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Favourite Christmas Plants 2020

on Monday, 12 October 2020. Posted in Latest News

With only 75 days until Christmas day, it's time to launch  our search for the Favourite Christmas Plant.

Christmas plants 

So just like last year, we are arranging a Favourite Christmas Plant competition. Of course it will be done virtually with the help of a specially selected panel of judges. In the meantime you can have your say by emailing me to list your top three in order of preference. We need your votes by 23 October please.

As with last year, the selection of plants is all flowering ones. The judges’ choice last year was a Christmas favourite, the Poinsettia. You’ll notice we have a Poinsettia on the list again this year, but specifically a white one.

We will announce the winner during Christmas Week 9 – 14 November.

Voting
This year, with all the COVID restrictions, our judges will vote by email. You also get a chance to vote. Please send your top three choices to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 23 October 2020.

The list of plants
Here’s the important information, which plants are in the running for the title? Here’s our list of six Christmassy plants.

Poinsettia

Poinsettia was last year’s winner but we had to include it again, albeit with a small twist. This year we’d like to concentrate of white Poinsettia. We hope you like the choice.

Poinsettia 2

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are popular potted plants, particularly during the Christmas season. Originally from Mexico, their brightly coloured bracts or in this case,
crisp and clean white bracts make them a good choice for Christmas.

Poinsettia 1

Things to know: Very sensitive to the cold and draughts.

Images courtesy of Christmas-star.info

Paper Whites (Narcissi papyraceus)

Paperwhites (Narcissus papyraceus) can be grown in soil or water and pebbles. They like the autumn sun so keep them in a light preferably sunny place. Pots stacked full of them or glass vases, also packed, for the water and pebble versions, will make a great display using several of the same.

Paper whites 2

Narrow glass vases will keep your paper whites straight or in pots, use decorative twigs as ‘stakes’. Their delicate perfume is another plus.

Paper whites 4  Paperwhite baubles

Winter or Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum)

The ‘cherries’ on this plant are not edible but they do look bright and cheerful amongst the green foliage and will look great as part of a Christmas display.
It’s happiest in shadier spaces with regular watering.

  Solanium 2

Winter cherry

Christmas Rose (Hellebore niger)

Hellebores are essentially an outdoor plant that flower from December through the spring regardless of bad weather. The Christmas Rose or Hellebore Niger is no different. Using them as an indoor plant especially at Christmas time is fine as long as you remember a couple of things: it likes the light but not the heat inside most homes.

Christmas rose and stars

So it is fine to use as part of your Christmas decorations when you have guests as long as you keep it in a cool, well lit spot the rest of the time i.e. an enclosed porch or a drafty hallway!

Christmas rose and fir cone

Water sparingly but don’t let it dry out. After the Christmas period you can slowly acclimatise it to life outside.

 

Anthurium in glorious red or two colour bracts

Anthurium plants produce many beautiful blooms and need to be watered sparingly and kept out of direct sunlight for best results.

Anthurium office desk

They make a great reception desk addition for the Christmas period. Or a plant for an individual desk at home or in the workplace; in the boardroom or repetitive grouping.

Anthurium Board room

Anthurium repetative grouping

Images courtesy of anthurium.info


Phalaenopsis orchids in red and white

Orchids still feel exotic even though they are in plentiful supply and are easy to care for. There are many different species but we are sticking to the most popular, Phalaenopsis for our Christmas choice.

Purity

We’re also selecting white or red orchids for the Christmas season. Pure white orchids are easy to find but red Phalaenopsis are a little more difficult – although there are other species of orchid that often appear in red (Miltonia, Cambria).

Desk orchid

Caring for orchids is relatively easy: they like a light place but not direct sunlight or too close to central heating. They don’t like wet feet either so be sure they are drained well after watering.

White phalaenopsis 2

Red green orchid

Images courtesy of orchidsinfo.eu

All other images courtesy of Pinterest