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Flowering Indoor Plants for Low Light

March 22, 2021
Written by Aaron

Having fresh flowers in the house is an instant pick-me-up! A bouquet of colourful blooms makes desk work so much lovelier, but it’s kind of a bummer when your freshly-cut bouquet ends up wilting within a week. That’s why we’re all about indoor flowering plants! The bloom time on these gorgeous houseplants lasts several months, bringing vibrant garden colour to your indoor space.

Many gardeners are quick to assume that indoor sunlight levels aren’t enough to keep a flowering plant happy. But luckily, some of our favourite flowering plants are totally suited to growing indoors. Direct sunlight can actually scorch their leaves and petals, so if your room is softly lit by a window, it will be a much more comfortable environment.

Brighten Your Homespace With Fabulous Flowering Plants

These low-light indoor flowering plants thrive best next to a window covered by a sheer curtain. With proper care, you’ll get to enjoy their prolific blooms again and again!

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Who can resist the exotic elegance of a colourful orchid with blooms all along its sleek, slender stem? The Phalaenopsis orchid is by far the most chilled-out, low-maintenance orchid available. It’s great for beginners, and while its care needs are a little different than your typical houseplant, they’re certainly not hard to manage. Since they have aerial roots and don’t grow in the soil, the indoor flowering plants are typically grown in a mound of peat moss or bark. Thoroughly soaking this potting medium every week and allowing it to drain out into the sink will keep it sufficiently hydrated.

moth orchid and anthurium plant

Anthurium

This distinctive flowering houseplant really makes a statement! Its single-petalled flowers are so glossy, they almost look like they’re made of vinyl. Most varieties come in a vivid shade of candy-apple red or bubblegum pink, with a bright golden stamen. Anthuriums like their soil to be slightly moist but not soggy. To avoid overwatering, we recommend that you plant your anthurium in a pot with drainage holes in a mixture of one-half potting soil and one-half orchid potting mix.

African Violet

The adorable African violet is one of the best flowering plants for low light. It’s quite easy to take care of—the only time it’s fussy is when it’s being repotted, so be gentle with its delicate roots. African violets have a decidedly regal, luxurious appearance, with their plush, velvety emerald leaves and jewel-toned blossoms. Fill larger pots with three different African violets in assorted shades of magenta, lavender and deep purple for an especially opulent display!

African violet and bromeliad plant

Bromeliad

Technically the wild, vibrant display on top of bromeliads aren’t actually flowers; they’re modified leaves called ‘bracts.’ However, they still have all the visual impact of a bright bloom! A bromeliad’s tall, curved leaves and bracts work kind of like eavestroughs, collecting rain and delivering it straight to the centre of the plant. They come in a whole assortment of Crayola-bright colours, so if you want to liven up your living room decor, an electric yellow or hot pink bromeliad will do just the trick!

Peace Lily

One of the most effective air-purifying plants around, the peace lily sure seems calm and collected for a total powerhouse. Its simple ivory petals have been captured in countless works of art, bringing a sense of subtle elegance and femininity. The peace lily isn’t an especially needy plant and can thrive in low light, but if it isn’t getting quite enough sun or water, it might tell you by dramatically flopping over. Don’t worry—if you give it some water and more light, it should perk back up quickly!

peace lily and kalanchoe plant

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoes thrive in low light for half the year and like a bit more sunshine during their active blooming season. This helps it rest and recover between bloom cycles, so its flowers are more plentiful when they emerge. This indoor plant is actually a type of succulent, with cute scalloped leaves that bring attractive colour and texture to your decor, even when it isn’t in bloom. They also look great in mixed arrangements with other colourful plants like the fittonia, also known as “nerve plant.”

Cyclamen

From fall until spring, this dainty flowering plant produces lovely blooms in shades of pink, purple, white, or red. It does best in low light conditions with just a bit of indirect sun coming in from the window. Bright sun may prompt it to go into its summer dormancy! But even when it isn’t actively blooming, cyclamen have absolutely stunning leaves. Their cool, deep jade colour is highlighted by silvery veins that catch the light beautifully.

cyclamen and Christmas cactus plants

Christmas Cactus

Another winter bloomer that prefers low light, this funky cactus isn’t just a holiday houseplant; it’s a total stunner all year round! Its segmented foliage splays out like a fountain, producing bright blossoms on each end. Now, despite its “cactus” moniker, don’t go assuming this plant is a desert dweller that prefers dry soil! The Christmas cactus actually hails from the shady rainforests and thrives in high humidity, so it needs more water than your typical cactus.

For more indoor plants to bring a burst of colour and vibrant energy into your home or office, visit Eising Garden Centre in Simcoe to see what’s new for 2021! There are so many fascinating new houseplants now available to add to your growing collection. For more care tips for indoor plants, check out our blog archives for simple instructions and other valuable insights.

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