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Flowering House Plant: Try our selection of the best of the easy houseplants. You'll find the tips you need to make your indoor houseplants flourish!



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The heliotrope has long been the king of all flowers grown for fragrance. It's a wonderful choice for indoor flowering plants. It's grown readily from either seeds or cuttings; the latter generally rooted in the spring. For blooming in winter, start young plants in February, or cut back old ones after flowering, and keep growing but pinched back and disbudded, in partial shade during the summer.

There are several varieties of flowering house plants, from dark purple to very light and white. Lemoine's hybrids have the largest flowers, but are not as fragrant as some of the smaller kind.

By pinching off the side shoots and training to a single main stalk, the plants can be grown with the flowering branches several feet from the pot, like the head of a tree. For certain uses they are appropriate, but they're not nearly as beautiful as when well trimmed to shape and grown in the ordinary way.

The heliotrope hates any sudden change, whether it's temperature, watering, or soil. It will quickly turn brown and drop all its leaves!! Giving it proper care and cutting back, though, should quickly bring it back again.



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The petunia is one of the most easily grown and generous bloomers of all flowering house plants. However, some people dislike its odor. The flowers are both single and double, and produce beautiful mass effects with their quantities of bloom.

They are grown either from seed or cuttings. The cutting will often times bloom in the cutting box, if allowed to. Plants growing outdoors during the summer may be cut back, potted up and started into new growth. The singles bloom more freely than the doubles, especially indoors. After blooming, cut the plants back to within a few inches of the root, repot or give liquid fertilizer and a new growth will shoot up, and will soon bloom again.



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Of the popular primrose, there are two types , the Chinese primrose ( Primula Sinensis ) and Primula obconica. Both are favorite flowering house plants, because of their simple beauty and the great consistency of their blooming. Another advantage is that they do not require direct sunlight. Primroses need no particular care. They're great flowering house plants.

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For the Primrose, the soil should slope toward the edges of the pot, to prevent the possibility of any water collecting at the crown of the plant, which must be left well above the soil when potting.

The easiest way to get plants is to buy small ones from a nursery every spring. They may be raised from seed successfully, if one will give them a shaded, cool location during the hot summer months, such as a cold frame covered with protecting cloth, or any light material that will freely admit air. From seed sown in February or March, they should be ready to bloom by the following Christmas. It doesn't pay to keep the plants over for a second season.

There are numerous varieties for flowering house plants. One very small kind, P. Forbesi (sometimes called Baby Primrose). Several of this kind put together in a large container make a beautiful display.



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This is not on the list of common houseplants. So I feel awkward about giving this flower a recommendation as one of the best house plants, because most gardeners don't mentioned it. The long spikes of flowers in white, light and dark reds, deep wines and clear yellows, with combinations of two or more of these in many cases, are among some of the most beautiful flowers. They stay in bloom a long time as well.....each stalk opening out slowly from the bottom to the top of the spike, kinda like a gladiolus. They seem, in my experience at least, to take almost any amount of abuse!!

Snapdragons are easily raised from seed, or propagated by cuttings. For winter blooming sow in March or April and these flowering house plants need to grow in a cool place and keep pinched back to make bushy plants. If you have limited room, let one stalk blossom on each plant, so that you can avoid selecting duplicates. Cuttings may be taken at any time when the weather is not too hot. Use the tops of flowering shoots which have not yet matured...which means they're not hollow yet.

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