BLOOMING HOUSEPLANTS

NOTE: Our love affair with Houseplants goes way, way back...maybe not as far as the plant lover on the right but pretty close.
For a quick history of Houseplants click on the caveman.

The following are among the most popular blooming house plants. Some are seasonal so check for availability.

















REX BEGONIA

Rex Begonias are prized for their striking leaves. Light: Bright, indirect light year-round. They require less light than other begonias because of their low bloom output and do extremely well under fluorescent lights.
Water: Rex begonias like even water, but do not overwater, and, although they thrive on humidity they do not like being misted.

 


'Black Fang'

 

ANTHURIUM

Anthuriums make exquisite houseplants. They bloom in shades of pink, coral, red, lavender, or white, and last for two months or longer. They also make a long-lasting cut flower.

WATER: Keep soil evenly moist in Spring and Fall and a bit drier in Fall and Winter

NAME: Anthurium andraeanum

LIGHT: Medium to bright light.

WATER: keep soil evenly moist, barely moist in winter.

SIZE: To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide

 

 

CALLA LILY
Zantedeschia aethiopica

Also called an Arum Lily, Calla Lilies are one of the most beautiful of all the houseplants. For that reason they are a popular subject for artists and photographers.  A member of the Araceae family, they bloom in a variety of colors, often two colors blending into one another. Their green leaves are often spotted with silver-green flecks. When putting on a show, the wide leaves of the plant can sport a splash of the colors of the blooms as if an artist has taken a wide paint brush to them. See the lily to the right. Click on that lily for more incredible images.

LIGHT: Medium to bright light.

WATER: keep soil evenly moist. Calla Lilies can be grown in water.

SIZE: To 3 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide

 

 

KAFFIR LILY

Kaffir lily is commonly called Clivia. As a houseplant it usually blooms in winter with  up to 20 reddish orange or yellow tubular flowers. However it only blooms when it has been exposed to cool, dry conditions. Luckily, even without blooms, the unique structure of its Christmas green leaves make it a great looking foliage plant.

NAME: Clivia miniata

LIGHT: Medium light; 60-75 degrees F., 50-55 degrees F. in winter.

WATER: keep soil barely moist.

SIZE: To 2 feet tall and wide

Note: This plant is poisonous and can make children or pets ill if they eat or chew on the plant.


STREPTOCARPELLA

Also called Cape primrose, streptocarpella blooms almost continuously if given the right conditions. Most of the hundreds of hybrid varieties available sport pink, white, purple, or red flowers. With the exception of providing cooler winter temperatures, treat it as you would its more familiar cousin, African violet.

NAME: Streptocarpus x hybridus

LIGHT: Medium to bright light.

WATER: Keep soil barely moist. Avoid getting water on the leaves which can result in scorching in direct sun. Size: To 18 inches tall and 30 inches wide

 

CHRISTMAS CACTUS

Many of the plants sold as Christmas cactus are a closely related species sometimes called Thanksgiving cactus, because it usually blooms a few weeks earlier than Christmas cactus. Both types flower in response to cool temperatures and short day length. In fall, keep the plant in a sunny, cool, frost-free location until you see flower buds beginning to develop.

NAME: Schlumbergera buckleyi

LIGHT: Bright light; 70-80 degrees F., 55 degrees F. in fall

WATER: keep soil moderately dry

SIZE: To 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide

 

 

CROWN-OF-THORNS

This plant is a member of the Euphorbia family and, as such, is a cousin to the poinsettia. When you have such a beautiful cousin it's a good thing that you can tolerate neglect, as long as you can get bright to intense light and stay on the dry side. Like most Euphorbias it's an easy-care, low-water plant whose colorful flowers last for weeks.

NAME: Euphorbia milii

LIGHT: Bright to intense light; 65-75 degrees F.;

WATER: Keep soil moderately dry

SIZE: To 3 feet tall and wide

Note: Like all its cousins this plant is poisonous and the milky sap can cause illness or skin irritation if eaten or chewed by children or pets. It's also very thorny.

 

 

GLOXINIA

Closely related to African violets, the plants commonly known as Gloxinias, are mostly varieties of one species, Sinningia speciosa, which originally came from Brazil. These modern hybrids have brilliantly colored trumpet-shaped flowers and beautiful, large, velvety mid-green leaves.  The blooms can vary in color from rich crimson, deep red, violet and white to various combinations of such colors. 

NAME: Sinningia speciosa

LIGHT: Medium to bright light

WATER: Keep soil evenly moist except when dormant

SIZE: To 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide

 

GUPPY/GOLDFISH PLANT

Who knew the African Violet's family tree was so large? This relative blooms mostly in the summer, but if it has enough light, will flower all year long. The arching stems and dangling blooms of the guppy plant make it a good choice for hanging baskets. A favorite with children for the bright, goldfish looking blooms. Not always available.

