Houseplants that Flower

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There are a lot of misconceptions out there that house plants do not flower at all. This is not true. There are lots of indoor plants out there that flower. There are especially plants out there that people work really hard in order to see flowers at all.  Also, there are house plants out there that are specifically identified by their flowers and we are just going to go over some of these different flowering plants today.

African Violet

African Violet

 First up on the list is African Violets. These plants are bought specifically for their flowers. You will end up seeing them flowering in the store but if you are going to get the rare ones you start with just green foliage. They usually have fuzzy green leaves and then it can take 6 months or a year depending on the specific variety of plants and the conditions they are in to get them to flower. Also, they come in pink, variegated, and purple blooms. They are also one of the very few plants out there to have a naturally blue flower as well. Especially for house plants. It all makes for a very interesting growing time.

Hoya

Hoya

 These plants are actually specifically identified by their blooms. It can take up to 2 years to get a Hoya to bloom. Also, it does depend on the maturity of the plant and how it started out. It can be even longer depending on the specific type of Hoya. Hoya Carnosa Compacta for example will take years to be able to bloom especially if their conditions are not meant.  Meanwhile, you have hoya like the Hoya Pubicalyx which will grow and bloom probably within 6 months to a year depending on the maturity of the cutting that you got the plant from.

 Hoya is a pretty amazing plant.  Their blooms generally come in little snowball forms with little tiny star-shaped flowers.  Sometimes the middle can look very gelatinous or very fuzzy depending on the specific type of Hoya.  There is also a Hoya Multiflora also known as the Shooting Star Hoya. Their blooms look like they have little tiny trumpets with little stars coming out of them. Overall, amazing blooms on these plants.

Hoya can change the shape of their leaves and their growth patterns depending on the conditions they are grown in.  This makes Hoya very difficult to identify and a lot of hoyas can get mixed up. You can think that you have one Hoya when you actually have another and you won’t be able to tell until after they Bloom. Each bloom is unique to the Hoya species.

Spider Plants

Spider Plants

 Generally known for their ribbon-like foliage spider plants do bloom. They have these little white Lily like blooms that grow along the reproduction stem along with the plantlets.  They can also self-pollinate when shaken by having pollen from the blooms fall on each other.

You can also hand pollinate these little flowers and they will produce seed pods. So you can have spider plants growing from seeds as well as having little plants. It is an incredible plant. very unique to see one blooming. It only lasts for a short period of time. Usually less than 24 hours. So, definitely, something to keep an eye out for if you happen to see your spider plant putting out its little stems for the plantlets. It is important to note that the plantlets do not come from the flowers. The plantlets are in addition to the flowers. You get both of those coming from this plant as well.

Orchids

Orchids

 Next, we have Orchids which are very well-known for their flowers. Phalaenopsis Orchids are the ones you are most likely to find in the grocery store.  People breed them specifically for their blooms.

They can come in a variety of different colors. Usually pink, oranges,  whites, and creams. Blue is not a natural orchid color so if you do end up getting one that is blue or purple they were actually dyed. When they rebloom in 2 years they are not going to bloom the same color that you originally had. So make sure you’re researching whatever orchid that you get so that you are getting the bloom that you want. This way you are not waiting 2 years with just green foliage to get the wrong color bloom.

Maranta

Maranta

They are very similar in bloom shape to orchids. Also, they do have kind of a hood and they are difficult to pollinate. They are very very beautiful and they also come in multicolors. The center is usually one color and then it expands and blends into another color.  Usually, they a purple inside, and then they kind of expand to be a lighter white or a paler purple on the outer edges.  They also have pink varieties as well. The bloom color depends on the maranta variety.  They will bloom in the summertime and in the Spring time when it gets really warm and really humid.

Tradescantia

Tradescantia

 Another one that creates tiny little blooms.  You will see them blooming pretty much all year round off and on. Provided they get enough light. So definitely, make sure you’re giving your Tradescantia as much light as possible so you can see those little blooms. For the most part,  like the Maranta, they are pink and purple. However, they’re a lot more vibrant and more in your face. They stand out a lot more depending on the specific type of Tradescantia that you have. They are very tiny and very unassuming but they last a lot longer. Each bloom can last up to 3 days depending on the specific type of Tradescantia.

Monstera

 We also wanted to talk about Monstera. It is a little-known fact they actually bloom. They create these big white beautiful blooms. They need to be hand pollinated but they don’t bloom very often. It can take a couple of years to get them to bloom but when they do they can actually produce fruit. This fruit is edible when it is fully harvested and ripe. This is very interesting because Monstera themselves is a toxic plant that produces edible fruit.

One of the reasons that Monstera was ever harvested and brought over in order to be cultivated was for this fruit. It was going to be grown as a harvest crop like corn is nowadays. Then they expanded it from there and realized that it takes a little bit too long for the fruit to produce. People seem to like the foliage a lot more. But for us houseplant collectors it is definitely a bonus thing. Definitely, something that’s really cool to see. A bloom also shows that you have a mature Monstera that is very happy in your care.

There are definitely many houseplants that can flower and bloom indoors. It is just about the maturity and conditions that determine if and when they will.

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