and watering is imperative. Here is a list of the plant’s needs:

Light: This plant needs about 14 to 16 hours of bright, but indirect sunlight a day. Place in a sunny east or west facing window.

Temperature: Never let the temperature drop below 15 degrees Celsius or 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity: A high humidity is recommended, but misting is not. However, as long as it is regularly watered, a high humidity is not necessary.

Water: The soil must never completely dry, but it should never be wet. Instead, aim for a moist consistency by watering as needed.

Fertilizer: Once every four to five weeks, using a high phosphorus (15/30/15 is best) fertilizer.

This plant is a perennial, so you could have it brightening your house for up to two years.

Begonia

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

One of the easiest houseplants to grow for beginners, Begonias are one of the largest families of plants on the planet – with over 2000 different species!

They tend to come from moist, tropical climes and are native to Central and South America, Africa, and Southern Asia.

One great aspect about Begonias is how hardy they are, with many of them being able to survive easily in low light conditions, and most are rarely affected by disease or pests.

As long as the surrounding soil is suitably moist, and they have absorbed even a little light, they grow stunning flowers surrounded by wonderful foliage with little to no effort.

One issue with Begonias as houseplants is that they can get quite large, some growing up to a foot or two in height so make sure you buy a cultivar for indoor use.

The only things you really need to do for begonias is to mist them once a day to simulate humidity, water their soil once it’s dry, and feed them consistently when they are growing.

Light: Most of them like bright, but indirect sunlight. A lot of intense sunlight can damage them.

Temperature: Never let the temperature drop below 12 degrees Celsius or 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity: Needs a high humidity to survive. Mist daily or get a humidifier.

Water: Soil should be moist, but never wet. Letting the soil dry before watering again is a good idea before watering the soil thoroughly.

Fertilizer: Only feed during active growth. Use a balanced fertilizer with half the strength of normal and feed them every other watering.

Begonias are perennials, so they can live for up to two years.

Geranium

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

Another plant that is perfect for absolute beginners, Geraniums may have less species in existence than Begonias – at only 422 plants – but they are far more widespread.

Stretching across the globe, they are most commonly found in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Unlike the previous flowers, they are not tropical, which makes them great for those who live in drier regions or colder climates.

If you tend to them, they will also grow and continually flower throughout the year, providing a bright and warm color to your home – if you care for them properly.

They are quite hardy and can be potted in almost anything, including hanging baskets if you don’t have the floor or surface space.

Luckily, Geraniums require some of the least care of any flower, which makes them perfect for beginners.

They only need watering when the soil is almost completely dry and feeding two times a month during the growing season.

Light: Light is essential, especially bright light. Natural light needs to be strong throughout the day. Have them in your brightest room and, if you need to, use natural light.

Temperature: Never let the temperature drop below 12 degrees or 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity: They are not from a particularly humid climate and so don’t need additional humidity. Too much humidity can lead to some problems for them.

Water: Water only when necessary and let the soil dry almost completely between waterings. Check to see whether the soil is dry almost to the bottom of the pot before watering again.

Fertilizer: Normally, two times a month with a high phosphorus or balanced fertilizer that is also water-soluble.

Geraniums can be annuals, biennial, or perennial plants, which means they can live for a season, two years, or more, depending on the type of Geranium.

Peace Lily

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

Peace lilies have been well-known to the planting community for a while and have received more notice since their appearance in the movie: ‘Hot Fuzz’.

Hailing from the Americas and Southeast Asia, this plant has been called the ‘easiest houseplant’ by many who own one, thanks to its easy to maintain nature and its stunning beauty.

It grows long and wide evergreen leaves and a singular stalk with a gorgeous teardrop shaped pure white flower at the top.

This plant’s beauty is simple, much like its care, and it is a very forgiving plant to own, as it will continue to thrive for some time even if you forget to water it.

The peace lily does best in sparing light and high humidity environment with the soil kept reasonably moist.

This plant only needs feeding once or twice a year when it begins to bloom and the only other upkeep is the removal of dead or dying leaves.

Light: Cannot be in direct sunlight, but will tolerate low light conditions. Try to keep it in indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Never let the temperature drop below 15 degrees or 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity: Needs a high humidity to survive. Mist daily or get a humidifier.

Water: Keep the soil moist, but not wet and definitely not waterlogged. It will droop if it is not getting enough water.

Fertilizer: Feed the plant once or twice per year when it is blooming. These plants don’t need much, so don’t overdo it.

These plants are perennials, so they should live for more than 2 years.

Amaryllis

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

Unlike others on this list, there are only two species of Amaryllis in the world, both hailing from the Western Cape region of sunny South Africa.

This plant has become a favorite around the world for many different holidays – with people in Australia referring to them as the ‘Easter Lily’ – and they are known for their enormous flowers which can span six inches across.

The flowers tend to be white in the center and blend into a more prominent color the closer to the leaf tip you get.

These can be pink, red, or yellow and many hybrids exist now to create multi color blooms.

The upkeep is a bit more regimented than other plants on the list, with it requiring regular watering during the blooming of the flowers, feeding once the blooms fall, and letting the plant lie dormant in a dry, cool place for 6 to 8 weeks, before bringing it out again.

Even though this may not seem beginner friendly, it is easy to grow and it is a good stepping stone plant to learn how to take care of more difficult flowers.

Light: During the growth period, bright and direct sunlight is necessary. Once bloomed, move it out of direct sunlight.

Temperature: Room temperature is fine for this plant, but when it is time to induce dormancy, move to a room that has temperatures of between 4 to 10 degrees Celsius or 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity: Keep the room it is in fairly humid, but it doesn’t have to be too high. Misting or a humidifier will work.

