During winter, a touch of spring can brighten up your home or office in the form of houseplants. Giving holiday houseplants to hostesses, family, and friends has become a favourable thank you gesture over the holidays.
In this blog post, we guide you through taking care of the Christmas cactus, Paperwhite bulbs, Cyclamen, Amaryllis, and Orchids.
These cacti are not your traditional cacti; they are epiphytic rainforest cacti found growing in Brazil and other South American countries. They require medium to bright light.
Regular watering and fertilizing should be done from April through August, in September through November reduce the watering and don’t fertilize. Blooming is encouraged by temperature fluctuation and a brief dry period.
These vibrant holiday houseplants perform best in bright light locations but will tolerate medium light. This plant is the opposite of the poinsettia; it does not like warm conditions it will wilt if the temperature is too warm.
The ideal location for this plant is a window ledge where the plant will encounter cool drafts. Though you would not know it by looking at them, they are a bulb. When watering a Cyclamen, it is best to do it from the bottom by pouring water into the saucer and allowing it to absorb, because of the density of the foliage and flowers they are prone to rotting.
These short-lived incredibly fragrant bulbs have grassy foliage comes up at the same time it blooms. Flowering can be slowed down by keeping them in a cool location and can be accelerated by moving the plant to a warmer area, making it easier to force for a Christmas party.
Did you know Amaryllis are native to South Africa? The amaryllis first produces their flowers then the foliage after blooming. When the plant starts to produce the flower spike, it should be kept in bright light, once the flowers open they can be moved into any room of the house.
Once they are done flowering, they should be kept in a bright location. The plants need to be regularly fertilized while the foliage is actively growing, it benefits from bright light.
To encourage flowering, it should dry out completely in September and October and kept in a cool dark place. Resume watering and place the plant in a sunny window in early November and it should bloom again by Christmas.
These orchids are one of the easiest ones to grow for homeowners. They benefit from intermediate temperatures. Medium light is the best for these plants such as in an east or north-west window is best for growing this species of orchid.
Despite what people say, the colour of the flower does not influence the difficulty of growing. These plants should be watered regularly (every seven to 10 days) and don’t withstand drought.
Avoid ice cubes because the cold water can shock the plants and cause some damage. We suggest using one cup (250ml) of water to hydrate the plant. To encourage blooming these plants need warm days and cool nights.
By: Kayla-Jane Barrie