Winter can be a depressing time of the year, especially with the lack of sunshine and fresh flowers from the garden. But there is a silver lining in those dark, gloomy clouds! You can grow these holiday plants in the comfort of your home.
Not only are these plants easy to grow, they will brighten up your home with a burst of colour! And they will improve your mood and relieve all the stress surrounding the holiday season! Grow one today!
Here are 5 easy to grow holiday plants:
1. Christmas Cactus. This popular holiday plant, which blooms flowers in shades of yellow, pink and white, needs to be kept moist. Water regularly, but don’t over water. As the Christmas cactus is native to tropical rainforests, it does best in a warm, bright location in fertile, well-drained soil. Christmas cacti are ideal houseplants, but they also make great gifts for gardeners.
2. Cyclamen, another houseplant that is quite popular during the holiday season, is loved for its vibrant, fragrant flowers. Flowers come in pink, lavender, red and white. Not only is it easy to grow, it is low maintenance and pest resistant. Cyclamen plants thrive in a cool, humid environment. Water frequently to keep soil moist. Misting the plant from time to time is recommended.
3. Amaryllis. No Christmas is complete with these beautiful showy flowers! Flowers come in red, white, pink and other variations in between. Amaryllis bulbs are generally available for purchase in the fall. Plant bulbs in well-drained soil mixed with some peat moss. To encourage blooms, place in a warm and sunny location. These long lasting flowers will bloom during the holiday season and throughout the year. Another ideal houseplant or gift idea for flower lovers!
4. Paperwhites are so simple to grow! All you need to do is add water. Even kids can do this! Paperwhite bulbs are commonly planted in the spring, but they can be forced to bloom during the winter. To get the bulbs to flower, place in a sunny, bright spot. Once they are in bloom, move to a cooler spot, as they will last longer. Paperwhites will add beauty and fragrance to your home during the holiday season. These beautiful white flowers also make wonderful hostess gifts!
5. Azaleasaren’t usually thought of as a holiday plant, as they are available all year round. But they would be ideal to have around the house during the holidays. Azeleas are known to remove formaldehyde and other air pollutants from the home. When the plant is in bloom, place in a warm, sunny spot, but away from direct light. When the flowers are faded, place in a cooler, shadier location. They prefer moist, acid soil with peat moss. Water regularly.
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