Plants can make any indoor space beautiful and connect people to nature. Indoor flowers are a particularly great choice of plants for beginners to grow and look after. They are easy to maintain and provide numerous benefits to your overall well-being.
Indoor flowers can come in an array of different sizes, shapes, and colors to provide that finishing touch a room needs. They are a great option for those who rent or are unable to decorate their homes to add a dash of color and warmth.
If you are considering adding indoor flowers as a beginner to your home, then take a look at this post covering:
- the benefits of indoor flowers
- top tips to maintain them
- 5 indoor flowers perfect for beginners.
Benefits of Indoor Flowers
Indoor flowers can offer the same benefits to our well-being as other indoor plants. Particularly in recent times, it has been extra challenging for people to get out and about.
Spending time in and surrounded by nature has an incredibly positive impact on an individual’s health.
But when we are stuck inside our health can deteriorate.
Indoor flowers can help to bridge that gap and bring nature to you so you can still experience similar benefits to being outside when you are unable to leave your home for whatever reason.
Studies have shown that indoor flowers can:
- Boost your mood and improve creativity
- Reduce stress levels and fatigue
- Clean the air by absorbing toxins such as carbon dioxide and producing oxygen
- Provide a natural, fresh scent in our homes compared with chemical, shop-bought fragrances.
Considerations For Beginners When Choosing Indoor Flowers
Even though we just covered the health benefits of owning indoor flowers, it is important to mention that not every flower is beneficial to every individual.
If you have pets or children at home, take time to carefully consider which flowers you choose to maintain indoors. Some flowers, although they may look beautiful or simply smell divine, are actually extremely toxic.
Let’s take lilies for example. Lilies are classically beautiful flowers with large, gentle petals and upright stamens. However, if you own cats or dogs, it is recommended to avoid growing these in your home as they are known to be extremely toxic if ingested.
Azaleas are another beautiful choice of indoor flowers for any home. But, if ingested by a child, can experience anything from mouth irritation and vomiting and could be life-threatening if large amounts are ingested.
Top Tips to Take Care of Indoor Flowers
If you are a beginner at growing flowers indoors, then follow these top tips to ensure your indoor flowers will flourish:
- Ensure the soil is nourished and watered regularly. Use compost if possible when potting your flowers as this comes with essential nutrients for flowers. Regularly check how the soil feels and if it feels too dry, ensure to top up with water.
- Place in natural sunlight. Plants need sunlight to photosynthesize. However, ensure to adjust the amount of sunlight each flower gets per day based on their light requirements. Some flowers will wilt and become too dry if left in the sun too long.
- Add holes to the bottom of your pots and place them on a pot tray. This enables excess water to drain away from the roots so your flowers will not drown.
- Carefully select a location for your indoor flowers. Inside tends to be warmer and dryer compared with outside. It is important to keep your indoor flowers away from radiators and drafty windows. Natural humid areas indoors tend to be in bathrooms or kitchens.
5 Indoor Flowers for Beginners
This list of 5 indoor flowers for beginners offers low-maintenance options without compromising on beauty.
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
Orchids look hard to take care of but actually are one of the most low-maintenance options for indoor flowers, making them a perfect choice for beginners.
Moth Orchids prefer a warm environment with access to sunlight. They produce flowers about twice a year, which last 3 months at a time with proper care.
Unlike most plants, moth orchids need to be potted in bark, moss, or clay pellets. They will not survive in soil or compost.
It is also important to not overwater orchids. Ensure that the material around the roots is fully dry before watering again. Mist the leaves during the summer to prevent them from burning.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
If you are growing peace lilies to their flowers, ensure to place them in indirect light within your home. When blooming, this plant provides beautiful tall white lilies.
Unlike orchids, Peace Lilies need moist soil at all times. Ensure to check the soil and add water if it is too dry.
Though easy to maintain, this plant is sensitive to slight changes e.g. in moisture levels or drafts. Ensure to provide a consistent environment to enable peace lilies to thrive.
Flaming Katy (Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana)
This indoor flower is a type of succulent offering a great choice for beginners. It offers an excellent contrast of large, green leaves, with small, soft flowers that grow in clumps of up to 50.
Flaming Katy’s can offer yellow, orange, red, or lilac flowers.
To take care of a Flaming Katy plant, ensure that the soil is kept moist, but your pot has good drainage so excess moisture can drain away from the roots.
Flamingo Flower (Anthurium)
This flower, named due to its beautiful, bright pink flowers, grows really well indoors. It produces heart-shaped flowers with bright yellow stamens.
The Flamingo Flower does best with indirect sunlight and high humidity. The soil needs to be kept moist and you can mist the leaves to increase humidity around the plant.
Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)
Cape Primrose is a great indoor flower for beginners. It offers beautiful flowers with mottled petals in a variety of colors including blue, pink, white, and red.
Though they do require sunlight, it is best to not place them in direct sunlight where it gets hot e.g. a windowsill. Cape Primroses do require regular watering but ensure the pot has good drainage in place. Finally, to take care of this beautiful indoor flower, remove any dead flowers or stalks to create room for new growth.
This list of 5 indoor flowers is ideal for any beginner looking after houseplants. They are easy to maintain, beautiful, and will certainly brighten up any indoor space.
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