Try These Colorful Houseplants This Christmas
Whether you are old school, promote minimalist styles, or choose a storm of Colorful Houseplants in your home. This Christmas, festive houseplants will include refinement and prestige to your home.
There are so many to take from–and here’s your chance to leaf through 10 of the best to get you into the Christmas spirit and present festive enthusiasm…
1. For Classicists… Poinsettia
By long the extremely popular colorful houseplant–and available in shades covering from classical red to pink, cream, white, and even variegated (try out ‘Red Glitter,’ a red and cream mix)–the poinsettia brings in plenty of color to the Christmas picture.
It can, however, be unstable if you set it in the wrong place. Have the plant draught-free in intense, indirect light and don’t over-water, or the colorful fronds will soon decline.
The rule of thumb is to stand by until the soil appears dry and then water, but never leave water in the pot’s bottom, or the roots will be drowned.
Pros recommend coating poinsettias with different warm-toned plants such as Sansevieria cylindrica and Anthurium Red for a rich, vibrant effect.
2. For Colorful Personalities… Christmas Cactus
These eye-popping colorful plants come in an abundance of colors, from crimson pinks to oranges, whites, and yellows–and all in between. Perfect if you’re not a fan of the classic red and green festive expression.
The immense superiority of these bright applicants is they flourish even if you’re neglectful in the frostier months, provided they receive enough indirect winter light, and you don’t over-water them.
They benefit from being misted every few days and will require rest in a cooler room after flowering to boost the chances of blossoming again.
Christmas Cactus flowers may occur in late winter, so they will keep the festivities continuing after Christmas is over.
3. For Fresh Air Enthusiasts… Anthurium (Flamingo lily)
These delicate plants with vivid green shiny leaves and striking red, white or pink flowers should be given pride of place in any festive home.
They’re also efficient at eliminating formaldehyde and ammonia from the air, corresponding to a NASA clean air research.
Anthurium prefers warmth (but don’t place them next to a radiator), a good deal of indirect light, and high humidity, so a steamy bathroom might be the place for them. Alternatively, moisture them constantly.
4. For Houseplant Killers… Kalanchoe
These beautiful plants with succulent leaves and clusters of long-lasting flowers are excellent for the houseplant enthusiast who can’t seem to hold anything alive.
Kalanchoe are accessible everywhere, from supermarkets to garden centers, can be included simply in Christmas plant displays to fill voids and add color, and rarely need any looking after.
Offer them a good deal of friendly light in ordinary room temperatures, which fall below 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit), and give compost some time to dry out between watering. In winter, water them slightly from the bottom.
Make sure you purchase them when the flowers are blossoming, like those which just present buds may not bloom.
5. For Essence Lovers… Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda)
Unlike the more compact star jasmine, with its tiny leaves and fragile stems, the Madagascar variation is a more impressive plant for Christmas, with its heavy green glossy leaves and huge, droopy white buds opening to expose seductively perfumed flowers.
In the wild, it’s a flowering vine, so you can trail it wherever, but if you choose it uniform, route it around a large wire circle and twist a few warm white fairy lights around it for a merry effect.
It prefers a light position, but not where it’s draughty. When it’s flowering, keep the soil damp–but not soaked–and don’t let the roots rest in water.
6. For Modernists… Paperwhite Narcissi
These scented narcissi contribute to the height and structure of Christmas plant displays, combining well with sprigs of wood such as silver birch and lower-growing greenery or moss to line the pot.
They’re excellent contenders for those who crave spring and cool, minimalist consumers who want structure and a sophisticated white palette.
Half-fill a glass vase with pebbles, stones, or gravel for a limited display, and you can plant the flowering paperwhites in it. Each flower spike has up to 15 flower heads.
7. For Minimalists… Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
They have become much more common in the last decade, but the white moth orchid still spells elegance when arranged in a stylish pot.
Water them entirely once a week, and let the water drain out of the pot on a draining board before putting them back into their containers.
8. For Low-Upkeep Fans… Succulent Mix
Succulents are optimal for people with limited time or space but still demand some plant color over the festive season–giving on beyond the New Year.
Rich, red houseleeks (sempervivums) can be grown inside or out, while other succulents having mini agaves, aloes, and echeverias offer a palette of colors from lush deep greens to ruby reds, ideal for terrariums or mixed pots for the festive season.
They need plenty of light, a gritty compost–such as a cactus mix potting soil–and very little water over the winter.
9. For Exotic Enthusiasts… Bromeliad Guzmania ‘Hope’
With their eye-catching scarlet flower heads and white-tipped petals, Bromeliad houseplants sport a more tropical look than other conventional Christmas plants. They offer longevity, as the glossy green leaves will provide interest throughout the year.
They’re easy to look after, too, as long as you keep them warm, with minimum temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit)–let the soil dry out between watering, and don’t over-water.
10. For Statement Makers… Pineapple Plant (Ananas Comosus)
Surprise your dinner guests by placing these exotic beauties in an area where their small fruits will be admired, along with their tropical-looking leaves.
These types produce fruits that are not for eating–they are extremely bitter–so grow them for their novelty value.
This striking houseplant is happiest on a sunny windowsill and needs little care, with year-round foliage meaning it’ll look fantastic well past the festive season.
Style it in a gold pot to add glamour and style to your Christmas tablescape.
Final Word On Colorful Houseplants
Whichever you choose, don’t fall down on the little maintenance that is required.
All houseplants could do with a tepid drink of water to keep the soil damp, along with food in the form of slow-release fertilizer.
They’ll also want to be kept out of direct sunlight and given plenty of space. By that, I mean a pot that’s big enough – which usually involves an immediate transplant once you get your new plant home.
It will have been brought up in the tiniest container available for commercial reasons, so get it a new pot filled with suitable compost so the roots can have a stretch.