Indoor plants that spread the Christmas cheer

When it comes to making your home look the part during the silly season, some indoor plants can certainly help.

Nothing beats the fun of decorating your home for the festive season. Putting up the tree, hanging the decorations, stringing the lights inside and out, but what about a little bit of living, breathing Christmas cheer?

The trick with picking plants for indoor during Christmas is to make sure they fit your theme in both colour and form, or serve a purpose. 

Here’s a selection of potted delights recommended by Adam Woodhams, Horticulturalist and Victa Ambassador, that can add some extra character to your seasonal indoor decorations:

Poinsettia

"Almost impossible to avoid at this time of year. Today’s Christmas varieties have amazing, huge bracts – those bright coloured bits aren’t leaves or petals but something halfway in-between. They are beautifully dense and crowned with deep reds, salmons or even off-white. Use small plants for place settings or a large plant as a table centrepiece."

Ornamental chillies

"This may sound an odd choice, but when you consider their neat form and often globular fruit, they look like they’ve been dressed for Christmas with natural baubles in reds, oranges, whites… even purple! Although not an indoor plant, exclusively, they will do well indoors for a few weeks across the season, just keep them in a brightly lit spot and take outdoors for a good watering."

Potted places

"When looking for festive plants for dressing the table it’s really all about the colour. Look for strong whites, reds and greens. One way you can get colour en-masse is to buy small pots of potted colour in full-bloom. Drop them into mini terracotta pots, tie a bow around and you’ll have a table overflowing with festive, living colour. No, they won’t thrive indoors forever, but they’re perfect for entertaining and you can put them outdoors in-between festivities. Once their job is done you can plant them in the garden or, better still, your guests can take them home."

Oh, Christmas tree

"One truly beautiful way to add living appeal is to use a potted Christmas tree. These are a much better environmental option then buying a cut tree as you can keep it in the pot outdoors after the season or plant it in the ground. You’ll find quality nurseries stock a range of traditional conifers groomed to shape in all sorts of sizes. Keep them watered, but not overwatered, while indoors and select a well-lit spot."

Native beauty

"Another Christmas tree option is the native lilly-pilly that’s been topiary trained into a conical form. They’ll happily live indoors for the Christmas season as long as the spot is quite bright. With their dense, glossy foliage they’ll give your tree an almost tropical edge. Once finished they’ll happily live in their pot outdoors and can be easily kept shaped ready for next year."

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