Care for Christmas Plants

Overview

Certain plants have an association with Christmas and you can bring them into your homes where the proper care will help them thrive. Plants such as the poinsettia, the Christmas cactus and indoor cyclamen can make you forget the winter weather and short hours of daylight, getting you in the mood for the holiday season. These plants can do well if you attend to a few of their most pressing requirements.

Step 1

Protect the plant from the elements on its way home with you. Request that the person selling you the plant wrap multiple layers of newspapers around the plant itself as well as the pot. This will prevent any chill from cutting the plant's life short before you even get it home. Do not forget a plant in a car once you arrive at your destination, as the cold can quickly affect it.

Step 2

Keep the Christmas plants out of cold drafts of air as well as hot ones. Temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day that fall just slightly lower in the evening are optimum. Steer them clear of furnaces, wood stoves, fireplaces and other sources of warm to hot air.

Step 3

Put the plant on a table or plant stand near a window, but not on the windowsill itself. The combination of the chill from being too close to a pane of glass and the potential for the curtains or shades to harm the plant if you close them exists if you place the plant on a windowsill.

Step 4

Find a spot in your home that receives a great deal of sunlight during the course of the day and place flowering Christmas plants such as poinsettia, azalea and amaryllis there. Lacking such a spot, you can turn to fluorescent light to provide this light for as much as 12 to 16 hours each day.

Step 5

Check the Christmas plants frequently to assess whether they require watering. If the soil at the top of the pot is dry, add water until it begins to drain finally out of the bottom holes before stopping. Take care not to overwater the plant.

Step 6

Add moisture to the air around your Christmas plants with a humidifier. If you desire, you can keep them in places like the bathroom or kitchen that are typically more humid than other rooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Plants
  • Fluorescent light (optional)
  • Water
  • Humidifier (optional)

References

  • Caring for Christmas Plants: Flower Gardening Made Easy
Keywords: Christmas plant care, poinsetta plant, indoor cyclamen

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