Banish the Post-Christmas Blues With a House Plant

Banish the Post-Christmas Blues With a House Plant

If there’s an empty space in your home after the Christmas tree comes down, don’t be despondent. Instead, fill the gap with a beautiful houseplant that will look good all year round. Here are a few of our favourite houseplants, with tips on how to take care of them. Please take a look at our list of big houseplants that substitute the Christmas tree.

1. Zamioculcas

Also known as the ZZ plant, Zamioculcas has a great contemporary look, like a giant fern with glossy green foliage. It does best in bright but indirect light, with afternoon shade. 

Plant it in compost with added horticultural grit to improve drainage, and let the surface of the compost dry out between waterings. Water sparingly in winter, as the roots are prone to rotting in cold, wet soil, and never let the pot sit in water. Feed monthly with a portion of balanced liquid food.

2. Christmas cactus 

The best thing about Christmas cactuses (Schlumbergera) is the exotic-looking, colourful flowers that appear in December, so it’s very frustrating if they refuse to flower. The secret to getting your Christmas cactus to flower at Christmas is to let it rest twice a year, once after Christmas and again in September.

Once the Christmas flowers have finished, move the plant to a cool room and reduce watering. In April, move it back into a brighter, warmer space, water regularly and feed monthly. Move it back into the cool in September and reduce watering until buds form, then put it in pride of place where you can enjoy the flowers.

3. Peace lily 

For rooms that don’t get much direct light, a peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is the perfect houseplant. With big, glossy green leaves and the occasional hooded white flower, they look elegant and stylish wherever they are. 

Peace lilies prefer a warm, humid, semi-shaded environment. To increase humidity around the plant, stand it on a tray filled with pebbles and keep the tray topped up with water. Mist the leaves of your peace lily regularly and wipe them occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust. Water when the surface of the compost is dry. Peace lilies normally flower in spring, producing one or two flowers that last for several weeks. 

4. Areca palm

Tall and elegant, with arching feathery fronds, areca palms add a tropical feel to the home. Like most other houseplants, they prefer bright but indirect light, and the leaves will turn yellow if they get too much direct sun. 

Areca palms need to be watered regularly but not overwatered. To make this easier, plant them in a well-drained potting compost, and stand the pot on a tray filled with pebbles so that the pot is never standing in water.  Water regularly, so that the compost stays just moist, and mist frequently. Water less often in winter.

Start the New Year on a positive note with a new plant for your home. You’ll find a fantastic range of beautiful indoor plants in our centre, so visit us soon!

You might also be interested in:

The variety of indoor plants is endless and beautiful

Step into the enchanting realm of indoor plants, where the variety is not just abundant but also stunningly beautiful. From lush foliage to vibrant blooms, each plant brings its unique charm, turning our homes into thriving green havens. In this exploration, we'll revel in the endless variety of leaves, the captivating beauty of flowers, and the special properties that make indoor plants not only visually appealing but also fascinating contributors to our living spa...

Recognize and prevent pests on indoor plants

In the tranquil realm of indoor plants, a hidden threat can occasionally lurk – pests that have the potential to disrupt the harmonious greenery of our homes. As caretakers of these botanical companions, it's crucial to arm ourselves with knowledge on recognising and preventing pests. In this guide, we'll explore common culprits, understand the signs of infestation, and delve into effective strategies to keep our indoor plants thriving, pest-free, and vibrant.

<...
Cutting houseplants - Is it really necessary?

In the world of indoor gardening, the topic of cutting or pruning houseplants often raises questions and uncertainties. Do our leafy companions truly benefit from the occasional trim, or is it an unnecessary intervention? In this exploration, we'll unravel the mysteries surrounding cutting houseplants, understanding the reasons behind this practice and discovering the potential benefits it can bring to the health and aesthetics of our indoor greenery.


Room design with indoor plants for a green jungle

Transforming your living space into a lush green jungle is not just a design choice; it's a commitment to infusing vitality and tranquillity into your home. In this guide, we'll embark on a journey to create a botanical haven within your four walls. From selecting the right plants to arranging them in harmonious clusters, let's explore how room design with indoor plants can turn your home into a vibrant and refreshing oasis.


Sign up to our newsletter!

Sign up to receive our special offers!

Click here to sign up!