7 Surprising Facts About Winter Holiday Plants
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Get in a festive mood with these facts about your favorite holiday plants.
- Over 34 million poinsettias are sold each year. This makes them one of the most popular flowering potted plants in the U.S.
- About 36 million Christmas trees are grown in the U.S. each year.
- American holly—the cheery evergreen with bountiful red berries—was named the state tree of Delaware in 1939.
- Norfolk Island pines make charming tabletop Christmas trees. Most people know the miniature version, but in the wild the pines can reach 200 feet.
- Once an amaryllis flowers, each stalk can produce 2 to 6 blooms.
- Paperwhites look and smell lovely, but often grow too tall and flop over. Curb their climb by watering with a 5% alcohol solution. They’ll be shorter but just as pretty.
- Christmas cacti are attractive but very picky. To get them to bloom, provide them with cool nights (55 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit) and 14 hours of darkness.
Originally Published: December 20, 2017