Beautiful Blooming Houseplants: Silver Vase Plant

Silver Vase Plants send up clusters of long-lasting pink bracts that bear short-lived purple flowers. Once the bracts fade, new offshoots will develop at the base of the plant. It's very popular since it's one of the most dramatic and easiest houseplants to grow!

Name: Aechmea fasciata

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

Growing Tips:

  • Bright light
  • 65-75 degrees
  • Water the "vase" rather than the soil

Beautiful Blooming Houseplants: Guzmania

With its tropical and exotic blooms, Guzmania is a great conversation piece. It has stiff, glossy green foliage with colorful bracts that can remain beautiful for up to 6 months. Keep it warm during its growth cycle, and cooler once the plant is in bloom.

Name: Guzmania lingulata

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

Growing Tips:

  • Bright light
  • 65-80 degrees, 60-65 in winter
  • Moderately dry soil
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Beautiful Blooming Houseplants: Wax Begonia

Wax Begonia is an easy bloomer with red, white, or pink flowers. It is also popular as an outdoor plant. Indoors, simply be sure it has enough light and good air movement and it will bloom all year.

Name: Begonia semperflorens

Size: 18 inches tall or wide

Growing Tips:

  • Bright light
  • 65-75 degrees
  • Evenly moist soil

Note: Not well suited for households with pets or children as chewing or eating the leaves will cause mouth irritation.

Beautiful Blooming Houseplants: Rieger Begonia

Rieger begonia is a great tabletop plant. It can also be used in hanging baskets. It is a winter blooming begonia and its colors range from yellow to orange to red.

Name: Begonia hiemalis

Size: 18 inches tall and wide

Growing Tips:

  • Medium to bright light
  • 65-75 degrees
  • Evenly moist soil

Note: Because the roots and stems can cause irrigation of the mouth if eaten or chewed, it is best to avoid this plant in households with children or pets.

Beautiful Blooming Houseplants: Angel-Wing Begonia

The foliage of the begonia is an attractive green, silver and maroon. It blooms year round in beautiful red, pink, or white clusters. Although the plant can grow as tall as 6 feet, you can pinch back the stems to keep it in the 2-to-3-foot range.

Name: Begonia coccinea

Size: As tall as 6 feet and as wide as 3 feet

Growing Tips:

  • Medium to bright light
  • 65-75 degrees
  • Evenly moist soil

Note: The roots and stems can cause irritation of the mouth if eaten or chewed. Best to avoid in households with children or pets.

Beautiful Blooming Houseplants: Geraniums

Looking for a practically no-fail plant? There are several types of geraniums that are grown indoors. Regal or Martha Washington have the showiest blooms, but require cool conditions. Easier indoor choices are the Pelargonium hortorum or the Pelargonium peltatum, both shown below.

Name: Pelargonium

Size: 3 feet tall and wide

Growing Tips:

  • Bright to intense light
  • 60-75 degrees
  • Moderately dry soil

Beautiful Blooming Houseplants: Lipstick Plant

The Lipstick Plant is ideal for hanging baskets. It has showy flowers that dangle from branch tips. It blooms mainly during the fall months, but can bloom year round. During the summer months, it will attract hummingbirds if taken outdoors. This is an easy-to-grow plant that really lives up to its name and looks just like tubes of red lipstick.

Name: Aeschynanthus radicans

Size: 20 inches tall and 36 inches wide

Growing Tips:

  • Medium light
  • 60-80 degrees
  • Evenly moist soil

Beautiful Blooming Houseplants: Guppy Plant

While this African violet relative blooms predominately during the summer months, the Guppy Plant will flower all year long given enough light. It is a great choice for hanging baskets because of its arching stems and dangling blooms. And who doesn't love a plant that has flowers that look like goldfish!

Name: Nematanthus

Size: 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide

Growing Tips:

  • Medium to bright light
  • 65-80 degrees; 50-55 degrees in winter
  • Moderately dry soil
  • Children will love growing this whimsical plant