Flowers + Plants 101

All About Holiday Plants

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The holidays are quickly approaching. It’s time to start finding gifts, decorating, and even perhaps bringing an evergreen tree into your home. If you take a step back and think about it, it is amazing how many of our holiday traditions revolve around plants.

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Holiday plants stretch back to antiquity! They were used in celebrations long before Christianity became the dominant religion. If you are curious about plant history, the holidays, and how you can incorporate holiday plants into your celebration this year, keep reading. This article is for you.

When you are done reading this article, head over to our Flower Shop. We have a variety of holiday bouquets and live plants available for purchase. You can even find flower subscriptions that will make an ideal gift for that special person in your life.

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What are Holiday Plants?

Holiday plants are really just any plant that is used during the holiday season. You can make a holiday plant from a variety of flowers. But, there are a few plants that are more associated with the holiday season.

Holiday plants are often the only ones that are still alive during the winter months. Yes, that is a little bit morbid. However, it is a well-known fact that most flowers and plants die off in the winter. Thus, the popularity of evergreen plants during the holidays is explained! They are some of the only plants that still have leaves and are green.

We will get into the history of some of the most popular holiday plants below. But, here is a quick overview of the top holiday plants.

1) Amaryllis

Amaryllis are extremely impressive flowers. They work well as the centerpiece in arrangements because they are so tall. Amaryllis are native to Australia and West Africa. There are many different types of Amaryllis, but the most common has a large red flower. What better color is there for a beautiful holiday bouquet?

Even though Amaryllis is a tropical flower, it is known for blooming in the winter. It actually blooms between November and April. While it will not survive winters above zone 9, that still makes it one of the few flowers to blooms over the holidays. No wonder it is such a popular holiday flower.

2) Evergreens

There is no way to talk about holiday plants without mentioning evergreens. We’ve lumped all of the evergreen plants into one category here because if we were to discuss each individually this article would be 5000 words long. Some of the most common evergreens are:

  • Pines
  • Firs (like the Douglas fir)
  • Spruces
  • Holly
  • Cypress
  • English Yew
  • Juniper

Each of the evergreens listed above is quite distinct from one another. However, they are united in the fact that their green needles do not change color in cooler weather. They are green all year round, hence the name evergreen.

Evergreens have been popular during the winter for centuries. They are one of the few plants to remain green when it is very cold out. Whether it is a Christmas tree or a sprig of holly, holiday decorating has to include evergreen plants.

3) Holly and Ivy

There is a Christmas song called “The Holly and the Ivy” for a reason. Holly and Ivy are both common plants to see at holiday time.

Holly is an evergreen tree and shrub. They are many types of holly. In addition to the green limbs of the holly, it also has red berries in the wintertime. The red and green plant makes a great holiday decoration. It includes the colors of the holidays and stays nice looking for a long time.

Ivy is a climbing evergreen plant. It can often be seen trailing along paths or up on the outside of houses. Ivy makes a wonderful natural garland. Because it too is an evergreen plant, it adds some much-needed color to your holiday decorations.

4) Mistletoe

Mistletoe is known as the holiday plant most associated with love. Most of us have kissed a loved one under the mistletoe—or at least seen this tradition in action in the movies.

Mistletoe is actually a hemiparasitic plant. It attaches itself to a shrub or tree and then extracts water and nutrients from the host. This is also an evergreen plant. The main species of mistletoe, Viscum album, is the only species native to the British Isles. You will also find this species of mistletoe in Europe. Viscum album is the type that is hung in homes during the holidays.

5) Poinsettia

And, finally, no list of the top holiday plants would be complete with mentioning poinsettia. Poinsettias are THE classic holiday flower. We offer a wide variety of poinsettia arrangements for the holidays. Consider this, this, this, and this one.

Poinsettias are originally from Mexico. They were not popular in the United States until the 19th century. However, since that time they have been integrally linked with Christmas. The shape of the flower is said to recall the shape of the star of Bethlehem.

A Short History of Holiday Plants

Now that you know a little bit more about the common holiday plants, here is a brief history of the use of plants during holidays.

The practice of including plants in holiday celebrations occurs even before the rise of Christianity. In Europe, pagan cultures would put fir trees as decorations in their homes in winter. In ancient Rome, evergreen plants would be placed at the temples of the gods during the Saturnalia festival. Ancient Egyptians as well used evergreens (palm rushes) to worship their supreme god, Ra.

Mistletoe also has non-Christian beginnings. Its use and lore begin with Norse mythology. You can read about the legend. But suffice it to say that mistletoe became an important plant because of this myth. It is where the beginning of the tradition of hanging mistletoe over doorways began. Early Christians took this tradition because many believed that mistletoe would bring luck to their homes. They began using it in their Christmas holidays for this reason.

