Common Types of Flowering Plants

Flowering plants make an ideal alternative to cut flowers because the recipient is reminded of your thoughtfulness long after you send the plant. The most common types of flowering plants require little maintenance other than watering and occasional repotting as they grow. Recipients of a potted flowering plant can continue to enjoy the flowers indoors or add the plant to their outdoor garden if the climate is amenable.

Geraniums

Geraniums are among the most popular flowering plants. They work equally well outdoors in ornamental gardens as they do inside in hanging baskets or as centerpieces. Outdoors, the annual flowering plants grow well in containers you can sit on your porch or along walkways. In the ground, it’s best to plant the flowers after there the chance of frost has passed. They prefer direct sunlight for eight hours a day. You can take cuttings from outdoor plants as cold weather approaches to propagate the flowers the following year. As an indoor flowering plant, geraniums survive best near a window where they can receive direct sunlight and in temperatures ranging from 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the day and about 55 degrees F at night.

Azaleas

Potted azaleas have become a popular gift and transfer well to an outdoor garden for perennial enjoyment. At ProFlowers, you'll find a wide range of potted azaleas in a variety of colors. Azaleas grow best in cooler climates that range between 60 and 65 degrees F, which is why they tend to be the first blossoms you see in the spring outdoors. Indoor potted azaleas require care that’s similar to your outdoor bushes. You must remove dead flowers as they wither to prevent disease. While plants prefer full sunlight, once they bloom, you should move them away from direct sunlight since the sun's rays fade the flowers. Indoors, move the plant back to a sunny location when the flowers are gone.

Lilies

The Easter lily is a popular flowering plant that provides white flowers that will continue to bloom indoors for up to three weeks. The flowering plant needs to be repotted outdoors for it to produce flowers again. According to the University of Missouri Extension, a potted lily grows best in a lighted room away from direct sunlight. Overwatering can lead to root rot. Once flowers collapse, you should cut them to extend the life of the plant. Lilies should be planted outdoors once the final frost has passed. They prefer a protected area in partial shade and can continue to produce flowers for years.

Orchids

Orchids are exotic flowering plants that have become more mainstream over the past few decades. It’s best to order an orchid that’s already blooming, such as the potted plants you can purchase from ProFlowers, because it can take up to five years for an orchid to produce its first flower from seed. Like many houseplants, orchids grow best in temperate climates and prefer filtered light instead of direct sunlight. One of the main reasons orchids don’t continue to flower is insufficient light, so keep them out of dark rooms. Allow orchids to dry before watering, usually once a week.

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