The Best Flowering Houseplants

Flowers have long been considered one of the most beautiful things in the world. We give them to each other at times of joy and at times of real grief. They have been the subject matter of poets and artists for centuries, and for good reason. However, for those of us who are flower lovers, the seasons change, and with the coming of winter we wave goodbye to their beauty. Many of us forget that there are several flowering houseplants that can fill your winter days with remarkable beauty. A houseplant can brighten almost any cold or dark corner of a home and turn the boring or depressing into something vibrant. A home with many houseplants feels alive and expresses something about the life of those who live there. If you have not tried to grow some flowering houseplants then you should give it a try immediately. Here is a list and set of descriptions of some of my favorite flowering houseplants:

1. Flowering maples (also called Abutilons) are very delicate and have remarkable bell shaped flowers. Flowers come in many different colors, including pink, red, white, yellow, and peach. Some people report having these plants bloom throughout the winter. My friends have said that they thrive in well fertilized soil and with lots of light.

2. Jasmines are another great option for a flowering houseplant because they tend to emit wonderful scents. They do well in nitrogen rich soil and they do well in full sun or with some shade.

3. Angel trumpet is a remarkable plant with very large drooping flowers. It is highly fragrant and can bloom through the winter. Keep this plant well watered and make sure that it gets direct sunlight.

4. A favorite of mine is the passionflower vine which can grow up a trellis or other structure. The flowers are truly amazing and give off an amazing scent. Like so many other plants, passionflower vine requires lots of exposure to sunlight.

5. Lavender is another option, although not one that you might think about when considering an indoor plant. Lavender likes a great deal of sun but it does not need a huge amount of water. The best thing about the plant is that it produces that wonderful lavender smell. Imagine a house in the dead of winter, nothing alive outside, filled with the smell of fresh lavender!

These are just a few of many great flowering houseplants that you should consider trying in your home or office. Remember that flowering houseplants don’t need to just go in a home! They can easily be grown in any number of environments without too much work. An otherwise impersonal office becomes something beautiful and unique when a great houseplant is brought into it. There are all sorts of options when it comes to where you put the plant-don’t be limited!

Realize that houseplants have their own set of needs that you should be aware of. Many of them can be easily over watered and suffer from severe rot problems. Make sure to never drench your houseplants or to simply set them under a sink. This can also literally drown the roots and kill the plant quickly. With this said, you should realize that flowering plants generally do need a bit more water than non-flowering plants. This is because they require more energy while in the process of flowering. Give them a little extra water but don’t drown them. If your first attempts with flowering houseplants are failures keep trying. With some patience and hard work you will see great results for years to come!

Cat Safe Houseplants

Home owners should be aware that cats and some houseplants just cannot exist together. To get a full list of these plants you could contact your local ASPCA or SPCA but we can give you a broad outline of cat safe houseplants in this short article.

So before you bring that precious kitten home yes it’s best to check what’s safe and what isn’t for sure, some like English Ivy is poisonous to your cat which is such a shame because its such a lovely plant and is just fantastic as one of the best plants to clean air within your home.

Some people have come home completely unaware that some houseplants are unsafe for cats and found them a little ill, then taken them to the vet where they’ll get held over for a few days and then once returned to the owner they will immediately nibble on the same poisonous houseplant again just to repeat the whole expensive vet thing all over again and if they do eat enough it can prove fatal.

So once the owner has discovered that it’s the houseplants responsible for making the cat ill, then all the plants go out the door which is completely unnecessary as the majority of houseplants are perfectly safe for your cat and will then take all bad odors out of your home.

Cats just love nibbling on lush greens and so many owners will plant lush green gardens inside just for their cats. This is easy to do. Buy or recycle a container say 7 inches or so by 7 inches. Then buy and plant some wheat and barley. You can generally get this from an organic store and some pet stores also sell it as well. Just make sure its nice and stable in the container and let it grow if few inches first and then your cat will spend a long contented time grazing on its own new garden.

Other cat safe houseplants plants are African Violet, The Spider Plant and Christmas Cactus. All of these are very attractive and easy to grow and both safe for cats and children (children can be nibblers as well).

The following are also very cat safe houseplants but are also better than the above at cleaning your home of all odors and pollutants such as unnatural air fresheners and kitchen smells:

The Areca Palm – Releases a lot of moisture into the home air and is top of the list for the removal of toxins.

Lady Palm – Also an excellent remover of toxins and a nice easy to care for plant.

Dwarf Date Palm – Will remove xylene. Is slower growing but has a longer life. Generally good at removing all toxins.

Ficus Alii – Easy growing, good remover of all pollutants and very resistant to insects.

Boston Fern – Another excellent pollutant remover also the best in the bunch for raising humidity levels.

Other best plants to use for clean air are – Gerber Daisy’s, Chrysanthemum’s, Aloe, Orchids, Azalea’s and Corn plants.

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