These easy-to-care for holiday plants bring bright color and cheer to the holidays, and don’t require a lot of effort on your part. So, go ahead and fill your home with the cheer of fresh flowers this year with these blooming holiday plants.
Poinsettias: Although my poinsettia isn’t exactly carefree, as I grow it from year to year, placing it in darkness by mid-October to get my December blooms, you don’t need to go to all that trouble. Poinsettias hit the supermarket and department stores in full bloom in late November or early December. These easy-to-care for plants brighten the holidays and need only occasional watering to keep them looking good.
Paperwhites: These beauties can be purchased in kits or with the bulbs already potted up in soil. Some come in decorative containers with pebbles or colored stones. Place the potted bulbs in a location that receives bright indirect sunlight and keep them watered to start the bulbs growing. Blooms appear approximately 6 to 8 weeks after starting.
Christmas cactus: This cactus don’t look much like a cactus at all. It produces graceful arches of blooms in white, pink or red. If you don’t want the bother of caring for this plant all year, look for one that is ready to bloom. Place it in bright indirect light and enjoy it for the season.
Amaryllis: Impressive amaryllis is one of my favorites, as this giant bulb produces showy flowers in shades of pink, red, and white that resemble an Easter lily. They can be purchased in kits ready for planting or already potted in soil. Blooms appear several weeks after planting, but beware these flowers are poisonous to cats. If you must grow one, despite having cats, place it in a room with a closed door and keep all cats away.
Cyclamen: These flowers always remind me of butterflies about to take flight and come in shades of red, pink and white just right for adding to the holiday display. Purchase cyclamen at the florist, or in the floral section of most grocery stores. These come ready-to-bloom and the long-lasting flowers will brighten the holidays for weeks. However, beware, cyclamen may appear to die off after blooming, as they need a period of dormancy.
Each of these plants can be kept alive through the winter and coaxed into blooming the next year, but if that’s not your style, don’t worry. They are inexpensive enough to throw away and buy a new one next year!