Other Popular, Indoor, Flowering Plants

1Name: Azaleas
Native to: North America
Availability – Spring season
Longevity – Up to 4 days
Varieties – The Apple blossom, Mauve Beauty, Peach Blossom and Vesuvius are popular varieties.
Handling and Care – Azaleas are similar to Begonias in that they like soft-soil that is well-drained. Do not place an azalea in direct sunlight. Use direct sunlight for a good part of the day in low humidity. Water daily.
Fun Facts – In the Chinese culture, the azalea is known as “thinking of home bush.” It is used famously in a lot of poetry such as the works of Tu Fu and the Taiwanese author Pai.

2Name: Begonia
Native to: Tropical areas such as the Hawaiian Islands
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 6 – 10 days
Varieties – Varieties include the begonia bonfire, begonia flower, begonia semperflorens, begonia tuberhybrida, and angel wing begonia.
Handling and Care – Begonias have easy handling and care. Begonias like soft-soil that is well-drained. Although these plants like the sunlight, they do not need direct sunlight at any point in the day. Rather, a few hours of sunlight per day is applicable. Water every few days but do not over water.
Fun Facts – Although this plant was discovered in Mexico before 1577 by Father Francisco Hernandez, it‟s official date of discovery was known until after 1651. This plant (tuberous species), was given the name totoncaxoxo coyollin before giving it its common name.

3Name: Gloxinia
Native to: South America and Central America
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 7 days
Varieties – The African violent is a variant of the Gloxinia.
Handling and Care – Gloxinia require very bright, indirect light in order to bloom but do not thrive in direct sunlight. This plant prefers high humidity temperatures and should be fed fertilizer each week at ¼ the strength.
There is no need to water daily since over watering can dry out the plant.
Fun Facts – In 1845, a Scottish gardener named John Fyfe made a discovery among his gloxinia seedlings and thus this species was discovered.  All of today‟s varieties of gloxinias have large edges with hints of purple, blue, pink, red, or white.

4Name: Kalanchoe
Native to: Madagascar
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Varieties – Chandelier Plant, Devil’s Backbone, Mexican-hat Plant, and Mother of Thousands are popular varieties.
Handling and Care – This flower does not need water daily. Water every other day and keep in direct sunlight for most of the day. It needs plenty of sunlight. Cut the stems at least ¾‟‟ and at an angle for the best water consumption.
Fun Facts – The flowering Kalanchoe is known in England as Flaming Katy. When it is kept in bright sunlight, the leaves develop red along the edges.

5Name: African Violets
Native to: Africa
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 5 – 7 days
Varieties – The Anne Belle African violet and the Optimara African violets are the two most popular varieties.
Handling and Care – Pinch off spent blossoms and blossom stems to encourage development of new blooms. Keep the soil moist and use plant food as needed. Do not over water as this plant is susceptible to disease. They will thrive in a an environment of 70° to 75° temperatures during the day and should be reach temperatures below 60 degrees F at night.
Fun Facts – The African violet really is an African plant per se. It was supposedly grown by botanists, but it’s official discovery came in 1892 after being discovered by Baron Walter von Saint Paul, the German
governor of what is now a part of Tanzania.

6Name: Bromeliads
Native to: South America
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 2 – 3 weeks
Varieties – The most popular varieties are the Lunas, the Hildas and the Ranas.
Handling and Care – Bromeliads, again, have easy handling and care instructions. They do not need direct sunlight and can survive in moderate temperatures throughout the day. Watering can be done every other day. Keep its soil loose and use proper drainage techniques to ensure the water reaches all parts of the plant.
Fun Facts – Bromeliads are members of a plant family known as Bromeliaceae The family contains over 3,000 described species. The most well known bromeliad is the pineapple and it grows in tropical areas such as Hawaii, after Columbus discovered the pineapple.

7Name: Phlox
Native to: North America
Availability – June to September
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Varieties – The phlox flower is a popular night blooming flower. Names like Fuller‟s White and Blue Moon are popular.
Handling and Care – Using a small hammer, pound the ends of the stems to allow a better water absorption. Use lukewarm water and some flower preservative, like Flora Life. Change water on a daily basis and keep in a cool room.
Fun Facts – In 1732, the German botanist Johann Jacob Dillenius ordered to write a description of Dr. James Sherard‟s famed Eltham garden, which kept a number of different phlox paniculata. Another version, the phlox drummondii – has been growing widely throughout the United States for centuries and has an interesting history of its own. During the early 1830s, Thomas Drummond (curator of the Belfast Botanic Garden) began exploring this flower, and breeding it to eventually transport to Britain.

8Name: Poinsettia
Native to: Mexico
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 4 years
Varieties – Marble, candy cane and the jingle bells are the popular varieties.
Handling and Care –  Immerse the pot to the rim in water and leave until no more air bubbles rise from the soil. Water daily but do not over water. Place the pot in an area where it will not receive direct sunlight, but enough to keep the soil moist.
Fun Facts – There is a story behind this flower: There was a poor Mexican girl named Pepita who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve services. Pepita walked sadly to church that evening and her cousin Pedro tried to console her. “Pepita,” he said, “I am certain that even the most humble gift, given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes.” Pepita gathered a bouquet of common weeds from the roadside, for this was the only gift she could give. As she entered the church, she suddenly felt her spirits lift and the drab weeds suddenly turned into flowers full of life.