7 Surprising Facts About Winter Holiday Plants

Get in a festive mood with these surprising facts about your favorite holiday plants, like Christmas cactus, amaryllis and poinsettia.

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Poinsettias are popular at Christmastime

Poinsettias Are Popular Plants

Over 34 million poinsettias are sold each year. This makes them one of the most popular flowering potted plants in the U.S.

Christmas Trees Are a Top Crop

About 36 million Christmas trees are grown in the U.S. each year. Discover more fun facts about Christmas trees and the types of Christmas trees you can grow.

A Festive State Tree

American holly—the cheery evergreen with bountiful red berries—was named the state tree of Delaware in 1939. Can you guess the official state bird of all 50 states?

This Dwarf Christmas Tree Can Be Giant

Norfolk Island pines make charming tabletop Christmas trees. Most people know the miniature version, but in the wild the pines can reach 200 feet. Check out the top 10 dwarf conifers for small spaces.

Add Indoor Color With Amaryllis

Once an amaryllis flowers, each stalk can produce 2 to 6 blooms. Learn how to grow amaryllis.

Stop Paperwhite Flowers From Flopping

Paperwhite flowers 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. Get more tips for growing paperwhites indoors.

Why Is My Christmas Cactus Not Blooming?

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. Get more facts about Christmas cactus and learn about Thanksgiving cactus.