CONSIDER adding these 10 popular Christmas houseplants to your collection.
Amaryllis is a plant that has been seen in homes around Christmas time more and more each year. The bell-shaped blooms are often beautiful shades of red that create a welcoming warmth in your home. Since these lovely plants are tropical, they do require relatively warm temperatures and humidity in the air. This is a plant that requires bright sunlight, but it should not be placed in direct sunlight though because this can hinder the bloom and result in a lack of colour for your Christmas gathering.
A poinsettia is a pointed red flower that is often associated with the Christmas season. It is most commonly seen in red, but this plant can also bloom in shades of pink and soft yellow. Since these tropical plants are forced to bloom during Christmas, they need a little bit of extra care to get the plants to re-bloom. They grow best in direct sunlight and humid temperatures.
Holly has been a part of Christmas since it became part of the classic Christmas carol ‘Deck the Halls’ nearly 150 years ago, but holly and berries have been a favourite to brighten the desolate winter since ancient times. The holly shrubs that we all know as traditional Christmas plants have pointed leaves, red berries, and small white blooms. Holly is a plant that requires full sun and well-drained soil that is a bit on the acidic side to grow properly.
Christmas cactus is a tropical plant that originates in the tropical rainforests of southern Brazil. The flat, segmented stems of the plant remain green most of the year, but around Christmas, colourful red, orange, pink, purple, and white blooms form. They grow best with moist soil and a lot of indirect sunlight. If you want to ensure that your Christmas cactus will bloom, then be sure to provide the plant with 12 hours of darkness each night for six to eight weeks before Christmas.
This is a delightful plant that stems from the Mediterranean. It is a close relative of the daffodil, and it is also a plant that creates bell-shaped blooms that are extremely fragrant and perfect for your home during Christmas. The stalks of this houseplant are typically about a foot to a foot and a half in height, and the blooms are star-shaped delicacies that are pure white in colour. The blooms can be yellow or orange, but these varieties are often more rare.
Mistletoe is a symbol of love that we typically hang in our homes during Christmas, but this plant is actually a parasitic plant, so growing it indoors means that you will need a host for the mistletoe to grow. Seeding can occur in soil, but once roots form, the plant will need to be placed in a host tree’s bark. It will take about four years for a mistletoe plant to mature, and male plants will not produce white berries.
The leaves of Christmas berry are dark and glossy, and star-shaped flowers that are white and beautiful are produced in the summer months. During the winter season, the plant will yield fruits that are plump and red. The plant requires several hours of direct sunlight a day, and it also prefers to grow in warm temperatures with a high level of humidity.
Winter cherry is a plant that blooms small white flowers in the summer, but they are mostly known for their tomato-like berries that can be seen near the Christmas season. The longer the berries are on the stem, the redder they will become. These plants adore bright sunlight, but nothing that is too direct. They also need relatively cool temperatures, but nothing too drafty. In addition, this plant is also toxic so be careful if pets or small children are in your home.
Azaleas are evergreen shrubs that produce bright red blooms that vary in hue. The plant is loved during Christmas because it blooms during the winter months and continues into early spring. It is not a plant that likes a lot of direct sunlight; in fact, it actually likes to grow in partial shade conditions. This plant enjoys relatively cool temperatures that do not rise above 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why it is such a great plant to have in your home during the winter months.
This plant is a lovely Christmas plant to make your home feel more festive. It is a plant that originates from Europe and the Mediterranean area, and the blooms are often delightful shades of red that match the rest of your Christmas décor.