University of Maryland Extension

Holiday Plant Care

Holiday Plant Care

Poinsettias, Amaryllis, and Christmas Cacti, are just a few of the gift plants you may receive or even purchase to give to a friend.

On this page you will find tips, information and links to help you care for holiday gift plants. Pass along our website with those plants you gift!

There are three different varieties and many hybrids of Holiday Cacti. Their specific names are associated with the time of year at which they bloom. If given proper care these plants are very long-lived.

Your Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter Cactus requires excellent drainage. Place plants near a window with indirect light. Keep moist during flowering and growth, at other times, allow to dry between waterings. The cacti will do well when placed away from drafts from heat vents, fireplaces or other sources of warm air.

Plants may be placed outside during the summer in part shade.  Bring inside when the weather cools. Flower buds will form only after the plants are exposed to short days and cool nights for a month or so.

A quick note about those live Tabletop trees. Many of these trees are greenhouse grown and have probably lost their winter hardiness. If you are interested in keeping and planting this tree outside you may have to wait until spring to plant it outside.  Also check the label on the tree it will provide useful information about its cultural needs. Ultimately it may need to go on to your compost pile after the holidays. This factsheet is informative about caring for those very small evergreens. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/xmas/ctnotes/ctn028.html

Here are some links to other Extension website and/or factsheets about a variety of holiday gift plants.

Rosemary Care Indoors: http://extension.umd.edu/learn/rosemary-care-indoors

 

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