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Holiday Gift Plant Care: A Guide To Taking Care Of Holiday Plants

Dec 29

It's not the first time you've visited this location. You've been given an amazing plant from a family member or close friend, but you don't know how to care for it. Whether it's a poinsettia or an Easter lily, your new prized greenery may not come with care instructions. Knowing how to care for Christmas plants is usually a no-brainer, but the key is keeping them alive all year so they can produce again the next season. A few pointers can help you get started on the path to a happy, healthy relationship with your new plant companion.

 

Gifting Plants

Plants are a great way to show someone you care. They provide a soothing image, are long-lasting, and cost-effective. Plants may be given as presents for holidays or other events as a potted indoor plant, speciality flower, or even a new tree for your landscape. The most common sorts are those seen in the flower section of a grocery store or in the holiday displays of a large box retailer.

In general, growing holiday plants throughout their season requires standard plant care. The basic requirements are for water, light, a little amount of food, and not much more. The seasonal needs for the plant will alter if you want it to grow and flourish all year. You must prepare yourself with knowledge of how to care for holiday plants, particularly those that need precise light, temperature, or other requirements in order to produce the same vision or bloom the following year.

 

Plants As Holiday Gifts

Holiday plant care varies depending on the species. It's tough to get reblooming cyclamen and kalanchoe. Remove any wasted blooms and fertilize on a regular basis. Give the plants four to six weeks of lower sun exposure starting in early September, and you should see blossoms within a few weeks.

Poinsettias are difficult to care for over the holidays. For the most of the year, regular plant care is sufficient, but to produce those bright "flowers," they need a lengthy time of short days. Allow them to sleep in full darkness for 14 to 16 hours a day.

Foil wrappings and plastic pots are common for holiday plants. Remove the foil and repot in a container that drains well and removes excess moisture for a long-lasting specimen. It's best to use unglazed clay. Water regularly, but not excessively. If it's required, use a moisture meter. It's best to keep Christmas cactus as dry as possible.

During the winter holidays, amaryllis and paperwhites are often presented. They start as a bulb, bloom profusely, and then die. So, what are my options? Keep the bulbs in a dark place with peat moss and a paper bag. Place the bulbs in a peaty potting mix the next autumn and watch them flourish. The key is to keep the foliage on for as long as possible in order to promote the development of the next season. Remove the bulb from the soil medium when the foliage is gone. Allow it to air dry on the counter for a few days before storing it in a cold, dark location in a paper bag.

A real Christmas tree is another festive plant you might consider growing. Check for dryness and repot the tree before spring. As a seasonal keepsake, it's good to plant the tree outdoors.