Like bees, we are attracted and drawn to flowers. Every time we go walking in the park, we always find ourselves looking and admiring the beauty of a blooming bunch and clusters of flowers surrounded by healthy green leaves growing in their distinct spot.
Sometimes, we imagine propagating and growing them in our garden. And often, we want to have these plants as an ornament in our home’s interior. But some plants can only grow outside, and some plants can strive inside our homes. These plants are called houseplants, and some of the flowering types include:
Peace lilies are houseplants that have dark green glossy leaves and creamy white flowers when fully bloomed. These plants can grow up to 40 inches and are very low-maintenance.
You can place them anywhere in the house, but if you want to make them bloom with flowers, you must put them where they are exposed to bright indirect light. If you want to know how to cultivate or propagate a peace lily, read more about them on Gardener’s Path.
Begonias are 6 to 12 inches houseplants that come in different types, including the wax begonias, the Tuberous begonias, the Cane begonias, the Rhizomatous, and the Rex begonias. Each type differs in size and growth habits but prefers to be planted on evenly moist and well-draining soil.
You can propagate a begonia at home using the stem-cutting planting method, which can be done by cutting a 4-inch stem from a parent plant and then placing them into your potting soil. To maintain the soil’s consistent moistness, you may make a hothouse for your plant by covering the newly-potted begonia plant with a plastic bag or plastic bottle.
Abutilon Flowering Maple
Abutilon Flowering Maple is another perennial houseplant with bell-shaped flowers with colours ranging from salmon, red, yellow, or white. They can grow indoors but must be placed in areas of full sun to very light shade. When nurturing an Abutilon Flowering Maple plant, avoid overwatering it and transferring or moving it to another location as it is sensitive to temperature fluxes.
The Crown-of-Thorns plant has religious symbolism. It is usually associated with the “crown of thorns” that Jesus of the Christian Bible was forced to wear on his crucifixion. But as a plant, the Crown-of-Thorns is a small woody succulent that can grow up to 2 feet indoors and has bright green tear-shaped leaves, thick grey thorns surrounding the stem, and clusters of pink, red, yellow, or white bracts that look like petals.
You can make the crown-of-thorns bloom indoors by placing the plant in a sunny location, such as the window, in your house, watering it regularly but not excessively, and planting it into a good potting soil that has drainage for excess water.
If you want to make your windowsill look attractive and full of colours during the winter season, you must grow some amaryllis plants at home. Amaryllis is a flowering ornamental plant that bears three to five large six-petaled flowers and can grow up to 5 to 6 centimetres tall. This plant prefers to be watered regularly and be exposed to bright indirect light.
Poinsettias are greatly known to be one of the plants that are associated with the Christmas season. They are perennial flowering shrubs that you can keep and nurture indoors.
Poinsettia has bright and colourful bracts that can go from orange to pink, pale green to cream white, and pink to white. But the most commonly known variety of Poinsettia is the red one. Its flowers are small yellow or white that bloom at the centre of the bracts.
There are two ways that you can use to propagate a poinsettia. One is by planting its seeds, and the other is through stem-cutting. If you opt to do the stem-cutting and rooting method in propagating a poinsettia, you must protect your eyes and skin before handling the plant as its sap can cause skin irritation and skin rashes.
African Violets are small flowering plants that can grow indoors and can bloom with clusters of violet, blue, or white flowers. They come in different varieties that differ in colour, including the First Kiss Blush, the Summer Twilight, the Gold of Scythians, the Diamond Tiffany, the Aroma of Summer that bears pink flowers, the Julia, the Silver Romance, and many others.
African Violets can be propagated by rooting a leaf from a matured parent plant. This can be done easily by cutting a leaf from a parent plant, with its leaf blade and petiole removed. Then, by planting this leaf on your rooting medium until the plantlet shows. And finally, transplanting this plantlet on your pot that is filled with regular soil mix.
There are many reasons why we must nurture and keep different types of houseplants at home. One is that they can improve our home’s mood and atmosphere, and another is that they can purify the air we breathe. In keeping houseplants at home, we must be responsible for watering them and follow some guidelines on how to take care of them to ensure their growth.