A great classic of the period: its bracts (red, but also pink or white …) are capable, on their own, to bring the Christmas atmosphere at home. It can be used to embellish a living room or an entrance hall or become the focal point of a composition, to be used perhaps as a centerpiece. When making your choice, take a good look at the leaves: they must be abundant and healthy.
It is also important to evaluate how they were kept at the point of sale: if the soil is soaked it will soon undergo radical rottenness. Once at home, keep the specimen in a very bright area with constant temperatures, around 17 ° C. To keep it as much as possible it is important to water only when necessary: the substratum should be only slightly moist. Let’s avoid using the saucer as much as possible.
- Those who love DIY can easily make DIY Christmas flowers, beautiful and decorative just like the real ones. Take, for example, the Christmas stars: you can create your own Christmas stars.
A beautiful spontaneous perennial even in our woods. Those that we find on the market during the Christmas period have been slightly forced: in nature they bloom later. If well cared for, they can be maintained also for the future years, gradually resuming their cycle.
It is important to decant it immediately in a wide and deep container, adding in equal measure woodland and field soil, disturbing the roots as little as possible; let’s position it in a bright area (it can bear direct light well in winter) and let’s avoid temperatures that are too high (at most 15°C). If we have a balcony we can move it outside gradually, first in the middle hours of the day, then all day and finally at night.
We water only when necessary to prevent the ground from drying out completely. In summer it wants filtered light.
One of the most beautiful indoor plants: if well placed, it grows vigorously and, thanks to its scarlet spathe, white or pink, is exceptionally decorative. In order to keep it at its best, we shall place it in a poorly luminous room, where high and constant temperatures (above the 20°C), as well as a good level of humidity, are guaranteed. Usually it fits perfectly in closed bathrooms. For repotting we use an orchid substrate, rich, but soft and aerated, with a slightly acidic pH.
Let’s irrigate by immersion, only when the soil is dry, preferring demineralized water. It is also important to spray the foliage and aerial roots several times a day. During the summer it likes fortnightly fertilizations with a product for flowering plants.
This bulbosa reaches its peak during the Christmas period. The large bell-shaped flowers, in shades from red to white, are very decorative and the plant in general is simple enough to maintain, year after year. In order to keep the plant decorative for as long as possible, it is best to place the pot in a bright, but not excessively warm, room at 15 °C.
In order to allow a normal vegetative cycle, we shall have to irrigate until the complete growth of the leaves (after the withering of the stem), then suspend and induce the rest. The resumption will take place in November: excellent results are obtained by exposing the pot to intense light, but not direct light, and temperatures above 20°C. As a substrate we recommend a mixture of soil for acidophilic, soil leaves and sand.
5 Plants to give away for Christmas: Christmas cacti
Schlumbergera truncata is an epiphytic cacti from Brazil. It is very appreciated for its drooping stems that lead to the apex of the largest and most colorful flowers right at Christmas time. Beautiful in a pot, it gives its best when grown in hanging baskets that allow you to admire it from below.
He wants a very bright exposure, but direct light should be avoided (especially in summer). During the summer season it should be kept outside, then withdrawn towards November and choosing a room not too heated (ideally around 15 ° C). The ideal substrate is composed of flowering soil mixed with coarse sand and gravel. Watering should be moderate: a little more abundant in summer, leaving soil slightly moist, and almost suspended in winter. Let’s fertilize monthly.
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