Deck The Halls With These Ten Festive Plants

Display at Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC

 

Celebrate the holiday with these live plants, some of which you receive as gifts. These houseplants can stand alone or complement the festive holiday decor:

 

 

  1. Poinsettia. No other houseplant captures the Christmas spirit more than poinsettias.
  2. Thanksgiving/Christmas Cacti (Schlumbergera bridesii or S. truncata) –  these easy to care for dependable flowering cacti (they’re really succulents) come in red, pink or white colored blooms.
  1. Amaryllis is a bulbous plant that blooms in winter season or program to flower in any season.  Large flowers available in vibrant reds, orange tones, pinks,  snowy white, or bicolors.

    Amaryllis + daffodils

  1. Norfolk Island Pine. Mini-Christmas trees have become a holiday staple at garden centers. Indoors, they may grow up to 12 feet in height. They can spend summers outdoors under the shade of a shade tree.
  1. Kalanchoes are true succulents, so do not overwater and allow excellent soil drainage. They bear lovely foliage and long lasting flowers that come in red, orange, pink, purple, yellow, white and just recently bi-colored varieties.
  2. Cyclamen- their lovely mottled, heart-shaped leaves and red, pink, or white flowers will beautify spaces in your home or in protected outdoor areas where nightly temperatures do not drop below 37 °F.
  3. Bromeliads – one of the easiest house plants to grow. They don’t ask for much light. Mist the air around them several days per week. Flowers are very showy and young plants (pups) form that become the “grandchildren” of your plant.
  4. Tillandsias – which are bromeliad relatives are frequently sold as “Air Plants” because plants don’t have roots and are not potbound. All plant(s) ask for is a daily misting or weekly one hour soaking in the sink or bucket of water.
  5. Sedums – available in pots or planted in changeable frames suitable for wall hanging either for room interiors or outdoors (hardy types).
  6. Paperwhites –  miniature white daffodil blooms are highly fragrant. Simply give plenty them of water, and you’ will be rewarded with 4 weeks of beautiful winter white blooms

During the spring-summer seasons feed most plants (not tillandsias) monthly with a weak solution of Miracle -Gro or an equivalent product. Otherwise, water plants weekly.

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