Seasonal Favorites for Christmas Cheer
Of course, there’s the Christmas tree; that’s almost archetypical of Christmas. In fact, many young children first think of any naturally growing conifer as a “Christmas tree”.
So here we’ll explore at least one specific type of conifer associated with Christmas; after all, how can you have an article about Christmas plants and flowers without mentioning the Christmas tree?
That said, there are also some floral arrangements that we all see, and don’t always recognize—we’ll talk about them as well. Following are some familiar and unfamiliar plants that are as core to Christmas as Santa Clause and sugar plums.
We all know and love mistletoe; that red and green berry hung in doorways as an invitation for romantic attention. If she’s standing under the mistletoe, the tradition is, she’s waiting for a kiss. So you kiss her under the mistletoe while the snow falls and the Christmas carols reverberate in the peaceful snow-bright night.
Finding authentic mistletoe is definitely something to help maximize the Christmas spirit. Who knows, maybe this year’s best gift will be the start of a romance.
Poinsettias bloom during the Christmas holiday, traditionally. This makes them a perfect addition to your seasonal décor. If you are looking to acquire some, you’ll want to assure proper amounts of light so they bloom in season. Indoor poinsettias respond to indoor lighting, which doesn’t mirror seasonal transition. You can read more about that here.
Orchids have a lot of relevance during Christmas, though they’re also quite appropriate for other occasions. Still, white orchids have quite a level of Christmas aesthetic about them, so they’re commonly used during this time of year.
The thing about orchids is, they can be a little pricey. However, if you shop deals like the following site, which featuresaffordable flowers and plants, you can get more for less. Saving in one area allows you to spend in another—you can buy more presents!
Like poinsettias, amaryllis flowers have a green and red contrast defining them which tends to fit in perfectly with traditional Christmas décor. This is one of the least recognized and often used plants during Christmas. However, it’s easy to grow indoors and tends to flourish there, retaining bloom even during the winter months
- Norfolk Island Pine
The Norfolk Island Pine is a plant that lasts a long time and has an exotic quality. These small conifers come from the South Pacific, meaning their best chance at success is as an indoor location.
Norfolk Island Pines are often used on tables, larger options can very literally be Christmas trees. That said, it’s not a pine, it has a different sort of makeup defining its various branches. Try to use Christmas ornaments that won’t weigh it down.
An indoor Norfolk Island Pine maintained year-round can be moved to or from the traditional area where you celebrate during Christmas. Leave it there all year, and merely decorate during the holidays, or move the plant elsewhere when the season changes. Either way, it could be a better option than either a chopped-down Christmas tree, or a synthetic one.
Synthetic trees break, you have to store them, and they’re quite a chore to set up and take down. Meanwhile, trees chopped down from the forest or bought on a lot get old, dry out, and shed needles everywhere. With the Norfolk Island Pine, you get a Christmas tree that is easy to move around, requires minimal setup, and causes less mess.
A family room with a Norfolk Island Pine, some amaryllis flowers, a few decoratively placed orchids and poinsettias, and mistletoe at the entry is ideal for holiday cheer.