I love the look of a fresh, green wreath hanging on my door, or a pretty poinsettia on my table, but I am-to put it lightly-a destroyer of plants. Luckily, Real Simple has put together a guide for caring for all of your holiday greenery, from amaryllis flowers to Christmas trees.
The link below will fully explain how to avoid killing a whole variety of festive plants, but we’ll hit the major players here:
- Wreaths and Garland: To get the longest (and greenest) display time out of your Christmas greenery, garden lifestyle expert Carmen Johnston recommends soaking them in a bucket of water the night before you hang them, and spritzing with water every couple of days.
- Poinsettia: This Christmas mainstay hates being cold or soggy, but it does need to be watered daily. To keep this vibrant plant looking its best, keep it above 40 degrees Fahrenheit and make sure excess water has a place to drain out.
- Potted Christmas Trees: These are pretty easy to keep alive, though you’ll need to enlist the help of another green thing. To keep your potted evergreen well-hydrated, Johnston recommends placing a metal galvanized water pan under the pot and decorating it with moss. Fill the pan filled with water and check the soil daily to make sure it doesn’t get too dry.
As someone who has killed three air plants this year alone-in my defense, they don’t make any noise-I find all of this information very useful. In fact, being armed with this know-how has made me feel quite bold, bold enough to buy that poinsettia I’ve been eyeing since the beginning of this month.
How to Care for Your Holiday Plants and Flowers | Real Simple
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