Water: Keep soil moist, but not wet. The plant needs regular water when it is blooming, but will require less after the blooming period.

Fertilizer: Once flowers have started to fade, feed it every four weeks with a balanced fertilizer until it enters its dormant state.

Lipstick Plant

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

Unlike the simple beauty of a Peace Lily or the elegant nature of the Amaryllis, the Lipstick plant is a vibrant evergreen hailing from many areas throughout Africa and Asia.

It is known for its bold red coloring, with the petals being a light red and the tubes they come out of being a deep maroon, and for the peculiar shape of its petals.

Due to the flowers coming out of this tube, they kind of look like lipstick with only the slight opening of the end petals being a giveaway.

The other thing about these plants is that they are not actually flowers, they are in fact vines that produce beautiful flowers on them.

This makes them easy to grow in hanging baskets and as decoration along cultivated walls or doorways.

The plants themselves are resistant to insects and pests and do well in indirect sunlight, making them an easy to grow, perfect indoor plant.

Their upkeep is a little tricky, as they require regular watering, feeding once a month, and high humidity to survive during their normal growing season, but otherwise are easy to maintain.

Light: Indirect light or filtered light only, if in direct sunlight it may die. Having it on a ledge with curtains filtering in sunlight would be perfect.

Temperature: Never let the temperature drop below 12 degrees or 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity: Needs a high humidity to survive. Mist daily or get a humidifier.

Water: Keep soil moist, but not wet. The plant needs regular water when it is growing, but will require less after this period of time.

Fertilizer: Once every four to five weeks using a high phosphorus (15/30/15 is best) fertilizer at half strength.

These plants are evergreen, so they will keep their foliage year round.

Cape Primrose

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

Known by the beautiful name of Cape Primrose and the decidedly unflattering name of ‘Streptocarpus’ – meaning Twisted Fruit – is an incredibly forgiving plant hailing from the Afromontane bioregion (the mountainous areas of parts of Africa), but is most commonly found on Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.

We say this plant is forgiving, as it is very good at reviving after neglect, making it a very good choice for beginners and serial plant neglectors.

In appearance, it kind of looks like an orchid, but with an extraordinary array of colors that blend into each within the five petals each flower has.

These colors include blues, purples, whites, pinks, and reds with each flower lasting a very long time, with the right care.

Luckily for most people, these plants hail from similar climates and environments to that of the African Violet and so have similar needs.

They require regular watering and feeding once a month during the blooming period – between spring and fall.

You will also need to deadhead some flowers when the blooms begin to fade.

Light: Needs bright, but indirect sunlight a day. Place in a sunny east or west facing window, but never in direct sunlight.

Temperature: Never let the temperature drop below 15 degrees Celsius or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures at 23 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal.

Humidity: A high humidity is necessary, but misting is not..

Water: Water when soil is dry, but it should never be wet.

Fertilizer: Once every four to five weeks using a balanced fertilizer.

Kaffir Lily

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

Hailing from the same country as the Amaryllis, the Kaffir or Bush Lily is an incredibly popular large plant to have in your home.

Native to the woodland areas of South Africa it appears as little more than a sturdy bush until it blooms a bright cluster of orange and red flowers against the backdrop of its evergreen leaves.

Like Amaryllis, it also needs a rest period for its flowers to go dormant though, with it lasting a little longer in the Kaffir Lily – at least 8 weeks throughout winter.

The flowers come out as drooping bells against a green backdrop which is absolutely marvelous to behold.

While it is easy to grow, keeping the plant blooming every year is a bit of a challenge.

It requires regular watering, as well as a monthly feed when it is growing, before it enters a dormant state.

When in this dormant state, it needs a dry, cool place with little watering and absolutely no feeding.

Light: Bright, but indirect sunlight only. Can live in low light, but will not bloom.

Temperature: Room temperature is fine for this plant, but when it is time to induce dormancy, move to a room that has temperatures of between 4 to 10 degrees Celsius or 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humidity: Keep the room it is in fairly humid, but it doesn’t have to be too high. Misting or a humidifier will work.

Water: Keep soil moist, but not wet. The plant needs regular water when it is blooming, but will require less after the blooming period.

Fertilizer: When blooming, feed through the growing season with a balanced fertilizer at half strength. Do not feed when dormant.

Flame Violet

Beginner Flowers For Inside Your Home

Being a distant cousin of the African Violet, the Flame Violet hails from Central and South America and is a very easy plant to take care of.

Throughout the summer and deep into the fall season, the flower produces vibrant red and deep orange flowers that rest upon its waxy leaves.

These small plants are quite good to start a houseplant collection with and they actually require very little care, with each member of the genus having similar care requirements no matter what plant you pick.

Due to its native habitat, it requires a fair amount of watering and feeding two times a month in the summer.

However, apart from that its needs are minimal.

 Light: Bright, but indirect sunlight only, but with a lot of sun in the morning.  

Temperature: Never let the temperature drop below 15 degrees Celsius or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures at 23 degrees Celsius or 75 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal.

Humidity: A high humidity is recommended, but do not mist. However, as long as it is regularly watered, a high humidity is not necessary.

Water: Keep soil moist, but not wet. The plant needs regular water in summer, but will require less in winter.

Fertilizer: Feed every two weeks using a balanced fertilizer only during the summer months.

Conclusion

Having little outside space should not stop you from getting a green thumb or brightening up your home from the inside.

Easy to care for plants are readily available and giving it a go could be richly rewarding.

Amy Enrich