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Ho, Ho, Holiday Plants

The holiday season is full of traditions and holiday houseplants have played an important role in seasonal celebrations for centuries. While Christmas trees and mistletoe immediately come to mind, they are not alone. There's numerous other plants that boast Yuletide. Decorating with plants is easy with a little imagination, so let your creativity be your guide and don't be afraid to experiment. And, as you get ‘wrapped’ up in the frenzy of holiday season remember plants are always a great gift. Placing any flowering plant in a gift bag, wicker basket, or decorative wrap is ideal for both decorating and gifting. Here's a few of our favorites traditionals and not-so-traditionals...

Poinsettia
Introduced in the United States by our first ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett, the poinsettia has become the traditional Christmas plant. They are available in red, pink, gold, white and variegated colors. When purchasing your poinsettia, look for a plant with dark green, healthy foliage, strong stems and bright colored bracts. Place your poinsettia in a well-lit location, out of direct sunlight and drafts. Water often enough to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy.

Cyclamen
This cool weather bloomer boosts unusually shaped, colorful blossoms and variegated gray-green elliptical leaves. Depending on the variety, the blossoms may be pink, lavender, deep purple, white, or red. Cyclamen needs cool temperatures to continue blooming, so be sure to keep this plant away from heat sources and, preferably, in the coolest part of the house.

Norfolk Island Pine
A real holiday favorite with a pyramidal shape and soft, dark green needles that add an instant pop of green all year long. This slow-growing tree loves a sunny spot. During the warmer months, you can move it outdoors and place in partial sunlight. The Norfolk pine is a long-lasting houseplant that grows three to six inches annually. Water thoroughly once a week or when the soil becomes dry to touch.

Citrus
There's something so special about citrus. How can you not adore these beautiful evergreen plants with lush, bright green foliage and heavenly fragrant blooms? We love tucking these plants around our homes so we can enjoy their sweet fragrance and delicious fruits. learn more >>

Phalaeonopsis 'Moth' Orchids
Some of the least expensive and longest-blooming orchids available. In fact, one bloom spike can look great for four months or more. We love orchids paired with other holiday favorites like poinsettias and cyclamen. Orchids are surprisingly easy to grow. In the right setup at home they can be extremely low maintenance. Be sure to give them a spot in low, medium, or bright light and water weekly or every other week.

Christmas Cactus
This thorn-less member of the cactus family has flat green foliage, which blooms periodically. Blooms are tubular in shape and come in varying shades of reds, pinks, whites and yellows. This houseplant is easy to care for making them the perfect gift for those without a green thumb. Prefers bright, indirect light and, unlike most other cactus, requires light to moderate watering.

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A Holiday Tradition

BOXWOOD

Throughout Hampton Roads, Boxwoods are one of the most recognizable and widely used landscape shrubs... ideal for hedging, edging or simply grouped along landscape beds. Boxwood is easy to maintain with its compact evergreen foliage that stays green all year long. It is virtually “deer-proof” and tolerates semi-shady conditions as well as open, sunny locations and drier soils. Boxwood can be pruned or cut back most anytime of year without damaging the plant. Even with more harsh cuts, next year’s vigorous new growth will quickly fill-in any gaps. Available in a variety of foliage colors and growth habits, few shrubs match the Boxwood’s dependability and resiliency.

One of the most enjoyable holiday traditions is decorating with fresh greenery, and it’s no secret that boxwood’s versatility as a cut green is ideal for creating beautiful and durable holiday decor. The smooth, rounded leaves and flexible stems adapt easily to a variety uses for both inside and out. From swags to wreaths, to table-top centerpieces and topiaries, fresh boxwood has long been a traditional greenery for holiday decorating. So, this season look no further than your own back yard (or your neighbors – with permission of course) and instantly give your home the look and feel of Christmas with boxwood.

A Festive Glow...

STARLIGHT FICUS

Looking for a reliable and great looking houseplant? Go for the Starlight Ficus, a striking variegated form of the weeping fig that has simple glossy, green leaves ringed with a decorative white band. Just like it's green counterpart, Starlight prefers very bright indirect light making it an ideal houseplant for sunny indoor spaces. Keep evenly moist, but not wet or dry. Trim as needed. Left alone the Starlight Ficus can reach up to 6 feet tall. Remember, this easy-to-grow plant makes an ideal gift for the home, office, apartment, dorm or den!

Holiday Tip: Add a festive glow to mantels, centerpieces, tabletops and more by adding lights to your current houseplants. A plant can easily become a focal point of holiday decorating and remain after the holidays to lift the spirits all through winter.

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