The weather is warming and flowers are blooming. Green thumbs are in their flower gardens planting, fertilizing, and trimming. But some of us don’t have the time or the space to have a beautiful lush flower garden in our yard. That’s okay, just bring it inside! Indoor flowers will not only brighten up your home, but purify the air while bringing the smell of spring inside. Here are four easy to maintain indoor flowers… and one that’s a little more difficult.
Amaryllis a.k.a. “Yellow Goddess”
No other flower will bring the smell of spring to your home quite like the Yellow Goddess. It has a big robust bloom and a strong fragrance. The Yellow Goddess needs lots of sun and moderate levels of water. The average height for a Yellow Goddess is around two feet, so make sure you give it room to grow. All parts of it are poisonous, so it’s not recommended for anyone who has small children. If you have animals just be aware of the potential dangers. Dogs are the most common animal to be affected.
With bright vibrant color and slight fragrance, the Clivia is a perfect indoor flower. The Clivia is actually known to grow best when it is potted. This flower needs indirect light and daily watering. Clivias need a break to fulfill it’s potential. Withholding water from October to January will give the flower time to be dormant. If you give the Clivia it’s required rest it will bloom perfectly and quickly every year. To bring the Clivia out of dormancy, start watering and gradually raise the temperature. Like the Yellow Goddess, the Clivia is also poisonous.
If you want to bring a hint of the tropics to your home, the Hibiscus is the perfect flower. The Hibiscus loves a cozy pot and enjoys the direct sunlight. Even though they love the sunlight, if it gets too hot it will die. Move the plant to a shady place on really hot days. Hibiscus love water. When they are blooming they are very thirsty. You’ll need to water them heavily during this time. When the temperature cools they will require less water. Hibiscus can be toxic to animals.
Orchids have become a very popular flower for those who enjoy indoor flowers. Orchids can be found at everywhere from nurseries to groceries. The problem with buying some of these arrangements is that they are not potted correctly. Unfortunately, repotting an Orchid will more than likely kill it. Orchids are necessarily fragile flowers. They don’t need to be watered every day. In fact, an ice cube or two every week should be a sufficient amount of water for the flower. Orchids grow best in indirect sunlight and you should avoid hot spots in your home. Orchids aren’t considered toxic, but if an animal consumes a large amount it might become sick.
I promised a challenging flower and here it is! The Anthurium is a great indoor flower, but it can be difficult to maintain. Anthuriums need indirect sunlight, but that isn’t the whole story. While too much light will fry the Anthurium not enough light will prevent the flower from blooming at all. It’s highly important to monitor the Anthurium to ensure it gets just the right amount of sun. Finding the right watering level is difficult as well. Anthuriums are highly susceptible to root rot. If you don’t water the flower enough it will dry out and will become almost impossible to bring back. Anthuriums are highly toxic and can even cause skin irritation if sap gets on your skin.