There are several types of geranium, such as the Martha Washington geranium, part of the group of Geraniums known as ‘Regal’. All these types bloom well, but the easiest for indoor growing is the Ivy geranium, which is both fragrant and vibrant. However, it requires bright sunlight to thrive, and should be ideally placed near a window.
Space taken by Geranium plant: 3 x 3 feet.
Like Geranium, Begonia has several varieties as well, and their flowers bloom much like roses. For indoor growing you can choose Reiger Begonia, which has warm-colored flowers (yellow – pink – orange) with deep green leaves.
The plant only needs a moderate amount of light and water to thrive, but must be kept away from the reach of children. If the stem or roots are eaten, they can painfully irritate the mouth and lips.
Space taken by Rieger Begonia plant: 18 x 18 inches.
The Guzmania plant, from the pineapple family, naturally takes a vase-like shape with one colorful shoot emerging from the center of the green foliage and blossoming at the tip.
The plant favors warm temperatures, which means you will need to place it next to a window. However, once the exotic colorful bracts emerge, you should move it to a cooler place for longevity.
Space taken by Guzmania plant: 3 x 3 feet.
Aptly named, this plant blooms around the Christmas season due to the low temperature and short days. Flowers are generally warm in color, ranging from pink to orange and red.
You should ideally keep the plant in a cool location with moderate sunlight until the flowering buds start to appear.
Space taken by Christmas Cactus plant: 12 x 18 inches.
A pleasantly fragrant plant, the Calamondin Orange is a hybrid between Mandarin Orange and the Kumquat. White flowers bloom in winter and spring, which then turn into small fruits, which can be used like lemons once they are ripe. The plant however requires a lot of sunlight and space to grow properly.
Space taken by Calamondin Orange plant: 4 x 4 feet.
Also known as Clivia, the Kaffir Lilly blooms into nearly two dozen flowers during winters. The plant requires cool temperatures and minimum watering, with flowers ranging from yellow to orange in color. However, the plant is poisonous, which means it should be kept away from children and pets in the house.
Space taken by Kaffir Lily plant: 2 x 2 feet.
The Peace Lily is a minimum care plant with beautiful creamy white flowers which mainly bloom during summers. There are some varieties which bloom throughout the year, but the tropical appearance of the plant is attractive even without flowers.
Like Kaffir Lily, the plant is poisonous, so make sure it is not in reach of children and pets.
Space taken by Peace Lily plant: 4 x 2 feet.
The Oxalis plant has one of the most unique flowers, triangular in shape (like shamrock) and deep purple in color. The leaves are typically green, with some varieties having wisps of silver.
The plant requires moderate sunlight and watering and doesn’t take up a lot of space either.
Space taken by Oxalis plant: 12 x 12 inches.