NAME: Nematanthus spp.

LIGHT: Medium to bright light;

WATER: Keep soil moderately dry

SIZE: To 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide

 

Several types of geraniums are grown as houseplants. Regal or Martha Washington geraniums have the prettiest blooms, but require cool growing conditions. The common garden geranium and the ivy geranium offer showy flowers and easier to grow.

NAME: Pelargonium spp.

LIGHT: Bright to intense light;

WATER: Keep soil moderately dry

SIZE: To 3 feet tall and wide

 

 

DRAGON-WING BEGONIA

Several species are also commonly called angel-wing begonia.  The one to the right, Begonia coccinea, often called Trout Leaf Begonia because of its silver speckled foliage is upright growing, and can top out at about 6 feet. However the occasional pinching back of its tall stems will keep the plant bushy and under 3'. Begonias are perfect for hanging baskets.

NAME: Begonia coccinea

LIGHT: Medium to bright light;

WATER: Keep soil evenly moist

SIZE: To 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Note: The roots and stems can cause painful irritation of the mouth, lips, or throat if eaten or chewed by children or pets.

 

 WAX BEGONIA

Although very popular as an outdoor bedding plant, wax begonias make good houseplants and will bloom all year if they get enough light. Wax Begonias have  glossy green leaves which are a great backdrop for the red, white or pink blooms.

NAME: Begonia semperflorens

LIGHT: Bright light.

WATER: Keep soil evenly moist

SIZE: To 18 inches tall or wide

Note: Roots and stems of this plant can cause painful irritation of the mouth, lips, or throat if eaten or chewed by children or pets.

 

PEACE LILY 

This plant that has dark green, glossy foliage and an exotic white or cream colored blooms which last a long time.  Available in several sizes it makes beautiful houseplant for the table or floor.  Peace Lilies are a favorite choice for offices and work spaces because of their dramatic appearance and ability to tolerate low light. (Low light affects the plant's ability to bloom but not the health of its foliage). S. 'Mauna Loa' is the larger plant with which most people are familiar. It blooms almost year round.

NAME: Spathiphyllum sp.                                                           

WATER: Moderate, spray foliage occasionally to avoid spider mites. 

LIGHT: Light to partial shade; more in winter 

 

GUZMANIA Bromeliad

This exotic looking plant, a bromeliad, has stiff green, or silver and green variegated foliage arranged in an upright shape. When in bloom a shaft with colorful bracts (orange, yellow, red or purple) comes up from the center of the plant and these blooms may last for up to six months.

NAME: Guzmania lingulata

LIKE: Bright light.

WATER: Keep soil moderately dry, but keep water in the throat of the plant.

SIZE: To 3 feet tall and wide

 

SILVER VASE PLANT

Like the Guzmania this plant is a bromeliad with stiff, silvery-green leaves that also form a vase-like shape from where the bloom emerges.  The bloom is comprised of a large cluster of long lasting pink bracts that develop purple flowers with a much shorter life span. After the bracts fade, new offshoots, called pups, develop at the base of the mother plant.

NAME: Aechmea fasciata

WATER: Pour water directly into the vase to provide moisture for the plant.

LIGHT: Bright light;

SIZE: To 3 feet tall and wide


  

ZEBRA PLANT
Aphelandra 'squarrosa'

Zebra Plant has dark, emerald green leaves with bright white veins, much like the Alocasia plant, and although it produces an unique bright yellow bloom, it is grown for its foliage. When its flowers open, they only stay a few days, but the bracts will stay for around 6 weeks. Removing the bracts once they begin to deteriorate often allows the plant to re-bloom if given the proper lighting.

NAME: 
Aphelandra 'squarrosa'  (originally from Brazil)

WATER: Keep soil evenly moist year-round. Dry soil will cause leaves to wilt or drop off. Needs humid conditions. Place on pebbles in saucer of water or locate in a bright bathroom.

LIGHT: Bright light, but no direct sunlight

SIZE: 12" to 24" at maturity









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KALANCHOE
 
Kalanchoe 'blossfeldiana'

Flowering Kalanchoe is a popular houseplant usually available during winter and spring months. It requires very little maintenance in the home or office. It has dark green, thick waxy leaves with scalloped-edges and small, four-petaled flowers in clusters held above the foliage.  Kalanchoes are available in shades of red, magenta, pink, orange, yellow and white.

Water: Over-watering kills kalanchoes! Allow your kalanchoe to dry between waterings.  Never leave the plant sitting in water.
Light: Bright, indirect lighting. No direct sunlight.

                                                     

 

          

                        

 

 

 

 

 

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