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Gardening Tips: Tis The Season For Plants

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to bring warmth and cheer into your home than with the timeless beauty of holiday plants? From the classic Poinsettia to the aromatic Rosemary, these green companions add a touch of nature to your festive decor. In this article, we’ll explore the charm and care of some iconic holiday plants that have become synonymous with the joy and traditions of this special time of year.

  1. Poinsettias: Stars of the Season
    Known for their vibrant red bracts, Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are a symbol of the holidays.
    However, did you know they come in various hues, including white and pink? Ensure your Poinsettia thrives by placing it in bright, indirect light and allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. With proper care, these festive favorites can last well beyond the holiday season.
  2. Christmas Cacti: Blooms in Winter Bliss
    Elevate your indoor garden with the graceful arching stems and jewel-toned blooms of Christmas Cacti (Schlumbergera spp.). Originating from the rainforests of Brazil, these epiphytic plants bring a burst of color during the winter months. Provide bright, indirect light, keep the soil consistently moist, and watch as these resilient cacti reward you with a spectacular floral display.
  3. Rosemary: Fragrant and Flavorful
    Not just a culinary herb, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) takes on a dual role during the holidays. Its evergreen foliage adds a touch of greenery to your decor, while the delightful aroma enhances the festive atmosphere. Position your Rosemary in a sunny spot, water when the soil feels dry, and enjoy the multifaceted beauty of this herb.
  4. Amaryllis: Majestic Elegance Unveiled
    For a dramatic touch, consider the majestic Amaryllis (Hippeastrum). With its towering stems and large, trumpet-shaped flowers, the Amaryllis commands attention. Plant the bulb in well-draining soil, place it in a sunny location, and witness the stunning blooms unfold. A perfect addition to your holiday centerpiece or mantelpiece.
  5. Mistletoe: A Timeless Tradition
    Steeped in tradition, Mistletoe (Viscum album) adds a touch of enchantment to the holiday season.
    Hang a sprig above a doorway for a festive and playful tradition of kissing underneath. Keep in mind that mistletoe is parasitic, so if you’re considering growing your own, it typically attaches itself to trees.
  6. Norfolk Island Pine: A Living Christmas Tree
    For those who crave the scent of pine but prefer a living alternative, the Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) is an excellent choice. Resembling a miniature Christmas tree, this evergreen adds a touch of holiday magic. Provide bright, indirect light, and water when the top inch of soil feels dry.
    Greening the Season

As you immerse yourself in the joy of holiday festivities, consider welcoming these green companions into your home. Beyond their visual appeal, holiday plants bring a sense of nature and tranquility,
enhancing the spirit of the season. Whether it’s the iconic Poinsettia, the delicate blooms of Christmas Cacti, or the fragrant allure of Rosemary, each plant contributes to the tapestry of holiday traditions.
May your home be adorned with the beauty and vitality of these festive botanicals, creating lasting memories for years to come.
Feel free to stop by the UF/IFAS Extension Flagler County office or email our Master Gardeners at mgardener@flaglercounty.gov and follow us on our Facebook UF IFAS Flagler County Master Gardeners page for any of your plant and insect questions. Also, for additional educational materials go to edis.ifas.ufl.edu to get more information.
Happy Planting!