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Often given as gifts to help dispel winter dullness, Christmas-flowering houseplants offer their best displays when kept in the right conditions. Whether you are the owner of a poinsettia, cyclamen, azalea, jasmine or gardenia, providing suitable temperatures, humidity levels and care means you can impress your friends into the New Year with the health of the plant they gave you.
Suprisingly, houses can be challenging places for houseplants. Central heating is very drying to plants that, more often than not, come from humid, tropical parts of the world. There are several ways in which you can make your home a haven for houseplants.
Good houseplant care is needed to get the most from your Christmas-flowering plants, but in particular;
Azalea (Rhododendron simsii cultivars)
Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum hybrids)
Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)
Poinsettia, gardenia and orchids, such as Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis are all ideal for warm rooms. Orchids such as Cymbidium will also tolerate cooler positions out of full sun in a north- or east-facing room.
A number of bulbs give excellent colour indoors, including Hippeastrum and bulbs for christmas flowering.
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