Flowering Houseplants for the Bedroom

If you want to add a lovely touch of fresh color to your bedroom, turn to the master designer: Mother Nature. When you add living plants to your room, you not only get décor that adds to every style, you also get health benefits – houseplants help remove harmful chemicals from the air, increase room humidity and improve mood.

While healthy green foliage can be enough on its own, you can take it a step further by growing flowering houseplants. Yes, there are many plants willing to bloom indoors, and some of them are actually quite easy to grow. So whether you have a green thumb or not, one of these ten flowering houseplants will survive – and even thrive – in your room.

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    These tropical beauties sport heart-shaped colorful bracts with tall, erect flower spikes. Red and white are the most common, but you’ll also find pink, yellow or peach.

    Green thumb level: Moderate to challenging

    Light: Bright light, but no direct sun or intense heat. Southern or eastern-facing windows are best.

    Temperature: These plants like it warm – up to 80 degrees for the happiest plant, and definitely not below 65.

    Water: Keep moist but not soggy. Anthuriums require high humidity, so spray with water daily or keep a tray filled with moist pebbles underneath the pot.

    What makes it special: You can’t beat anthurium for tropical charm, but they can be temperamental. All parts of the plant are poisonous to pets, so keep it away from Fluffy and Fido.

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    These garden classics are equally at home indoors. Try ivy or zonal geraniums in pretty pots. You’ll find blooms in many shades of pink, red, purple, white and orange.

    Green thumb level: Easy

    Light: Geraniums need a lot of light to bloom, so place yours in a southern or western facing window.

    Temperature: Your geranium will be happiest when the temperature is between 60 and 75 degrees.

    Water: Let the soil dry out a bit between waterings. Try and keep water off the plant’s leaves, as this can cause spots or sunken areas.

    What makes it special: Geraniums have cheerful cottage charm that adds a happy touch to any room. Ivy geraniums do well in hanging baskets; try a pretty pot for a zonal geranium.

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    Goldfish Plant

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    With orange, red or yellow waxy flowers that resemble an open-mouthed goldfish or guppy, how could you not love the goldfish plant?

    Green thumb level: Easy

    Light: Your goldfish plant will be happiest in an eastern facing window, or under a fluorescent light.

    Temperature: Between 65 and 80 degrees is best.

    Water: Just like real goldfish, this plant can’t live without plenty of water. But don’t let it get soggy. Keep the soil evenly moist all summer, and then cut back a bit during the winter months.

    What makes it special: Goldfish plant is a great choice for a hanging basket or a tall stand that spotlights the drooping growth structure of the plant.

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    Often called shamrock plant due to the clover-like leaves, you’ll find varieties of Oxalis with bright green leaves or dusky purple foliage. The small flowers are pale pink or white.

    Green thumb level: Easy to moderate

    Light: Keep your shamrock plant near a sunny window, but don’t let it scorch in direct sun.

    Temperature: Oxalis likes it best in temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees.

    Water: Keep the plant moist but not soggy. Oxalis sometimes goes dormant during the winter -- if yours dies down at this time, cut watering way back until growth resumes in the spring.

    What makes it special: It’s a delicate looking plant, but looks can be deceiving. Under the right conditions, oxalis is a hardy houseplant that adds a big dose of color to your room.

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    Even if you don’t live in the warm zones where they thrive outdoors all year, you can still enjoy hibiscus in the house. The tropical flowers come in red, pink, orange, yellow and many bicolors as well.

    Green thumb level: Moderate to challenging

    Light: Hibiscus won’t flower without several hours of direct light each day. Place it near your sunniest window, leaving an inch or so between the plant’s leaves and the glass to prevent scorching.

    Temperature: Like most tropical plants, hibiscus can’t tolerate temperatures below 50, and prefers warmer temps of 65 to 85 during the day.

    Water: During the summer, keep the plant moist. Cut back winter watering to allow the soil to dry out a bit between drenchings.

    What makes it special: It’s not easy to keep hibiscus blooming indoors, but if you can get the conditions just right, it’s well worth it. Show off your plant in a gorgeous ceramic container to increase the beauty.

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    Phalaenopsis Orchid

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    Often called moth orchid, these tropical beauties are one of the easier orchids to grow outside the greenhouse. They are commonly found in purple or white, but there is a huge range of bicolored flowers as well.

    Green thumb level: Moderate to challenging

    Light: Bright, indirect light is best. A southern or eastern exposure is generally the best choice. The leaves burn easily, so no direct sun.

    Temperature: If you want your moth orchid to flower, keep it comfortable in a temperature range of 65 to 85 degrees.

    Water: Here’s where it gets tricky – the moth orchid can’t tolerate drought, but it’s easy to kill it by overwatering as well. These orchids are normally planted in a bark mixture, which should be kept moist but not soaked. You’ll probably need to water once a week or so.

    What makes it special: The gorgeous flowers last for several weeks under proper growing conditions. Once the flower dies, clip it off, and you might be rewarded with another blossom in a few weeks. 

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    Chenille Plant

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    The leaves are nothing special, but the long, red caterpillar-like flowers are truly eye catching. It’s hard to resist stroking the soft, fuzzy tassels.

    Green thumb level: Easy to moderate

    Light: Bright light – at least four hours of sunlight each day

    Temperature: You’ll get the most flowers if you keep the chenille plant warm, preferably between 65 and 85 degrees.

    Water: Don’t let your chenille plant dry out completely between waterings, but don’t let the soil go soggy, either. Add extra humidity with a water mister or tray full of pebbles underneath the pot to keep the plant healthy.

    What makes it special: The dangling fuzzy flowers and graceful, drooping growth pattern makes chenille plant a natural for a hanging basket or pretty container on a stand.

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    These hardy succulents are often discarded after blooming, but if treated well, they will reward you with another burst of blossoms – sometimes several flushes of flowers each year. They come in a wide range of fiery colors: orange, pink, red, white, cream and yellow.

    Green thumb level: Easy

    Light: Kalanchoes need a lot of light to flower. Keep your plant near a very sunny window.

    Temperature: These plants are fairly agreeable to most household temperatures, as long as it doesn’t drop below 50.

    Water: Like most succulents, kalanchoe are happiest when allowed to dry out between waterings. Don’t let the pot sit in standing water.

    What makes it special: Kalanchoes burst with bloom during the fall and winter, just when you really need a shot of color.

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    African Violet

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    Old-fashioned but still charming, African violets come in a wide range of colors, although most are pink, purple or white.

    Green thumb level: Easy to moderate

    Light: Bright light, but no direct sun or intense heat. African violets like fluorescent light as well.

    Temperature: Keep the temperature between 65 and 75 for the happiest plants.

    Water: The fastest way to kill your African violet is by overwatering. They like consistently moist soil, but no sogginess, no standing water in the tray and no water on the foliage – this will leave spots.

    What makes it special: It’s easy to propagate African violets – just clip off a leaf and plant in moist potting soil.