5 Must have Christmas Plants

It’s that time of year  to trim the tree, hang the garland and crank up the Old Saint Nick tunes. Many of us love transforming our homes into little winter wonderland getaways. Most often it’s just those small touches which can really add to that holiday feel. For example, one way would be to switch out some of your tropical houseplants. Below, is our short list of some seasonal plants you simply can’t live without, which will certainly add a bit of that wintery holiday spirit.

Poinsettias -  These are very commonly recognized as a Christmas plant. With its bright red florets and seasonal availability we associate these beauties with all things Christmas. Over the years we see them dressed up in different ways with new varieties being added. They are still by far one of the most popular for people to buy for their own homes or to give as gifts. With a full range in different sizes and placing them in a festive container they truly make gift giving easy! Here are some care tips to keep your plant at its best.  

  • They enjoy bright indirect sunlight.

  • They love plenty of moisture, as long as, they are not sitting in any excess water.  

  • Keep the plant away from locations where it will receive hot or cold drafts as the bright colour of the bracts will remain longer if temperatures  do not exceed 22°C.

Frosty Fern  -  This is a great foliage plant that adds a touch to the season with its white frosty tips which resemble a cool night or snowy morning. As they become more and more popular each year, we too are seeing these plants dressed up and potted beautifully as a small hostess gift or placed throughout the average household home. Making sure this fern variety is cared for properly will allow maximum enjoyment for the season!

  • Water the plant twice a week. If the soil  starts to feel a little dry, it's time to water. If the whole plant feels lighter than usual, it's also probably time to water. If your plant starts to wilt, you guessed it, water immediately!

  • Bright indirect light is the kind of light that this houseplant craves.

Christmas Cactus -  A Christmas cactus is a tropical cactus, not a desert cactus. About a month prior to Christmas you will be able to watch the tips of the leaves begin to grow. The tips will grow darker as each day passes, until a bud forms. At Christmas time, as if by magic, the buds open to a beautiful flower that will add color and warmth to any holiday season.

  • Give your Christmas Cactus bright but indirect light.

  • Too much heat and light can stunt growth and burn the leaves.

  • Keep away from drafts, heat vents, fireplaces or other sources of hot air.

  • Unlike most desert cacti, this variety cannot tolerate completely dry soil. If the soil getstoo dry, the flowers buds will drop and the plant will wilt.

  • Do not overwater as too much watering will cause spots to appear on the leaves and the leaves will likely fall off.

    Winterberry -  These  are  small compact plants that show off its bright red berries against its rich lush green leaves. They make great houseplants for the winter season with adding just the right amount of red and green, to ring in the holidays. They are a slow growing plant which makes them a great addition for mixed planters needing a little sprucing up! With the arrival of Spring take this plant outdoors to enjoy in our gardens. Keep in mind, however, it will not winter over in our harsh cold Canadian climate. For indoor care these are a few things to remember;

  • Do not overwater these plants. They have a shallow root system and do not need to be overly moist.

  • Medium to bright light is required for keeping these plants at their best.

  • We would advise against tasting the berries. They may leave your stomach in distress!

Cypress -  These green foliage plants are a great way to add height and a statement to any room. The tidy narrow growth habit of Cypress is a beautiful decorative accent for use indoors on their own or added to a mixed planter. They are beautiful when paired together on either side of a mantle or at an indoor entrance way. We are even starting to see people who are living in a small space use these as a mini Christmas tree! Adding a few decorative balls or a festive container gives the impression of having an outdoor tree come to life!  Keeping the plant in a small container will not allow it to reach its maximum growth potential. Repot often, to see the results of a larger plant and prune to keep the desired shape. More  tips to remember are

  • Keep the soil moist especially during the winter months when our air is dry.

  • Give them good light, even though they do not have flowers, this foliage plant still enjoys the benefits of a bright day!