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Deck the Halls with Greenery: A Holly Jolly Guide to Holiday Plant Care

Ah, the holiday season is upon us, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by adorning our homes with delightful green companions? Poinsettias, fresh cut Christmas trees, Christmas cacti, and winter bulbs are the stars of the show, adding that extra touch of merriment to your decor. But don't let the holiday hustle and bustle overwhelm you; we're here to make sure your holiday plants stay jolly and bright!  


Poinsettias - Santa's Favorite Redheads

Environmental Needs: Poinsettias are like the divas of the holiday plant world - they love the limelight! Place them in a bright, indirect light location, away from chilly drafts. Keep them cozy at a comfortable room temperature between 65-70°F (18-24°C).

Tips & Tricks:

  • Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry, but don't let them sit in water. Poinsettias are the drama queens who refuse to have wet feet!
  • Fertilizing during the holiday season isn't necessary; they've got enough flair on their own.

 Fresh Christmas Tree

Fresh Cut Christmas Trees - Evergreen Elegance

Environmental Needs: Christmas trees are the backbone of holiday decor. Keep them in a water-filled stand to maintain their freshness. Place them away from heat sources like radiators or fireplaces, and they'll stay green and lush.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Trim the trunk before placing it in water to help with water absorption.
  • When you water your tree for the first time, add warm, or even hot, water. This can help melt any hard sap on the base of the trunk which will help your tree absorb water to stay lush all season long. 
  • Keep the water level consistent to prevent your tree from going all "Charlie Brown" on you.

 Blooming Christmas Cacti

Christmas Cacti - Nature's Tinsel

Environmental Needs: These vibrant and unique cacti are a lovely addition to your holiday lineup. They prefer bright, indirect light and slightly cooler temperatures, around 50-55°F (10-13°C) at night.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry, but don't drown them. They like their soil slightly damp, not sopping wet.
  • Fertilize sparingly with a balanced, diluted solution if you want them to bloom next year.

 Blooming Amaryllis

Winter Bulbs - Twinkle in a Pot

Environmental Needs: Bulbs like paperwhites and amaryllis are the twinkling stars of holiday bulb displays. Plant them in well-draining soil, and give them plenty of bright, indirect sunlight.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Bulbs don't like to swim!
  • Fertilize every 2-4 weeks with a diluted, balanced fertilizer like Houseplant Multivita to keep them in top shape.


And there you have it, your holiday plant care cheat sheet! Remember, the key to a joyful holiday season is a little love, attention, and maybe a dash of holiday magic. With these playful tips, your festive green companions will shine as brightly as Rudolph's nose, making your home the merriest place to be. Happy holidays!