Deck the Halls: 5 Houseplants for a Festive Christmas Ambiance
Move over poinsettias; amaryllises might just steal the show, judging by their popularity on Instagram. With spectacular blooms that last for weeks and a variety of colors, including white, red, coral, burgundy, and pink, amaryllises are a holiday delight. Consider 'Apple Blossom' for a lime green-throated, watercolor-pink brushed bloom or 'Stargazer' for red flowers with snowy-white stars. With a little care, these bulbs can even rebloom after a dormant period.
No houseplant represents Christmas quite like the poinsettia. Available in festive red, hot pink, cream, white, apricot, or marbled varieties, poinsettias epitomize holiday charm. 'Jingle Bells' and 'Peppermint Ruffles' offer unique twists with crimson beauty and pale pink and cream, respectively.
While they are stunning on their own, you can also tuck cut blooms into water picks for decorating garlands, wreaths, or Christmas trees. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not harmful to pets or children.
Featuring plump green leaves and vibrant flowers, kalanchoes are another holiday favorite. Blooming for weeks in white, pink, or red, they add a splash of color to your festive decor. As succulents, they prefer bright light without direct sun exposure.
Though not as familiar as poinsettias or amaryllises, cyclamens can bring equal festive cheer to your decor. With heart-shaped leaves and flowers in various colors, they make adorable standalone displays or delightful additions to houseplant arrangements.
Gift a foil-wrapped cyclamen to teachers, co-workers, or neighbors, adorned with a ribbon for an extra festive touch. Keep in mind that most cyclamens sold are tropical, and they'll bloom into spring if kept in a cool place.
Colorful Christmas Cactus
As the name suggests, the Christmas cactus is an iconic holiday plant, usually blooming around the festive season. With flowers in magenta, red, pink, coral, and more, these succulents can live up to 100 years, making them a cherished family heirloom.
Propagate a piece for someone special as a meaningful gift. For those in Zones 9-11, you can grow them outdoors, while indoors, they serve as accent plants and easy-care houseplants after their long-lasting flowers have finished.