As beautiful as the world would be if our favorite plants grew without us lifting a finger, in reality, most good things require some effort – and flowers are no different. But we’re here to stick up for those fussy, difficult flowers. Trust us – if you’re willing to put in the time, the reward can be sweet!
We’ve put together a list of some of the hardest flowers to grow and maintain, with some tips for determined gardeners and houseplant-lovers who like the challenge of a feisty flower.
There’s no beating around the (rose)bush on this one: miniature roses are high maintenance. Despite being some of the hardest flowers to grow and maintain, their adorable looks make them popular houseplants to give as gifts – and we get it!
The truth is that indoor environments rarely provide adequate light (4-5+ hours of direct sunlight per day), humidity (moisture in the air but dryness around the roots), or air circulation without some extra effort.
Growing miniature roses: If your home doesn’t have a well-circulated room with large, sun-facing windows, consider investing in a light source, fans, and a humidifier. And if you’re not getting the results you want, don’t give up on these little heartbreakers – they’ll do fine outside with the proper care! Just make sure to watch out for pests.
We’ll be the first to sing the praises of this gorgeous, fragrant flower. Sure, it’s fussy about temperature and sensitive to physical motion, but with the proper attention, you’ll be rewarded with a sweet scent and calming presence.
Growing gardenias: Once you place your gardenia indoors, do your best to keep it in one place, as moving it can damage the plant. Gardenias can also die if exposed to heat from air vents.
Like miniature roses, gardenias are popular with pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs (guess we aren’t the only ones who love those fragrant blossoms!). Watch out for small webbing and spots on the leaves.
If the azalea were a person, it’d be a brooding, black-coffee-drinking yet effortlessly beautiful woman reading a Gothic novel on a rainy day. This flower is elegant and gorgeous but hates everything bright flowers tend to love – you know, like sunshine and warmth. But we can’t stay mad at this difficult flower… just look at those bubblegum petals!
Growing azaleas: Grown outside, azaleas are more forgiving. But you’ll want your azalea’s indoor home to mimic its natural habitat (underneath tall trees) as much as possible. That means keeping the air damp, but cool – ideally 60-65 degrees. That said, make sure the soil is moist but not soggy – and believe it or not, you’ll need to add vinegar to all its water to maintain adequate levels of acidity.
This spectacular plant demands a high price for its coveted tropical vibe. Like many tropical plants, it craves a warm, wet environment – think a relaxing day on a Caribbean beach.
But these difficult flowers aren’t as hardy as their waxy leaves make them look. If growing outside, you’ll want to be careful you don’t fry your plant with too much direct sunlight – or dry it out. (Sorry, Southern California!) On the other hand, indoor plants risk perishing in low temperatures, darkness, or under-watered soil.
Growing zebra plants: Whether growing inside or out, zebra plants thrive around a humid 70 degrees. And it’s not enough just to maintain moisture in the air – you’ll need to water these guys any time you notice the soil drying out. Finally, make sure your zebra plant gets plenty of even sunlight, but never place it directly in the sun’s rays.
Ah, the orchid: notoriously one of the hardest plants to grow. But we’ll never give up on you, orchid! And neither should our readers.
We promise growing orchids doesn’t have to be painful. With a little education and a lot of love, you can enjoy orchids all over your home – in fact, you can pick one up from The Bouqs Co. and get straight to work!
Growing orchids: Another tropical plant, orchids love them some humidity – but be careful not to over-water them. That said, orchids enjoy a good misting now and then, making them great plants for a steamy bathroom with a little indirect sunlight.
Like it or not, some of the hardest flowers to grow are also some of the most breathtaking. And we here at The Bouqs Co. are all about putting high-quality care into our product – that’s what makes our farm fresh Bouqs unique. So if you can’t be bothered with the intricate details of growing orchids or zebra plants, let us do the work for you!Shop All