When you decorate your home for Christmas with houseplants like dazzling red poinsettias or amaryllis with candy cane stripes, it always makes you feel better despite the short, gloomy days and biting cold of winter. Additionally, both of these plants make the ideal present for a difficult-to-shop-for person. While poinsettias and amaryllises are popular plants at this time of year, Christmas cactus, kalanchoe, and cyclamen can all add a special touch to your celebrations.
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During the holidays, poinsettias are common, but amaryllises might be more popular. Amaryllis flowers are magnificent and can persist for weeks with minimal maintenance. A few colors are available, including white, red, coral, burgundy, pink, and bicolor. For instance, the flower variety 'Apple Blossom' has white blossoms with pink watercolor-brushed petals and lime green throats. Snow-white stars can be seen on the petals of red 'Stargazer' flowers. Even after going dormant, the large bulbs can blossom again with a little care.
Put your plant in a pretty planter if it came in a plain pot, or cut the long-stemmed blooms off and put them in water with a floral preserver. Be sure that whatever container you select won't fall over because the cut flowers look gorgeous in tall, clear glass cylinders, but they can be a little top-heavy.
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Kalanchoes are yet another Christmas favorite houseplants thanks to their hefty, green leaves and colorful flowers. White, pink, or red flowering kinds that bloom for weeks go well with seasonal colors. They also come in bright yellow and orange.
Succulents are kalanchoes. Bright light is what they prefer, but not direct sunlight. For some winter happiness, place one in your kitchen, bathroom, or home office. To keep roots from rotting, water when the soil feels dry and let the extra water run away. It might be challenging to get these low-maintenance perennials to bloom again. Even without their flowers, they make wonderful evergreen houseplants.
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The name itself makes the Christmas cactus an apparent festive houseplant. Additionally, it frequently blooms around the holidays. These magnificent succulents have eye-catching flowers that are different shades of magenta, red, pink, coral, white, and other colors. They can live up to 100 years, thus some fortunate gardeners have plants that their great-grandparents once grew.
Growing a piece for a special someone is a thoughtful present idea, especially if you have a family heirloom plant. The best time to accomplish this is in the late spring. Segments can be cut off, allowed to dry for a day or two, and then planted an inch deep in a moist mixture of sand and potting soil. Lightly water until you notice fresh growth. Then replant them in normal potting soil.
Christmas cactus requires a cool, sunny environment with infrequent watering.
Poinsettias are the ultimate symbol of houseplants for Christmas decorating. Look for them in shades of apricot, cream, white, cream with speckles, hot pink, Christmas red, and hot pink. Two of my favorites are "Peppermint Ruffles," which is light pink and cream with dark pink specks, and "Jingle Bells," a scarlet beauty with white splashes. They even come spray-painted in blue and other fantastical colors, with or without glitter, as if their innate beauty weren't stunning enough.
Poinsettias in pots are eye-catching enough to serve as a centerpiece or to be placed on your hearth, where they will receive bright, indirect light. Additionally, you can use water picks to put cut flowers within to adorn a garland, wreath, or Christmas tree. Although you can use these delicate perennials to border an exterior door, they dislike cold drafts near windows and doors. Additionally, against common belief, eating poinsettias won't endanger dogs or young children.
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Even though cyclamen isn't as well-known as poinsettias or amaryllis as Christmas houseplants, it may nonetheless liven up your festive décor. Their purple, crimson, white, pink, and various color heart-shaped leaves and blossoms are attractive on their own or combined with other houseplants. It's complete with a bow and ribbon! Cyclamen that has been foil-wrapped makes a thoughtful present for coworkers, neighbors, and teachers.
Don't plant your cyclamen outside because most of the varieties available at garden centers are tropical. If they're kept in a cool spot, they'll bloom until spring. After blooming, these houseplants go dormant but frequently come back to life after a brief break.
A merry Christmas can be had by bringing some life to your houseplants so that they, as well, can enjoy the season. Remember to include your houseplants in your Christmas decorating. These above-mentioned colorful houseplants, which are simple to grow and enjoyable to give, provide cheer and vibrancy to the season.