PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) − Holiday plants can be a great addition to your home's holiday decor, but without properly taking care of them, they may not last as long or look as merry as you want.
Some popular plants for the holiday season are Christmas cactus, rosemary, cyclamen, poinsettia, live Christmas tree wreaths and amaryllis red lion bulb, to name a few.
Some of these plants are found indoors and outdoors "year-round" and others appear in the fall, but make their full appearance in the winter.
Christmas cactus are great for indoors.
- Direct sunlight and complete darkness at night
- They need 50-60 percent humidity; place water near it to create humidity
- Avoid excess heat from ducts and fireplaces
- Prep for rest; place in a cool room with little to no water for 30 days for it to continue growing
Rosemary topiary or Christmas tree shaped bush plants is a nice choice for an indoor plant.
- Cool locations with access to direct sunlight and good air circulation
- More light will result in a more dense plant
- Avoid over-watering
- Don't allow the plant to sit in it's water; drain the saucer
- Plant can be fertilized in the spring and planted in the summer
Cyclamen is a bright plant that needs attention.
- Ensure soil is always moist
- Avoid water on crown of plant
- During the winter, high humidity is needed; keep it on a tray with water
- Indirect light in the winter
- Avoid heat in the summer
Christmas wreaths can be used indoor and outdoor.
- Place away from direct sunlight
- Mist it with water throughout the season
Poinsettias are a common holiday plant for the home and can be found at a number of retailers.
- As much direct sunlight as possible- near windows
- When the surface is dry, water it enough to have it run through the bottom of pot
- Don't allow water to sit