The winter season is primarily associated with Christmas trees, yet other plants are famous during this time of the year. Decorating your house for Christmas is the task everyone awaits when the holiday season is upon us. There’s nothing as beautiful as seeing your house decorated with plants and flowers and light up.
In addition to Christmas balls, light, and other ornaments, Christmas flowers and plants are a wonderful inclusion to the decorations. They bring a touch of fresh and natural wintry beauty while smoothly complementing the greenery of the Christmas tree and other plants in your house.
Beato has compiled a list of 5 Christmas plants based on their style and appearance. These are considered plants mainly because it is during this time of the year they reach their vegetative milepost. We refer to the blooming of the plants, creating its fruits, or obtaining different shades than the regular ones.
1. The Poinsettia
Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico. The deciduous shrub belongs to the species of which more than 100 other types are known. It is usually red, has gorgeous bracts, quintessential at Christmas, embellished with its ovate leaves that grow along its thick stem, which can reach a maximum height of 2 meters.
As the classic Christmas nougat, Poinsettia is best known for returning home every year. This plant is significantly beautiful because of its red leaves. Other than red, the plant can be found in white and yellow colors also.
Poinsettia is a seasonal flower, usually planted in early December. After the Christmas celebrations, it is usually replaced by other seasonal plants. It can be planted at home after Christmas also, but you should worry about watering it occasionally and keeping it near a window for adequate light. It is highly recommended to use a quality fertilizer once a year, ideally in the winters.
If you want to leave it outdoors, then you must shelter it from the cold; the plant will start to branch and act like a flowering shrub.
This plant was first used as a decorative plant in Ireland, later it spread throughout Europe. It grows wild in forests and tends to live up to 100 years. Presently, the species is protected since it exceeded in the collection, and is later used as a decorative element during the Christmas season.
It can be grown at home also; your only concern should be locating it in an area that is humid and shadowy. Holly is a slow-growing plant. It is an outdoor shrub, which grows well in the shade. It needs a humid environment and does not tolerate transplants very well. It also needs well-fertilized soil.
It is found both in male and female versions; though the first of them is most appreciated. In addition to intense red berries, although harmful to humans, Holly plants are characterized by having spiny leafy edges.
Without its roots in the ground, mistletoe grows on the bark of the trees that host it. It is considered a mark of fertility and fortune and has white fruits. For the festivities, mistletoe is hung on the doors of the houses, and in some traditions, people kiss their partners for “good luck”, considering that it is associated with happiness, love, and friendship.
It needs to be grown in areas with high levels of organic matter. It tends to grow in a good light and humid region. Despite favoring the cold, it adapts to heat very well.
The custom of hanging mistletoe on the door, and kissing whoever is beneath it is associated with a series of interpretations of Celtic traditions that considered mistletoe as a bearer of good fertility and fortune.
Rusco is a native plant to Asia and Europe. Similar to the holly plant, its characteristic in the Christmas season is creating red berries. It has green flowers and small leaves that accompany its fruit.
Rusco also has medicinal properties which help in fighting cramps, varicose veins, and other vascular disorders. It can be grown both in shade and under the sun, decorating the small corners of your garden. You should water the plant regularly in summer and occasionally in winter. It should be fertilized once every year.
5. Christmas Cactus
The Christmas cactus is an easy-to-grow plant. Its stems are flat, composed of segments with serrated edges, and new stems appear from each segment. Over time, the plant cannot stand upright and obtains a hanging shape, leaving the stem arched.
The flowers arise from the stems’ ends. Its flowers can be of different colors, though red and purple are the most demanded colors since they are ideal for Christmas decorations.
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