Top 5 Must Have Christmas Plants!

Christmas time brings cool temperatures and snow, but these five indoor plants match the festive reds and greens. Maybe you know of some, but we hope to introduce you to something new! Decorate your home in the Christmas spirit by caring for these festive plants.

5. Cyclamen

Cyclamen are small flowers with long stems, stretching above heart-shaped leaves. The buds give off a sweet aroma that makes for a welcoming presence.

These plants tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so they will not be damaged by frosty window sills. In the right conditions, these vibrant white flowers will bloom for 8 weeks. Cyclamen grow best in dim light. Bottom-water daily for 15-20 minutes. After their first bloom, Cyclamen require extensive preparation and precise care to survive until another season, causing most people throw them out post-bloom and start with a fresh plant next year.

4. Orchids

Orchids have become one of the most common household flowers due to their vibrant colors and ornate appearance. They come in a variety of sizes and patterns to match your decorating needs.

They bloom for months and require minimal maintenance. These flowers can be bought around Thanksgiving, and survive through Christmas. Orchids are best grown in indirect light and prefer temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Water slowly once a weekly until the soil is completely saturated and water seeps out the bottom of the pot.

To prepare for the next bloom, use orchid fertilizer until a new stem begins to emerge.

 

3. Norfolk Island Pines

These pine trees have small leaves, giving them the appearance of a miniature! When decorated with bows, garlands and lightweight ornaments, they make a great live Christmas tree without taking up as much space as a full-size pine tree.

These plants are native to the South Pacific. Anywhere else they will only survive consistently indoors. They require 6-8 hours of light per day. Too much light will cause the lower branches to droop and eventually fall off. Water when dry to the touch. Be sure to check the soil every couple days. Too little water will cause the branches to dry up, and they will never grow back!

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2. Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus bloom early in the winter, filing your home with vibrant pink and red flowers.

Like most cacti, they are very simple to care for! They grow best in a window that receives direct sunlight. Water lightly when the soil is completely dry.

You can keep these cacti for next year. Just make sure they get plenty of sunlight during the late summer and fall for a healthy winter bloom!

1. Poinsettias

These flowers have wide green leaves and come in a variety of red blooms. American’s buy over 70 million poinsettias in the months leading up to Christmas. Poinsettias are tied to Christmas like candy canes and gifts!

These brightly colored flowers add a lot of Christmas spirit to your home. Do not let them get too cold when transporting them. Even a few minutes in temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit can damage the plant. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. Overwatering is the most common way to kill poinsettias.

They can be kept after bloom, but require consistent watering and fertilizer to re-bloom!

Use this list to pick out the perfect plants for your Christmas decorations. Have a Merry Christmas!

Were any of our Christmas plant picks a surprise to you? Comment below what plants make up your Christmas décor this year!

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