Unleash Year-Round Blooms: How to Turn Holiday Plants into Evergreen Favorites in Your Home | Sponsored by: Louisiana Nursery

Unleash Year-Round Blooms: How to Turn Holiday Plants into Evergreen Favorites in Your Home |  Sponsored by: Louisiana Nursery

Although they are often associated exclusively with the holiday season, many of the plants that light up our homes during Christmas are actually great year-round houseplants. With proper care, these plants not only survive, but can thrive and thrive for several years. Here are our suggestions for how to care for these plants after the holiday season, as well as some facts that make them unique.

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera)

This plant is known for its segmented, pendulous branches and vibrant winter flowers of pink, red, white and purple. It is a popular heirloom plant, often passed down through generations. Unlike the desert cactus, the Christmas cactus is native to the tropical rainforests of Brazil.

Christmas cactus prefers indirect light and a humid environment. Water it when you feel the top of the soil is dry. The plant needs induced dormancy in order to produce flowering. For six to eight weeks starting in mid-fall, reduce watering by allowing the top inch of soil to dry out and reduce light by moving the plant to a dark room for 12 to 14 hours daily. You should start to see flowers forming just before winter.

Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe bluesfieldiana)

With their thick leaves and clusters of small, vibrant flowers, kalanchoes are cheerful additions to any space. This is a “photoperiodic” plant, which means it flowers in response to longer daylight. This makes it perfect for brightening up the dreary winter months.

Kalanchoes need bright, indirect light. Allow the soil to dry between watering. To encourage reblooming, provide 14 hours of darkness each night for about six weeks.


Cyclamen (Cyclamine persicum)

Cyclamen has distinctive heart-shaped leaves and elegant, upright flowers in various colors. In the wild, its bulbs can survive under snow and bloom again in the spring.

These plants prefer cool temperatures and indirect light. Water when dry to the touch, avoiding the center. The cyclamen plant prefers to remain dormant in the summer, after providing you with beautiful flowers for several months. Twelve hours of darkness per night is sufficient, and you should see flower production starting in early fall.

Freezing fern (Selaginella kraussiana ‘Variegatus’)

This plant resembles a fern, with a delicate, frosted appearance and variegated foliage. However, despite its name, the plant is not a true fern, but is related to ancient plants that predate dinosaurs.

Frosted ferns thrive in medium to low light and high humidity. Keep the soil constantly moist and avoid direct sunlight to maintain its unique color.

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anthurium (Anthurium andrianum)

Anthuriums are known for their shiny, heart-shaped swathes and contrasting plants, surrounded by lush green foliage. Heart-shaped flowers symbolize hospitality and are often used in floral arrangements.

These plants love bright, indirect light and high humidity. Keep the soil slightly moist and provide a period of low watering in winter. There is no need for change in sunlight in different seasons.

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Poinsettias are known for their vibrant red and green leaves, although they are available in other colors as well, including pink and white. The colored parts of the poinsettia are actually called bracts. The true flowers are the much smaller yellow parts found on the head of the plant.

Poinsettias prefer indirect light and moderate watering. After the holiday season, reduce watering. The foliage will become completely green without any rest period. To stimulate red foliage production before Christmas, provide about 14 hours of complete darkness each night for eight to 10 weeks in early fall.

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