Fall and Winter
Holiday plants light up the waning daylight hours of late fall and early winter. They represent an ancient tradition of honoring seasonal cycles and celebrations.
With a bit of care, the most familiar and festive plants will delight you for weeks. In general, cooler temperatures and careful watering will keep plants healthy and attractive.
|Amaryllis||To force, water once thoroughly, then, water when dry to the touch.||Force in sunny spot; then, move to medium, indirect light.||Force at 65°‐70°; move to 55°‐65°||Will bloom 6 ‐ 8 weeks after potting. Failure to bloom is often a result of overwatering. Remove faded flowers and stems after bloom. Will bloom many years with proper care.|
|Cyclamen||Keep evenly moist, not soggy.||bright, indirect Try a north window.||50° ‐65°||Blooms may last several months if kept cool, 50 ‐60 at night. Flowers dependably for one season.|
|Christmas + Thanksgiving Cactus||when dry to touch||bright, sunny||60° ‐70°||Plants will live for years; may rebloom in spring.|
|Kalanchoe||when dry to touch||bright, sunny||60° ‐ 75°||Flowers dependably for one season.|
|Narcissus ‐ Paper whites||Keep roots in water, or moist if in soil.||bright||50° ‐ 65°||Settle bulbs down half way into pebbles + water, or soil. Discard after bloom.|
|Poinsettias||when dry to touch; do not allow to dry out!||bright, sunny||60° ‐ 70°||Avoid drafts. Plants are not poisonous, but milky sap can irritate skin. Flowers dependably for one season.|
Tips for Success
- Remove decorative paper or foil ‐ or open a large hole in the bottom ‐ so that water drains freely from pot.
- Check plants daily ‐ if your home is cool, most plants need water only once a week.
- “Dry to touch” ‐ the top 1” of soil is mostly dry to the touch; below 1”, the soil feels moist.
- “Evenly moist” ‐ the top of the soil is slightly damp to the touch, not dried out. Avoid soggy soil; plant roots need air!
- Water just until the water flows out of the drainage hole. Do not leave pot standing in water.
Other Festive Plants
Anthuriums - have showy, waxy, bright red or pink flowers; good for warm homes >70°F.
Norfolk Island Pine - needs high humidity.
Rosemary - Often sheared to a Christmas tree shape; needs sunny window, welldrained soil; water when dry to the touch.