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May 28th, 2012, 09:11 AM
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I want something that is easy to take care of and is pretty at the same time. Preferably a flowering plant.
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June 4th, 2012, 07:38 PM
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Christmas cactus - very easy and my favourite houseplant. They will tolerate lower light levels and will flower at least once a year (usually more...especially if you only remember to water them once every couple of months and they think they're dying) You can find them with red, pink or white flowers and it's easy to root new plants with pieces from the mother plant.

Polka Dot plant - I've never grown these but my brown thumb friend has kept one alive for a couple of years now. I don't believe they flower but they have very colourful speckled foliage in red, pink and white mixed with green

Wandering Jew - another that I haven't grown but by all accounts easy to care for. It's a trailing plant with variagated purple-green leaves. I do believe they flower but it's not a big show. Easy to root new plants with cuttings

Spider Plant - very easy to grow. Not overly showy but they look interesting. They do flower but flowers are pretty small and bland. Cats love to eat them. Easy to root the offshoots from the mother plant

Bamboo - no need for soil - just add some rocks or marbles to keep them stable and add water. Tolerates low light. No flowers but I mention it because it's so easy

Canna - a little more picky about growing conditions but they have colourful foliage and they will flower if they're happy.

Poinsettia - I don't know much about them as I'm not a fan but lots of colour

African Violet - on the picky side but have pretty flowers

something else you might consider are forced bulbs such as Paperwhites and Amaryllis. They will easily flower when you first get them and if you have an enterprising spirit, it's possible to make them go dormant and flower again

All of these are easy to find in department stores, though some are generally only seasonally available. You might also ask around family and friends for cuttings. Hope that helps. Best of luck
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