Houseplant Flowering


Get to know your houseplants. The key to growing healthy houseplants is understanding the amount of light they like, how thirsty they may get, and individual characteristics that work best in your space. Once you’ve selected a good match, the rest is easy!

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Flamingo Lily 
Anthurium andraeanum

Bright light is required to keep Anthuriums flowering. Anthurium will tolerate moderate light conditions and continue to grow big shiny leaves but will produce very few flowers, if any.
These plants grow in rocky (lava) soil in very humid conditions. Allow roots to dry a bit before watering.
Fertilize with an Orchid bloom or African Violet food to promote blooming. If your plant stops growing new leaves, switch to an Orchid grow fertilizer.
When repotting use a loose, well-draining soil mix such as Bonsai or Orchid mix.
The large heart shaped blooms on these plants can last weeks when left on the plant or as a cut flowers. While red is the most popular color they also bloom white, orange, pink, burgundy, purple, lavender and varying shades of these colors.
The genus Anthurium is a large group of plants, most of which are grown for the foliage. Anthurium andreanum species, with the spectacular flowers, is native to Colombia and Ecuador.

African Violet
Saintpaulia ionantha

Bright, indirect light or early morning sun is required for blooming.
The soil for African Violets is usually kept barely moist, like a well wrung-out sponge. Sometimes allowing the soil to become slightly dry will encourage better flowering. 
Watering from the base of the plant is recommended, to avoid getting water on the fuzzy foliage.
Use fertilizer that is specifically for African Violets for the best growth and flowering.
Use African Violet soil mix when re-potting.
In addition to a variety of flower colors and combinations these plants can also have varying leaf shades, variegations and textures.
The foliage is fuzzy and is therefore susceptible to damage if  water is allowed to remain on the leaves. There are pots specifically designed for African Violets to avoid water damage to the leaves.
Older plants will push out baby plants on a stem that can be cut from the mother and potted.

Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii

Medium and high. Peace Lily blooms best with bright, indirect light.
High. Keep slightly moist. Large, thin leaves and the ability to flower continually, is the result of these plants using water very efficiently. Peace Lily are forgiving if allowed to wilt, they re-hydrate with little foliage damage. But repeated wilting will show damage and inhibit blossoming.
High humidity helps to keep these plants hydrated. Fertilize once month for best foliage and consistent flowering. Use a fertilizer with even numbers on the label such as 10-10-10.
Air purifying, and easy to grow.

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