I love flowers. Used to be that I would regularly pick up a bouquet at the grocery store. Not anymore as my multiple chemical sensitivities have gotten to the point that I can no longer tolerate flowers with a scent in the house.That doesn’t mean I can’t have great looking flowering plants in my home. My top picks for flowering house plants without an odor are African Violets, Oxalis Regnellii (AKA Shamrock plants) and some varieties of orchids.
African Violets come in a few different colors. And with proper care, they will flower almost continuously. They do best in windows facing north or east.
You need to water them from the bottom to avoid get spots on the leaves. I usually place my African Violet containers into bowls filled with water once a week – diffusing the water from the bottom of the pot.
Shamrock Plants (Oxalis)
The one in this image has dropped almost all it’s white flowers. Soon the leaves will start to die – which means the plant is getting ready for a break.
Park the plant in a low light area. When it starts to show new life, move the plant back into natural light, resume watering and you’ll soon see an abundance of beautiful white flowers.
Orchids are a rewarding plant to grow. Be careful when picking one out for your home, some are quite aromatic. I was at Home Depot last night and did a sniff test on all the orchids they had for sale – none had a fragrance.
Keep in mind that bad soil or rotting roots can make any houseplant smell. Practice good maintenance of your houseplants and you’ll be rewarded with odor-free flowers year-round.