Christmas Houseplants

Can Christmas houseplants bloom in a year? Like every year, We buy various decorative flowers in winter, but most of them die quickly. We are probably doing something wrong. How to care for them? In the pre-Christmas period, supermarkets sell potted plants relatively cheaply associated with Christmas. They are grown in perfect greenhouse conditions to achieve their full potential as soon as available for sale.

Usually, we treat them once as seasonal decorations. As soon as they stop blooming, we get rid of them, but we can successfully keep them until the following year with a bit of goodwill. If you want to enjoy them also next year, find out about the needs of such plants.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen is usually the first Christmas plant to show that the home conditions do not suit it, especially central heating. It needs low (but not harmful) temperatures and a bright place, e.g. a conservatory or a vestibule. Place the cyclamens close to the window, but not so that the strongest sun shines on them. Choose sites away from heating. As soon as the plant finishes flowering, please leave it in place for at least 12 weeks so that it can store energy in the tubers for the following year.

When the summer months arrive, place the cyclamen outdoors in a partially shaded, secluded location. Remove from pot, letting the leaves die off. In early fall, plant the tubers in a container of fresh soil and move them to a cool room to encourage their growth.

Poinsettia

Unlike cyclamen, poinsettias, known as the star of Bethlehem, will survive in a warm room as long as it is watered. The coloured bracts can stay on it until March, while the leaves can be green all year round.

The only problem is to keep the plant in such conditions that it will be colourful again for next Christmas. For this to happen, it needs a minimum of 12 hours of the night! If the darkness is interrupted, for example, by turning on artificial lighting, the effort will be wasted. Covering the plant with a black waste bag will prevent this – in this case, the poinsettia can even stand in the living room. Of course, you can keep it indoors without access to light, but not everyone has one.

Orchid

Orchids have a reputation for being complex plants, but Phalaenopsis is easy to grow and will flower again without much help on our part. The key to success is to provide light to their roots – which is why they are often sold in clear plastic pots.

Place the plants in a warm, well-lit place. They cannot be allowed to stand in the water! As soon as they start to bleed, cut the flower stalks halfway (to the eye). This should stimulate the production of new stems.

Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus, also known as the Clover Cactus, is very easy to care for and flowers every year. It needs less water than other houseplants as a succulent plant and can be kept outside in summer.

Move the plant home in early September as soon as the first flower buds appear on the tops of the leaves. The pellet plant must not be moved to another place, and even the pots must not be turned because it may cause the buds to fall.

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