holiday house plants

One of the things that I love about Christmas is the colorful array of house plants on display in stores for purchase. The problem with some of these plants is that some of the more delicate ones cannot withstand the dry heat or lack of humidity in our homes. This causes them to not look so wonderful for not too long. Unless you live in a greenhouse you make want to take measures to insure the beauty of your holiday plants remain that way long after the holiday season. The most popular beauties for the holidays may turn out to be beasts if you don't know how to meet their needs.


Poinsettias are great for the holiday season but they don't last too much past the holiday. If you want them to last throughout the holiday, make sure you keep the soil most at all times. Letting the soil dry out will cause this house plant to wither and possible cause the leaves and blooms to fade and drop. Once the leaves begin to drop after the holidays, the blooming stage will be over.


The Norfolk Island Pine tree is a holiday regular in stores and greenhouses. This beautiful tree originates from the South Pacific. This plant should be watered when it becomes dry all winter. In the spring time you can keep it moist at all times. The most important point with Norfolk Island Pines is the humidity level. This plant should be misted frequently to create the humidity that it likes. To keep the plant even on all sides and to avoid it getting lopsided, rotate the plant weekly.



The first thing you should know about the lovely Jerusalem cherry house plant is that it is a member of the nightshade family of plants. Most of these plants are mildly to severely poisonous, as is the Jerusalem cherry. For this reason, it is not safe to have this plant around children or pets. The berries or cherries can remain on the plant for as much as a couple of months. The Jerusalem cherry is a hardy house plant that originates from Peru.


Everyone has seen the beautiful Christmas cacti with its beautiful pink blooms. Named this because it blooms at Christmas time, the Christmas cactus native soils are Central and South America. Caring for your already blooming Christmas cacti is not so hard at all. Water this plant when the top soil dries. To create humidity for this house plant, place a plant saucer under the plant with small stones or pebbles in it. Put water in the saucer high enough to fall below the bottom of the pot. This will create natural humidity for your plant. This plant needs cooler conditions so don't put it near a heater vent.


The Amaryllis plant will bloom at the end of December. The blooms will last for a couple of months if cared for properly. With proper water and plenty of light, the Amaryllis will be a show piece in your home. Let the top soil dry out between watering. You will most likely need to stake this plant to keep it growing in the right direction.