How to Protect Plants in Your Holiday Decorations

How to Protect Plants in Your Holiday Decorations

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When the days are at their shortest and it's frigid outside, a houseplant can be a saving grace, transforming a cold, sterile-feeling room into a welcoming space full of life, and offering a literal breath of fresh air. During the winter holiday season, several plants are often the show's stars.
Christmas Tree
Pines, firs, and cedars work well indoors because they dry out slowly and hold their needles best at warm interior temperatures. They may last for several weeks if properly treated and cared for. For example, spraying holiday greenery with an anti-transpirant will help preserve it. Anti-transpirants reduce the amount of transpiration, or water loss from plant leaves, and are available from garden centers, and hardware stores and can sometimes be found at Christmas tree lots. Hemlock, spruces, and most broadleaf evergreens will last longer outdoors.
Poinsettias
The plant is native to countries in Central and South America. With their bright red leaves, they add color to any holiday decorations. Many people buy them for the holidays, but then throw them away afterward. But you can actually keep them around a little longer.
When you first bring them home, try to protect the plants from cold air. If you live in a cold climate, consider warming the car before transporting them. Once home, you should keep them away from cold doorways or windows. Place them where daytime temperatures are between 18-23 degrees Celsius.
Water the whole container whenever the surface turns dry. But the plant itself should never sit in water. Make sure water can escape from the bottom.
Florida-anise tree (Illicium floridanum)
This often under-appreciated shrub is great when used as a holiday decoration because of its aromatic foliage. The plant’s unusual greenery may need a little more care to remain fresh, so it is helpful to provide moisture to the stems after cutting to keep them looking their best.
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