Brits are getting tips on the easiest festive houseplants to care for this Christmas.
The experts at GardeningExpress.co.uk have developed the plants that require the least amount of maintenance to make them the perfect Christmas centerpiece.
They looked at varieties, including choices from traditional festive foliage like poinsettia, holly, and rosemary, to unusual flowers like Christmas cacti, desert roses, and African violets.
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Festive families who want to take an organic approach to their Christmas decorations can also take inspiration and decorate their rooms with pretty plants.
With growing concerns about the use of plastic, these are much more environmentally friendly options and are reusable year after year with the right care, they say. So you don’t have to be an expert in gardening, a few simple tips will keep your houseplants looking pristine.
Chris Bonnett of GardeningExpress.co.uk said: âThere are some fantastically festive plants and flowers that are easy to care for in the colder months and will add the Christmas spirit to any room.
âMany of these flowers also make great gifts, so this should be considered when shopping for friends or family with green fingers. “
âWhile these varieties are easy to care for, they can be quite picky with heat and light. A window sill might sound like a good idea, but the temperature really does fluctuate in front of the glass in the winter, especially if there is a heater underneath.
âAlso avoid drafts and hot spots near heaters or fires. Instead, display them in a bright place while maintaining a constant temperature.
Plants easy to have in the house this Christmas:
Red lion (Amaryllis)
The massive six-pointed amaryllis flower makes an impressive festive decoration, and a support stake will come in handy to hold the large flowers upright. Plant the bulbs no later than early November and keep the soil moist, but not soggy. When blooming, the bright red flowers will enjoy a semi-cool, humid place in the house with bright, indirect light and plenty of humidity. In the spring, put the plant back in a sunny place and water well.
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Pinsettias are a pretty, bright plant that is grown widely indoors at Christmas for their beautiful red bracts. They should only be watered after the compost has started to dry out. Overwatering poinsettias can really damage the plant, instead, spraying the plant regularly with a spray bottle is beneficial, especially during flowering.
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera)
Christmas cacti have nothing to do with Christmas tradition or the story of Christ’s birth, but they are easy to care for in the cooler months. They also look amazing, blooming from late November to late January. They will live happily in humid environments like kitchens and bathrooms as they grow in tropical rainforests in the wild. During the summer months, when the risk of frost has passed, they can be placed outside. This will help ripen new shoots and promote flowering. Keep them in a shady place and protect them from slugs
Rosemary (Salvia Rosmarinus)
Rosemary is the most authentic Christmas plant, as it is believed to be one of the plants in the manger where the baby Jesus was cradled.
The plant is an attractive evergreen shrub with needle-shaped leaves, and it is very easy to care for. Provide the grass with well-drained, sandy soil and a good amount of sun. These plants thrive in warm, humid environments and should be moved to a comfortable location in the house during the winter months.
Desert rose (Adenium)
These hardy plants are native to areas with hot climates, so they should be kept out of the cold at all costs. When kept as a houseplant, they are perfect specimens for nervous or novice gardeners. A large trunk is an indicator of the health of this plant, while a lean stalk is the plant that screams that it needs watering.
This Christmas classic is a symbol of eternal life and fertility. At the time, people believed that hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. When grown at home, holly will thrive in moist soil placed in light sun traps. However, they don’t just stop at December with the decorations, they make a beautiful houseplant all year round.
African violets (Saintpaulia)
While not the easiest plants to care for, they bloom beautifully and deserve to be on this list. They take up little space in the home and can make a great display when a few are grouped together. African violet plants should be watered when the soil does not appear wet with lukewarm or lukewarm water that has been left standing for 48 hours. These temperamental flowers will be well worth the beautiful blooms that come during cooler climates.
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