Top 10 Christmas plants and how to keep them (Pt. 1)

Winter is a time when nature's colors fade and many plants go into hibernation. But imagine the joy of having beautiful, vibrant, and sometimes functional plants during the cold Christmas season indoors!
In this article, you'll learn the first 5 of the top 10 plants that are not only active during winter, but also complement your Christmas decor.

#1 Christmas Tree

It's hard to imagine Christmas without a Christmas tree. This plant is an undeniable symbol of the holiday. But before you bring the tree into your home, check it for pests and insects. It is important to avoid infesting your other houseplants. If you want your Christmas tree to last, make sure it is fresh.

The branches should be flexible, and the needles should not fall off. Also, to make sure the cut tree lasts as long as possible, cut off a quarter of the trunk from the bottom before setting it up for better water penetration into the trunk. Remember to check the water level daily to prevent the tree from drying out. And keep the plant away from heaters and fireplaces. With proper care, a cut Christmas tree can last about a month in your home.

#2 Poinsettia

It is one of the most popular Christmas plants. It became a symbol of Christmas because of its red and green leaves. But because the plant can be found in a variety of colors, everyone can find a poinsettia to match their personal Christmas decor. 

To keep poinsettias healthy, avoid excess watering, as they are prone to root rot. Water only when the top layer of soil has dried out. Also, give it enough light. Remember that poinsettias are perennials, and with the right care, you can have them blooming by next Christmas. 

#3 Christmas cactus

The Christmas cactus is a popular plant because it blooms during the Christmas season. It got its name because the flowers resemble Christmas ornaments on a Christmas tree.

The Christmas cactus delights its owners by blooming not only at Christmas but also on Thanksgiving day.
Unlike other cacti, it requires moderate watering and does not like bright sunlight.

#4 Amaryllis

It is a very ornamental plant. It is loved at home because it blooms very easily and brings colors to gray winter days. It grows very quickly and begins to bloom 4 to 6 weeks after planting the bulb.

So if you want amaryllis to bloom for Christmas - plant it in mid to late November. It needs bright sunlight and moderate watering. Water only when the top layer of soil is dry.

#5 Mistletoe

It's tradition to kiss under the mistletoe during the holidays. It’s classified as parasitic because it attaches to a host tree via a root-like structure called a haustorium.

The foliage is evergreen, and female plants will produce a plethora of white berries. However, since mistletoe is a parasitic plant, we recommend getting rid of it in your garden.

These are just 5 of the top 10 plants that can bring life to your home during the winter season, especially during the festive season of Christmas. However, this is just the beginning. To find out the other 5 must-have winter plants, stay tuned for the part 2 of this article.