MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Susie Bachman from Bachman’s Floral & Garden Center shared this advice on caring for your holiday plants.

When picking out a poinsettia, look for lots of dark green foliage, even down low on the plant. Choose a plant with lots of color and pay close attention to the tiny yellow flowers in the center of the colored leaves. The smaller and brighter those flowers are, the longer it will last.

Poinsettias prefer bright natural daylight, but not direct sunlight.

Water the plant when dry to the touch and water it thoroughly.

For a holiday cactus, make sure the plant has lots of buds and the flowers should be at various stages. The leaves should be dark green and firm. The holiday cactus needs bright light. You don’t want to over water and you will want to keep it in a cool location.

An amaryllis needs warm soil to get started. Susie recommends using rich, well-drained soil. Keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet. It will grow in bright, indirect light. You’ll want to remove the flower stalks after the blooms fade.

Norfolk pines like cooler temperatures between 50-60 degrees. The plants prefer indirect light. Bachman suggests keeping the soil on the dry side and be sure not to over water.


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