You don’t have to restrict your holiday decorating scheme to your Christmas tree and the ornament. Flowering holiday plants allow you to expand the holiday feel to every room in your house. Regardless of the type of holiday plant or bulb you choose, some simple tricks will keep them in pristine condition, not just for Christmas, but well into the new year.
- Keep plants away from drafty windows, heat vents or doors that open outside. You don’t want your plants to get exposed to drastic temperature changes, which is exactly what happens if they’re in places where those changes are most pronounced.
- Never allow your plants to sit in residual water after you water them. If you aren’t able to discard the water that runs through the soil, place the plant in a dish that is proportional to the size of the pot. Fill the bottom of the dish with a layer of gravel, stones, pebbles or colorful floral glass. Put your plant on top of your layer, and this will lift the pot high enough to keep it from having to sit in water.
- Two clever tricks will keep your Paperwhite Narcissus stems standing upright and prevent them from flopping over. If you don’t have a special forcing jar for your Paperwhites, you can put them in a dish with river rock or pebbles. Use holiday-colored raffia to wrap the stems, so they stand up straight and don’t fall over.
- Another way to do that is by mixing a cup of clear 80 proof alcohol (such as gin or vodka,) with seven cups of water. You don’t have to use that much, but you want a to make a 5 percent alcohol solution by adding however much water you need to the correct amount of alcohol. Buy stunting the plant growth, this prevents the stem leaves from falling over.
- To keep your Amaryllis leaves or stems from falling over, turn the pot every day so that every part of the plant gets the same amount of light exposure.
You can do this with any of your holiday flowering plants to keep them from growing towards the light.
- Give your flowering plants bright, but indirect light for at least six hours a day. Don’t put your Poinsettia where it will get intense direct light. Doing so will burn the bracts, or colorful leaf-like petals.
There is no reason to get overwhelmed about taking care of your holiday flowering plants. Take advantage of these easy tips, and your flowers will continue to look like you just bought them throughout the whole holiday season.