We’re focusing on Christmas houseplants this month
Christmas houseplants are a fantastic way to brighten up your house over the festive period and they’re fabulous gifts too. A little care will help them flourish so we’ve got a simple guide below, as well as some specialist care info for the most popular plants.
How to make the most of your Christmas houseplants
- Most flowering houseplants last longer if kept cool (10°C to 15°C) although poinsettias and Christmas cacti like it a little warmer.
- Avoid chills at night (common if plants are displayed on windowsills) and excessive warmth, especially from radiators or fires.
- Most Christmas houseplants, but particularly azaleas and cyclamen, are best watered from the roots up. Standing the pot in a little water, then remove and drain before returning to its position.
- Azaleas don’t tolerate hard water well, so ideally they should be given rainwater or deionised water.
- Keep compost moist, allowing the top to slightly dry out before watering and a feed weekly to fortnightly with a liquid houseplant feed while in flower.
Choose a brightly lit spot away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
Poinsettias hate chills and draughts, so position them carefully and out of burning direct sunlight.
Keep the atmosphere humid to prolong bract life by misting regularly.
Indoor azaleas need cool conditions, a position out of direct sunlight and keep the compost moist.
Indoor Hyacinth bulbs are forced into growth to produce early, winter displays. Keep plants cool and the compost moist. When flowering has finished, the plants can be hardened off by gradually acclimatising them to outdoor conditions and planted in the garden.
Kalanchoe (Flaming Katy)
Flaming Katy needs a cool but sunny position and water and don’t water too much. Let the surface of the compost dry out slightly.
Winter Cherry (Solanum)
Choose a cool, bright spot on a sunny windowsill and avoid a dry atmosphere by misting daily.
Christmas cacti need a bright position, out of direct sunlight. Avoid over watering as this can cause the flower buds to drop.