I love houseplants. I’m becoming slowly obsessed and I really want to be a great plant mum. However, I cannot keep them alive. I forget to water them, or I overwater them, I really struggle with the whole thing. Plant love isn’t just me though because festive foliage is on the rise, with our love for houseplants showing no signs of slowing down at Christmas.
Not your average garden centre, the new Christmas houseplant collection at Dobbies is a must-have addition for any indoor garden this December. As we dress homes to impress, add some stylish greenery to any room, from show-stopping centrepieces for decorative dining, to a sleek and contemporary statement orchid.
Whether you are still looking for the perfect gift for loved ones or opting to complement your Christmas tree, the versatile range has something for everyone.
Claire Bishop, Houseplant Buyer, at Dobbies said: “If you’re working from home, a festive houseplant is a lovely addition to give your desk a touch of stylish Christmas cheer. For those that like to step outside the traditional box, an ornamental pineapple plant is just the answer. Easy to look after, it brings a burst of tropical joy to any room for an eye-catching display – it’s definitely one of my favourites in the range!”
Claire has given us her top tips for which plants to pick:
– Pineapple plant (Ananas) – A member of the Bromeliad family, the Ananas will sit most happily on a sunny windowsill and needs little care with year-round foliage.
– Norfolk Pine (Araucaria Heterophylla) – The houseplant that looks like a mini Christmas tree! This plant is the perfect gift for a crafty friend or as an eco-alternative which you can keep all-year-round, as it can go outside through the summer months then bring back in at Christmas each year. Simply decorate with a set of warm white lights for a twinkling tabletop tree.
– Phalaenopsis Orchid – For orchid lovers, the ‘Moth Orchid’ or Phalaenopsis is the gift that keeps on giving. The charming flowers can appear as often as three times a year and generally last around three months. This orchid’s ability to thrive in centrally heated rooms makes it a particularly practical Christmas present. Just make sure it enjoys a night-time temperature of at least 14ºC.
What extra festive foliage are you going for this year? I think I’ll be sticking with my artificial tree for now… or maybe I’ll get a pineapple.