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Christmas Houseplants to Decorate Your Home

Want to impress your friends this Christmas and New Year? We will tell you about Top Christmas Houseplants that will make your house more beautiful and tips to take proper care for those plants. 

Having festive plants in your home is a great way to brighten the atmosphere and bring a feeling of love, laughter, and joy to your Christmas gathering.  

Christmas Houseplants to Decorate Your Home 

1. Poinsettia

  • They are pointed red tropical flower that is often associated with the Christmas season. It is most commonly seen in red, but can also be found in shades of pink and soft yellow. 

  • It is native to Mexico and Central America. It grows maximum to 45 cm and is poisonous for cats and dogs.

  • They grow best in direct sunlight and humid temperatures that remain between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Poinsettias have gained a lot of attention around the globe for being a Christmas decoration plant and for religious purposes.

  • This plant is so popular in the US that December 12th is national poinsettia day and can be bought from different types of stores. 

2. Amaryllis

  • They are bell-shaped and are often found in beautiful shades of red that creates welcoming warmth in your home. 

  • These tropical plants require relatively warm temperature and humidity in the air. This is a plant that requires bright sunlight, but it should not be placed in direct sunlight though because this can hinder the bloom and its colour fades away.

3. Christmas Cactus

  • Christmas cactus produces small, flat stem segments that are roundish in nature, with minor serrations on both sides. It blooms mid-November-January.

  • This plant comes from Brazil and prefers a semi-shaded spot. It’s ideal for humid environments like kitchens and bathrooms because in the wild they grow in the trees of tropical rain forests or jungles, so as well as ensuring humidity, they need to be somewhere warm.

  • It longevity and low-maintenance requirements, makes for a very appealing purchase as a gift or for your home.

4. Coral Berry 

  • It is also known as the Christmas berry. It is an attractive plant in all seasons. 

  • With this shrub, growers have the opportunity to see clusters of white or pinkish flowers bloom in the summer that is followed by red berries which last over the Christmas 

  • The red berries that grow is the main attraction to this species and what makes it a great Christmas indoor plant.

  • Its origin is in East Asia. Its maximum height is 3 ft and width 2 ft.

  • It has glossy dark green serrated leaves which are oval shaped. They grow to approximately 3-5 inches long with a couple of inches wide. 

5. Snowdrops 

  • Snowdrops require a period of cold to really help them to prosper, so try leaving them in a sheltered outdoor space before bringing indoors to flower. 
  • You should grow them indoors but they should be kept cool and shaded. 

6. Holly 

  • Holly have been a favorite to brighten the desolate winter since ancient times. The holly shrubs or traditional Christmas plants have pointed leaves, red berries, and small white blooms.

  • This plant requires full sun and well-drained soil that is a bit on the acidic side to grow properly.

  • For good results you can keep them in a cool room with access to sunlight. Though you can move this plant outside when the season is over and once grown will make an attractive addition to the garden.

  • Holly seeds are difficult to germinate so, for a potted holly plant inside the home, a cutting can be used to start the plant. 

  • Home-grown indoor holly will probably not produce berries because they are either male or female and must be grown together to produce berries. 

  • So buy a plant with berries already is the easiest way to get started. 

7. Rosemary 

  • Only the smell of rosemary will get you feeling festive. 

  • Keep these plants in a sunny spot like your kitchen windowsill, providing ample water when the soil is dry to touch. They don’t like frosts.

  • You can decorate your indoor rosemary with red ribbon to make it look like a miniature Christmas tree.

8. Mistletoe

  • It is a symbol of love that we typically hang in our homes during the holiday season. 

  • This is a parasitic plant, so in order to grow you own at home, first gather the seeds from the berry and plant it in potting soil. Then attach to the host tree of your choice, most commonly an apple tree. 

  • Seeding can occur in soil, but once roots form, the plant will need to be placed in a host tree’s bark. 

  • It will take about four years for a mistletoe plant to mature, and male plants will not produce white berries.

  • Some species of this plant are poisonous, so I keep mine away from the kids and pets.

9. Paperwhite Narcissus 

  • It is a delightful plant that stems from the Mediterranean. It is a close relative of the daffodil and are bell shaped.

  • They are extremely fragrant. The stalks of this houseplant are typically about a foot to a foot and a half in height and the blooms are star-shaped delicacies that are pure white in color. They are rarely found in yellow or orange variety.

10. Christmas Azaleas

  • They are evergreen shrubs that produce bright red blooms that vary in hue. 

  • It blooms during the winter months and continues into early spring. It grows in partial shade conditions and does not like a lot of direct sunlight. 

  • It enjoys cool temperatures that do not rise above 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, it is a great plant to have in your home during the winter months. 



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