In its homeland, poinsettias naturally bloom during the Christmas season. Large groupings of bright red leaves or bracts surround small yellow flowers, providing a striking contrast against its dark green leaves.
Since the popular plant was brought to America, many varieties of poinsettia have been developed in all shades of red, pink, white, spotted, speckled and marbled. There’s a trend now to dye the bracts eye-catching shades of blue, purple, fuchsia, gold or orange and sprinkle them with glitter. These unique beauties are in big demand at our greenhouses, but there’s a limited supply.
With proper care, poinsettias will last for several weeks or months in your home. Place them in bright, indirect light away from drafts. They prefer to be in a warm, 68-70 degree location and kept evenly moist. They can be sensitive to very wet or very dry conditions.
Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous to people or pets. Decorate your home with poinsettias and share the beauty with your friends and family this holiday season.
Cyclamen are available in an incredible range of colors, including red, white, pink and lavender. Cyclamen grow from corms, which produce 50 blossoms or more over several weeks or months. Although they aren’t typically associated with Christmas traditions, cyclamen bloom during the holiday season and are available in Christmas colors, making them great plants for holiday decorating or gift giving.
Get the most from your cyclamen by placing them in bright, indirect light in a cool location. They prefer 45-55 degree nights and 55-65 degree days. Temperatures above 65 cause them to become thin and leggy.
Watering can be a bit tricky. Cyclamen should always remain moist, but not wet. We recommend setting the pot in a shallow pan of water. That way, the plant can absorb water from the bottom of the pot. With proper care and attention, your cyclamen will give you years of beauty and enjoyment.
This isn’t the prickly, odd-shaped plant growing in the desert that we typically think of when we hear the word cactus. This is a tropical plant that comes from the rainforests of Central and South America, where it grows as an epiphyte in the forest canopy.
Considering its origins, you can see why this type of cactus requires more water and less sun than other cacti. Christmas cactus should be placed in bright but indirect light, and allowed to dry slightly between watering.
If possible, bring this plant outdoors for the summer and place in light shade, where it can thrive in the warmth and humidity. Fertilize throughout the growing season with an all-purpose plant food. Allow the plant to stay outdoors until temperatures begin to drop below 50 degrees, and then bring it back inside. The cool temperatures will cause your Christmas cactus to form buds and begin flowering. The flowers are bright, iridescent colors of pink, red and white.
Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island pines make great Christmas gifts. And when the holidays are over, they become elegant houseplants.
Place your Norfolk Island pine in a bright area, where it’ll receive one to two hours of sun each day. When the upper third of the pot dries out, water thoroughly and fertilize about once a month.
Norfolk Island pines appreciate humidity of 50% or more. Low humidity can cause branch tips to brown. Use a pebble tray and mist frequently to improve the humidity around your plant.
Norfolk Island pines may need a bit more care and attention than other houseplants, but they’re well worth the effort.