Making Your Christmas Plants Last

Published July 20, 2012

After the Holidays are over, we are inclined to toss our Christmas plants away. However, with the dreary January weather, it’s nice to keep them around a little longer to brighten up our homes.

Here are a few tips to keep the blooms alive over the next few months.

Poinsettias love direct sunlight and temperatures between 65-70 degrees. It’s important to ensure they have proper drainage. If your plant is still sitting in it’s original foil package, be sure to poke holes in the bottom of the foil so the excess water will drain out. Keep these plants away from any direct drafts and be sure to keep the soil moist at all times.

Cyclamens are another popular Christmas plant. They tend to prefer cool, drafty locations and shaded areas. The soil should¬† be kept moist but not too wet, and it’s always a good idea to remove the yellowing leaves and any dead flowers. These plants make wonderful centerpieces for dinner parties. Place them in bright containers and run them down the center of the table.

Amaryllis plants look spectacular when they are in full bloom. These bulbs can be made to re-bloom during the year. After the plant has finished it’s blooming cycle remove any dead blooms and place it in a sunny, warm location. Windowsills are perfect for this. Continue to water and give plant food every month. Once the warm weather arrives you may place your amaryllis in a partly sunny location outside.

The traditional Christmas Cacti loves bright light. Keeping them away from drafts and fluctuating temperatures is a good idea. They also like their soil to be kept dry in between watering. With proper care, these plants will last for many years.

*Did you know?  Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant. They make up roughly 80% of all potted plants sold over the Holiday Season.