There is no such thing as a maintenance-free plant, but there are multiple types of easy-care houseplants with flowers. You can practically have your pick of blossom color, size and shape, but there are seasonal and plant care considerations, too. Many easy-care houseplants may be hard to kill, for example, but will only flower under more ideal growing conditions and watering practices. Other plants may only bloom for a short time during certain seasons. Some plants with flower for weeks or even months, but then go dormant again for long periods of time, if it ever blossoms again. A lot of people want a bright, colorful, living home decoration that’s also easy to maintain. Here are some of our top choices for easy-care houseplants with blossoming flowers and colorful leaves.
Easy-Care Houseplants with Flowers
- Begonias: Some subtypes do fine with full sun or with full shade, but most every begonia will do well with lots of indirect sunlight or some morning sun. East- and north-facing windows are usually best. The most common colors are red, pink, yellow, orange and white. Some begonias will only show flowers for about the first half of the year; others are ever-blooming. While you can find a begonia for any place in your home or office, it is important to stay on top of their watering schedule. Begonias like more water than many houseplants but may still get root rot with too much watering. Soil should be consistently moist but not soggy. If you’re looking for a bright, flowering houseplant, there are begonias out there for every window in the house.
- African Violet: This houseplant does best with lots of indirect light. Getting at least 8 hours of light and 8 hours of dark will also keep this plant healthy with ever-blooming flowers. As the name implies, the flowers are predominantly some type of violet, but they do come in a variety of blue, red, pink, and white accents. The African violet needs periodic watering. As soon as the very top of the soil completely dries, it’s time to water. This is one of the few houseplants for which it’s important to keep the leaves dry. Watering from the top of the plant can cause unseemly spots on the leaves.
- Kalanchoe: Looking for a houseplant that thrives on neglect but offers long-lasting blooms? There’s a good chance you’re looking for some variety of kalanchoe. These succulents like dry soil and infrequent watering, especially in winter in preparation for blooming. In nursery conditions, they can be induced to bloom anytime of year, but as a typical houseplant, they will naturally bloom sometime in late winter and with a little luck continue to flower until the beginning of summer. For general care, they can tolerate moderately low-light conditions but will generally do best with lots of indirect light from an east-facing window.
- Christmas Cactus: The blooms on these flowers are triggered by light cycles. East-facing windows are perfect for providing plenty of indirect sunlight as well as sufficient periods of darkness in the fall. Other types of holiday cactuses (schlumbergera) have evolved to bloom at different times of year. The most common colors are red, pink and salmon, but you can also find white and yellow flowers as well. Holiday cactuses are also known for their pointy, claw-like leaves. The Christmas cactus is often best watered weekly in the summer and then gradually watered less in the fall and early winter to promote flowering.
- Prayer Plant: An easy-care houseplant in general, the prayer plant only produces flowers in bright, indirect light with windows that have no draft in the winter. Flowering prayer plants have small white blossoms and can be incredibly beautiful, but the flowers usually last only 1-2 weeks. However, these plants are also known for their dynamic, variegated leaves, which provide plenty of visual appeal on their own. Washing the leaves to keep them dust-free and a pebble tray for air humidity are also good ideas to increase the chances of flower blossoms. This plant likes regular watering and consistently moist soil with plenty of drainage to prevent root rot.