How to Plant Outdoor Christmas Plants


Enjoy Christmas plants year-round in your outdoor garden. Plants such as holly trees and poinsettias thrive in gardens when given the proper care. Best of all, cuttings can be harvested from these plants and used for Christmas decorations and presents every year. While the plants associated with Christmas produce their recognized traits during the winter, they should always be planted in late spring, once the threat of late frosts has passed. Poinsettias are tropical plants that are native to Mexico, so if your winters are especially harsh, you should harvest the plant and its root ball in the fall and enjoy it indoors through the winter.

Holly Trees

Step 1

Dig a hole that is twice as large in diameter and equally as deep as the holly tree's container. Holly trees thrive in full sun or partial shade, depending on the particular species you are planting. Always verify sun exposure requirements with the garden center before planting your tree.

Step 2

Mix 5 lbs. of sawdust into the soil used for the hole. This helps to keep the soil cool and moist.

Step 3

Remove the holly tree from its container and carefully place it into the hole.

Step 4

Fill in the soil around it and level it at the top, do not press the soil down. Holly trees prefer moist soil, so water the tree at regular intervals, such as every other day.


Step 1

Place the poinsettia plant in a cool, dark place once its leaves fall off after Christmas.

Step 2

Transplant the poinsettia outdoors in late spring by using a technique similar to the holly tree, but incorporating mulch instead of sawdust into the soil.

Step 3

Water every other day to ensure the soil remains slightly moist.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep holly trees and poinsettia plants out of the reach of children and pets, as they are both considered toxic.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Sawdust
  • 2 holly trees
  • Poinsettia shrub
  • Mulch


  • Colorado State University: The Poinsettia Euphorbia pulcherrima
  • Dessert Tropicals: Poinsettia
  • Arkive: Common holly
  • Clemson University Extension: Holly
  • Monrovia: Variegated English Holly
Keywords: outdoor plants, transplanting poinsettias, growing holly trees

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