Flowering Houseplants
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Flowering Houseplants: These easy houseplants are top rated for their beauty and ease, and will make a fine show of indoor houseplants for your home.

Ageratum

Ageratum ageratum Photo Credit: Tanaka Juuyoh

Valuable for its bright blue flowers and dwarf growth, goes very well with other indoor flowering plants. There is also a white variety.

  • Make cuttings in August, or cut back and pot up old plants.

Alyssum

Alyssum Alyssum Photo Credit: Audrey

Good with other common houseplants to produce a light bouquet-like effect.

  • White.
  • Fall and dwarf varieties.
  • Seed or cuttings.

Balsam

Balsam balsum Photo Credit: Tony Hisgett

Beautiful colors. You can take up and pot after blooming in the garden. Only double sorts are worth while.

Candytuft

Candytuft Candytuft Photo Credit: Tanaka Juuyoh

  • Colors.
  • Good for cut flowers.
  • Seed or cuttings.

Cannas

Cannas Cannas Photo Credit: Shirl

New dwarf hybrids, named varieties have beautiful flowers.

  • Give rich soil, lots of sun and water.
  • Dry off after flowering.

Carnation

Carnation Carnation Photo Credit: Till Westermayer

This beautiful flower isn't well adapted for house growing. It may, however, be grown in five-or-six-inch pots, using a heavy soil, keeping in a cool temperature, about forty-five degrees at night, watering regularly and spraying daily with as much force as possible.

Carnation Marguerite

These are much better suited for flowering houseplants. While not as large, they're in other respects fully as beautiful.

  • Take up the best kind from the flower garden, cut back severely and keep shaded until new growth starts.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum Photo Credit: Stephanie Watson

This is another beautiful flower not well suited to house growing. However, if you have room, (it will take an 8 to 10 inch pot for each plant) and want to go to the trouble, you can have it indoors.

Daisies

Daisies Daisies Photo Credit: Tony

Double English Daisies—The bright little short-stemmed daisies, seen so frequently in spring (Bellis perennis) are not often used as a house plant, but make a very agreeable surprise. Start from seed in August then transplant to boxes of suitable size, and on the approach of freezing weather, cover gradually with leaves and fertilizer or litter in a sheltered, well drained place. Bring them in as wanted from January on.

Daisy

Paris or Marguerite

Beautiful daisy-like flowers, very freely borne, in two colors, pure white and delicate yellow.

  • Root cuttings in spring and keep pinched back for winter flowering.
  • Grow in rather heavy rich soil, with plenty of water.

Patience Plant (Impatiens)

Impatiens Impatiens Photo Credit: gailf548

This old-fashioned flowering houseplant resembles the flowering begonias in looks and habit. It grows very rapidly and is one of the most superb bloomers of all plants.

  • Spring cuttings grown on will make good flowering houseplants for winter.
  • Give plenty of water.

Lobelia

Lobelia Lobelia Photo Credit: Kabacchi

This favorite little flowering houseplant bears starry blossoms of one of the most intense blues found anywhere in the realm of flowers. Grown easily from fall sown seed, or cuttings.

Mahernia

Mahernia Mahernia Honey Bells Photo Credit: David Jones

Honey-bell

Of great value for its fragrance. Grow on from summer cuttings.

Mignonette

Another flower owing its popularity to its fragrance. Start winter plants by sowing in 2 inch pots in July or August, several seeds to a pot. As soon as they've started, thin to the best plants.

  • Continue growing, keeping cool and well pinched back.
  • Give support.

Pansy

Pansy Pansy Photo Credit: Audrey

If wanted for winter blooming, take cuttings or start from seed, as described for Daisy (Bellis perennis). The seed bed must be kept cool and shaded.

Salvia

Salvia Salvia Photo Credit: isamiga76

One of the most brilliant of all flowering plants. For winter make cuttings in August, or take off suckers with roots at base of plant.

  • They like heat.
  • Keep thoroughly sprayed to ward off red spider.

Piqueria or Stevia serrata

Another fragrant flower.

  • Root cuttings inJanuary or February and grow on for blooming from November to February.

Stocks

What I said about snapdragons on this page could be repeated here. Start from seed in August or September. They are very easily grown. In addition to their beauty (they resemble a spray of small roses), is their entrancing fragrance. Only the double sorts are good.

Verbena

Verbena Verbena Photo Credit: Andrew Bossi

If any of these old brilliant favorites are wanted, start from cuttings, but be sure to use strong new growth which may be induced by spading up and enriching the soil in August, and cutting back the plants.

There's one thing which the beginner can't be told too often: Don't fail to pinch back seedlings and cuttings during their early stages of growth, to induce the formation of stocky, well-branched plants. This is essential for the plant to look good come winter.

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