Christmas is a time of beauty and celebration, so why not use plants and flowers to bring colour into the home during the festive season.
This is probably the first plant that springs to mind when it comes to festive coloured plants. With their bright red and green leaves, it just screams of Christmas potted colour! Give them bright light, allow them to slightly dry between waterings, and feed them with a liquid houseplant fertiliser according to label directions.
Also known as crab’s claw cactus and zygocactus, these beautiful plants produce pretty flowers ranging from pink, purple, red as well as white, yellow and orange. Christmas cactus is a true cactus although it doesn't resemble typical desert cacti. It is drought tolerant and requires little maintenance, however too much water will cause leaves to spot and fall off. They grow from 15cm to 30cm in height and 15cm to 45cm in width.
Because of its needle-like leaves, rosemary is perfect for a simple centrepiece in a little planter pot, replicating the look of a miniature Christmas tree. Plus, you have the added bonus of the beautiful rosemary fragrance! Rosemary thrives in warm and sunny conditions, so make sure to keep your rosemary where it will receive at least six hours of sunlight. Make sure you water the rosemary frequently to keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
Calandiva is a gorgeous succulent with large glossy, scalloped leaves and clusters of double-flowering blossoms in shades of white, pink, orange and red, that can develop as many as 26 petals on a single bloom. Bring colour to the Christmas table by placing them in colourful planter pots. Being a succulent, calandiva is easy to grow and thrive on minimal water. Pop it outside, once you have finished using it decorate the Christmas table, as calandiva is attractive to bees and butterflies!
Small potted Christmas tree
Of course, nothing says Christmas more than a small potted Christmas tree. Whilst they do belong outdoors for the long term, they can be brought indoors for up to three weeks, at the most. You should water them on a regular basis and be mindful not to let them dry out. Once you have finished using the tree as a Christmas decoration, move it outdoors into a bigger pot and watch it grow! If the tree has been indoors for a few weeks, make sure you introduce the tree to sunlight in stages, as it will be sensitive to sunlight. Keep it out for full sun for the first three to four days in order for it not to burn. After a few days, move the tree into direct sunlight for an hour a day, steadily increasing the number of hours every subsequent week.