The holidays are here, and whether you’re decking the halls or looking for that perfect gift, you can’t go wrong with plants! A bright Christmas cactus is sure to add a festive element to any home or business, while a delicate orchid is a unique gift that can be enjoyed beyond the holiday season. Check out our top 5 plants of the season below!
1. Christmas Cactus – Originating from the rainforests of South America, this long-lasting succulent features unique, glossy leaves and vibrant blooms in red, white, pink, or yellow. The festive color makes it a great alternative to more traditional holiday plants, like poinsettias. There are other types of holiday cacti, though, so make sure you know what you’re getting! Christmas cacti have leaves with scalloped edges, and the anthers are pink or dark purple. On the other hand, Thanksgiving cacti have serrated, pointy leaves, tubular blooms, and yellow anthers. The blooms on an Easter cactus resemble a star, and small bristles are found on the leaves. With the right care, you can enjoy holiday cacti year after year.
2. Orchid – For a look that is simple and elegant, an Orchid is an excellent choice. This tropical plant requires little maintenance and produces large, striking blooms that come in a variety of colors and can last for several months. Orchids are one of the most diverse flowering plants, coming in over 20,000 varieties!
3. ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, otherwise known as “ZZ plant,” has grown in popularity recently for good reason. The dark green, glossy leaves add vibrancy and warmth while also purifying the surrounding air of numerous toxins. ZZ plant doesn’t require much light and only needs watering every few weeks, making it ideal for the busy holiday season.*
4. Monstera – If you’re looking for a statement piece, look no further than Monstera. Large, shiny leaves are divided by long slits and dotted with holes, creating a bold look that has many referring to Monstera as “Swiss cheese plant.” Indirect sunlight and weekly watering will keep this plant happy, but be sure to give it plenty of space. Monsteras grow fast and large.*
5. Virginia Blue Rabbit’s Foot Fern – While it requires more frequent watering, we think this fern makes a great addition to any space. Long fronds with a blue-green hue create a look that is lively and bright, while orange rhizomes resembling – you guessed it – a rabbit’s foot, appear on top of the soil. Native to Central America, this plant requires weekly watering (or more) and does best in full to partial shade.
*Take care! This plant is poisonous if ingested and is best kept away from children and pets.