Favorite Christmas Plants for Holiday Decor
Beautiful plants are always a popular choice for decorating a home. However, during the holiday season, there are some plants that seem to work especially well. If you'd like to add a touch of "green" to your holiday decorations, here are some beautiful plants that will fit right in with the rest of your Christmas decorations.
Of course, no holiday greenery is as popular as the Christmas tree itself. Although cut trees and even artificial trees are quite common, nothing quite matches to look of a live Christmas tree in the home. As an added bonus, you'll be able to plant the tree outside once the holiday season is over. If you plan to have a live Christmas tree, try to shorten the amount of time the tree remains decorated in your home. Keep the tree in a cool room if possible, to help keep it healthy and viable for planting outdoors. With a little added care, you'll be able to enjoy the tree outdoors for years long after the holiday is over. There are also numerous varieties of small evergreen plants that are popular as indoor Christmas decorations. Even a small potted evergreen shrub with a conical shape can be decorated for the holidays and then planted outdoors afterwards.
Bright red poinsettias are one of the classic icons of Christmas. These beautiful flowers are even the subject of a charming Christmas legend. As the Mexican legend goes, a poor girl brought some simple weeds to a church on Christmas Eve as an offering to the Virgin Mary. But, as she entered the church, her simple weeds were transformed into beautiful poinsettias. Poinsettias are available in white, pink and other beautiful colors, in addition to the traditional red shade.
Although the Christmas cactus is a popular houseplant year-round, it really takes center stage during the holiday season. It may take a bit of extra effort to ensure that it blooms during Christmas, but it is certainly time well spent. If your cactus seems to be getting ready to bloom a little ahead of schedule, move it to a cooler room with less light. Warmer room temperatures and brighter light levels will conversely speed up the blooming process. The Christmas cactus also needs about a 50 to 60 percent humidity level, so placing a tray of water nearby can be helpful. This plant also seems to thrive and bloom best if it is a bit "pot-bound," so choose a smaller flower pot.
The beautiful amaryllis plant is also a popular choice during the Christmas season. In fact, many people enjoy giving and receiving these bulbs as gifts. If you want your bulb to bloom for Christmas, you'll need to get it planted ahead of time, since they usually require between 7 and 10 weeks of growing time. Plant the bulb up to its neck in potting soil mixture, then place in a warm 68 to 70 degree Fahrenheit room that gets plenty of direct light. Keep the soil a bit on the dry side until the stem starts to grow. Then, give it a bit more water. Before long, you'll have a one or more beautiful flowers to enjoy.