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Deck the Halls with Greenery: 13 Must-Have Holiday Plants

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Transform your home into a winter wonderland with the enchanting allure of holiday plants. Beyond their festive charm, these botanical delights aren’t just for decoration – they’re resilient companions that can thrive long after the holiday season. Join us on a journey through 13 splendid plants that will brighten your space and stand the test of time, adding a touch of nature’s magic to your festivities.

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

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Embrace the holidays with the stunning Christmas Cactus, a delightful, low-maintenance succulent that blooms in various colors, including red, white, pink, and purple. Unlike traditional desert cacti, this tropical rainforest native thrives on regular watering and prefers partial shade. The segmented flat leaves elegantly cascade from their container, adding a touch of winter magic to any space. To ensure its vibrancy, strike the right balance of sunlight—partial shade is ideal, especially during winter. 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

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No holiday decor is complete without the iconic Poinsettia, boasting vibrant scarlet red, white, cream, yellow, and pink hues. Beyond their temporary glittery facade, Poinsettias are perennial plants that can thrive long past the holiday season if provided with the proper care. These prominent, lush beauties love bright, diffused sunlight and should be watered when the soil is dry. Planted outdoors after the holidays, they can grace your garden year-round, reminding you of the festive season gone by.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis

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Add a touch of elegance with the Amaryllis, a winter-blooming houseplant known for its colossal trumpet-like flowers in deep red, white, and pink shades. Sold as bulbs in festive containers, Amaryllis requires patience, taking weeks to bloom. Purchase it early or choose a pre-blooming variety to enjoy its splendor during the holidays. Amaryllis thrives with morning sunlight, transitioning to indirect sunlight in the afternoon. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and once the blooms have faded, plant them outdoors for a splendid display come spring.

Paperwhites

Paperwhites

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Enhance your festive arrangements with the delicate beauty of Paperwhites, featuring clusters of small, fragrant, snow-white flowers atop tall green stems. These lovely blooms are expected during the holiday season and can be found at most retail stores. Plan to ensure a timely display, as Paperwhites take 4 to 6 weeks to bloom. Like their holiday companions, they thrive in bright, indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours daily. Remember to repot them if necessary, providing well-draining soil with gravel or rocks to prevent waterlogging.

Rosemary

Rosemary

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Beyond its culinary applications, Rosemary is a versatile and aromatic holiday plant. With slender, needle-like leaves and a woody stem, Rosemary can be grown indoors in containers year-round or planted outdoors in the spring. This herb demands full sun, at least 6 hours per day, and can tolerate occasional drought once mature. A south-facing window is ideal for indoor growth, supplemented with grow lights if needed. Whether used in holiday recipes or as a festive table centerpiece, Rosemary adds a fragrant and decorative touch to your seasonal celebrations.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

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No holiday gathering is complete without the tradition of hanging mistletoe. This evergreen plant, known for its translucent white berries, is commonly used in festive decor. At the same time, mistletoe cuttings can be hung around the home for a touch of holiday magic. To keep it fresh, place the branches in a vase of water in a cool, dry place. Remember to return them to the vase at the end of the day to maintain their freshness throughout the holiday season.

Holly

Holly

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Symbolic of the holiday season, Holly plants, with their spiky glossy leaves and bright red berries, add a pop of festive color to garlands, Christmas trees, and wreaths. While typically planted outdoors in the spring, Holly’s cuttings can be used to adorn holiday arrangements. Depending on the variety, they may require full sun to partial shade and prefer moist, well-draining soils. Prune them in late fall or early winter, keeping cuttings fresh in a cool, dry place until ready for use in your holiday decor.

Croton

Croton

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Infuse tropical colors into your holiday decor with the vibrant Croton plant. Known for its variegated leaves in red, orange, yellow, and green shades, Crotons can be challenging but rewarding when given the proper care. Ideal temperatures between 70 and 80°F are crucial, with bright, indirect sunlight preferred. Watering should be done on a biweekly schedule, and in winter, less frequent watering is sufficient. With patience and attention to temperature and light, Croton promises a colorful and lively winter display.

Anthurium

Anthurium

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Also known as the flamingo flower, Anthuriums are tropical plants that add unique shapes and vibrant colors to your holiday arrangements. While they may be climbers with roots growing from the stem, their long-lasting blooms make the effort worthwhile. Anthuriums thrive in warmer temperatures (65-85°F) and bright, indirect sunlight for at least 6 hours daily. Keep soils consistently moist, and once you understand their care needs, these slow-growing plants will reward you with beautiful blooms for an extended period.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

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Bring a touch of elegance indoors with the winter-blooming Cyclamen, known for its butterfly-like petals in red, white, or pink. Ideal for centerpieces, Cyclamen can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Bright, indirect light is crucial for their growth, and they appreciate well-draining soils. Going dormant in summer, Cyclamen rewards proper care with a vibrant display come fall. Mastering their water needs is the trick, as they dislike being over or underwatered, making regular soil checks essential.

Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

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While not a true pine, the Norfolk Island Pine often called the living Christmas tree, exudes holiday charm. They are ideal for indoor decorations, adorned with ornaments and ribbons during the festive season. Usually discarded after the holidays, these pines can be a permanent part of your garden with proper care. Preferring full sun, they can tolerate dimmer light conditions for extended periods as long as warmer temperatures are maintained. Watering on a consistent schedule every one to two weeks ensures their longevity as a cherished holiday keepsake.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

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The Peace Lily symbolizes truce and peace and adds serenity to your holiday decor. With waxy green leaves and clean white blooms, this easy-to-care-for plant thrives in lower-light conditions. While it typically blooms in spring, indoor growth allows for flexibility in blooming times. Place it where it receives bright, indirect sunlight and water when the first few inches of soil are dry. Containers with drainage holes are essential to prevent waterlogging, ensuring the Peace Lily graces your home with its beauty for months.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads

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Infuse tropical hues into your holiday display with showy Bromeliads. These indoor plants boast multicolored leaves in red, green, purple, orange, and yellow, often with striking patterns. Blooming only once in their lifetime, Bromeliads produce offsets that continue the color display. Thriving in bright and indirect sunlight, each variety may have unique light requirements. Despite their tropical origins, Bromeliads can handle lower moisture levels, making them a colorful and low-maintenance addition to your festive arrangements.

 

Other Guides from Planet Natural:

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