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These Houseplants Make the Season Merry and Bright

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In lieu of pushing your houseplants to a corner to make way for the holiday décor, move them toward the center to create a festive focal point. Your Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only greenery in the décor. A theme is the best way to ensure your home doesn’t look too cluttered, so either stick to reds and greens or go neutral. If you want to add some holiday cheer but aren’t quite sure how to proceed, wrap the shelves with sparkling lights to avoid being over the top. Your arrangements will enliven your entryway, deck, patio, and balcony throughout winter.

Are you wondering what qualifies as a good excuse to bring more houseplants into your home? Here’s a good one for you – create holiday magic. Head out to your local garden store for these plants. They’ll outlive your Christmas tree.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis is one of the easiest plants to grow and take care of, so you can enjoy big, beautiful blooms without much difficulty. Just so you know, it doesn’t survive freezing temperatures, meaning that during a colder-than-normal winter, you’ll want to have this sumptuous flower indoors. The most popular colours are red and white, but the flowers can also be salmon, rose, apricot, or burgundy; some varieties are bicolour, like purple and green. For a burst of holiday blooms, you should plant amaryllis in the fall. You don’t have to wait until spring. Choose a bright spot away from draughts and out of direct sunlight.

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The bulbs can grow without any water or soil if they’re waxed. Plant the amaryllis in a pot to get to flower year after year. A bulb may have one, two, or three stalks, which can appear at the same time or concomitantly. Opt for a pot that’s one or two inches wider than the diameter of the bulb. The container can be made from recycled material like plastic but must have drainage holes at the bottom. At elho, you can easily find matching pots that are an absolute delight in any house. Fill the pot about halfway with potting mix, nestle the bulb firmly into the soil, and continue adding potting mix until the bulb remains above the soil line. Water thoroughly to help the soil settle around.

Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus is renowned for its staking cerise flowers that last from five to seven days. The plant requires tender loving care to make it through the holiday season, as it suffers when exposed to dry conditions and indirect sunlight. Practise regular watering even if it receives enough moisture from the potting soil, and keep the Christmas cactus in a cool-temperature environment to encourage a December bloom. By the window in the kitchen is a fantastic place to keep it because the boiling pots imitate the equatorial humidity. You can give your Christmas cactus a name if you like: there’s nothing weird about it. Some research shows that talking to plants supports their growth.

Kalanchoe

A kalanchoe is very low maintenance, not to mention that it’s widely available in supermarkets. Add a pop of color to your holiday décor, but step away from the traditional red and green pairing. The kalanchoe can serve as a table centerpiece, creating beauty and elegance. You can also use it to liven up your console or shelves. Either way, you’re guaranteed a festive and welcoming atmosphere. The kalanchoe sets into bloom in winter and early spring months, and you can count on the blooms to last for a few weeks. Kalanchoes do well when grown outside, so you can take yours outside whenever the temperature is warm enough. For the best results, put your kalanchoes in outdoor planters with drainage holes.

Poinsettia

Poinsettias are everywhere this time of the year, and it’s not hard to understand why. You’ll find them in festive red, cream, pink, or apricot (or with marbling, speckles, or streaks). The shape of the flower and the leaves remind of the Star of Bethlehem, which symbolises that Jesus is the light of the world, shining hope to humankind. A potted poinsettia is enough to impress – it has unique elements that make it special. You can use the blooms to decorate a garland, wreath, or Christmas tree. Anyway, display the poinsettias in a bright, warm spot; they can be close to the radiator but not in direct sunlight or draughts.

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Make sure to arrange the poinsettias around teeny evergreens or combine them with blooming amaryllis, leaving just an inch or two between the pots. Your guests will be so impressed, and you’ll be the only one who knows how easy it was. If you want your poinsettias to grow very long legs before the holiday season, take cuttings in the late summer and make the plants flower by ascertaining they get up to 14 hours of darkness each day. Instead of buying a big plant, think about getting several tiny ones. For example, they can be used as stand-in place cards for a holiday affair – tie each name card using a pretty ribbon.

Ivy

Finally, yet importantly, ivy can be included in festive garlands to tie the look together, filling out the space with beautiful greenery. Even the wealthiest and most grandiose homes boast decorative holly boughs, adding to the festive cheer. You can use ivy in any way you see fit, so have fun and let your creativity shine through. For instance, you can take the Christmas lights and gently wrap them around the ivy; just make sure to turn them off. Ivy produces flowers and even small berries in the late fall and winter, a delicious feast for animals. They’re very poisonous for humans, though.

Wrapping It Up

You should use locally grown flowers as much as possible, but at this time of the year, you can turn to other places for help – draping plants around the home can look wonderful. The Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only star of the show. Say yes to plant decorations and discover the difference they can make to your traditions.