Holly and ivy were also seen as having magical properties by ancient humans. In Europe, holly was used as a winter solstice decoration. The Romans used ivy as a symbol of Bacchus, the god of festivity and wine.

Clearly, all of the plants that we associate with the holiday season have a long history. It is extremely interesting how traditions that started in such varied cultures were combined to create our holiday plants of today. When you purchase one of our holiday arrangements or plants or even give the gift of a holiday flower subscription, you are participating in a tradition that goes back generations. Add some history to your gifts and décor this year by ordering from us at BloomsyBox.

You can use plants in a variety of ways during the holidays. Plants make great holiday decorations. From centerpieces to garlands to wreaths and Christmas trees, you can’t go anywhere without running into a plant at holiday time. Science has even proven that it is good for our mental health to have flowers and plants around us. In such a stressful time as the holidays, it is no wonder that we love to bring plants into our home. You can find some holiday plant decorating ideas in this article from Chowhound.

Who Are Holiday Plants For?

Plants have been used to celebrate the winter holidays for thousands of years. But, you may be wondering how they are used and who they are for in modern times.

Let’s start by answering how holiday plants are used. You can use plants in a variety of ways during the holidays. Plants make great holiday decorations. From centerpieces to garlands to wreaths and Christmas trees, you can’t go anywhere without running into a plant at holiday time. Science has even proven that it is good for our mental health to have flowers and plants around us. In such a stressful time as the holidays, it is no wonder that we love to bring plants into our home. You can find some holiday plant decorating ideas in this article from Chowhound.

Holiday plants can be used in any situation; they are also for everyone. Any person can enjoy holiday plants. You don’t have to just choose the plants listed above. We offer a variety of holiday-themed bouquets for you to enjoy. Some have traditional holiday plants like poinsettias, but others use roses, calla lilies, or even dried berries. No matter what type of holiday plants you prefer, we have the best option for you.

Holiday Plants As Gifts

Now we’re ready to talk about making holiday plants a gift. As we mentioned above, anyone can enjoy plants and flowers during the holidays. This is a wonderful time of year to bring color and beauty into your home. It is likely that the outdoors does not have the brightness it did in the summer and fall—especially if you live in a cold climate. Bright and cheerful holiday plants can lighten your mood during these dreary winter months.

But, holiday plants do not just make good decorations. They are also a wonderful gift. And there is no better time for gift-giving than the holiday season.

We discuss how to give flowers and plants as gifts a lot. Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day are two of the holidays most associated with flower gift-giving. But, Christmas and Hanukah both lend themselves to plant gifts.

Holiday Plant Gift Ideas

If you are interested in giving a flower or plant gift this holiday season, feel free to take inspiration from the list below:

  • Flower Subscriptions from BloomsyBox.

We’ve mentioned our flower subscriptions many times throughout this article, so let’s talk about them in a little more detail now. At BloomsyBox, we offer a variety of flower subscriptions. You can choose from monthly, weekly, and bi-weekly plans.

Our flower subscriptions make ideal holiday gifts. Instead of just one bouquet that will wither after a few weeks, a flower subscription will keep your loved one rolling in flowers for months. They will love our specially curated bouquets, unique shipping box, and specialized care instructions. We make keeping beautiful flowers easy.

  • A beautiful holiday-themed bouquet.

If a flower subscription is not the right gift for you, then consider a holiday-themed bouquet. We offer a variety in our Flower Shop. These come in a variety of color-schemes and styles. We also offer non-holiday specific bouquets as well.

When you order from us at BloomsyBox, you can rest assured that you will be receiving only the best product. Our farm-to-table flowers ship directly from the flower farm to your door. We cut out the middleman, so your flowers arrive as fresh and intact as possible. Our bouquets are guaranteed to be longer-lasting than the competition.

If you want to put together your own flower arrangement, we can help there as well. We offer Wholesale flowers of many types. Pick out the flowers and fillers you want, and you can put together a unique arrangement of your very own. DIY flower arrangements make unique gifts that can speak directly to that special person in your life.

  • Live plants.

Finally, you may want to consider gifting someone a live plant. You can pick up live plant gifts from a variety of sources. We offer some in our Flower Shop. Many florists, stores, and online greenhouses offer unique plant gifts around the holidays.

Just make sure to order your holiday plant gift from a reputable online company. If the company is less-than-stellar your live plant could arrive broken, dead, or severely damaged.

The best online sellers, like us here at BloomsyBox, ship live plants properly and safely. When you order a live plant gift like the Tropical Holiday planter from us, you know that it will arrive alive and on-time. Because of the current COVID-19 crises, we have even stopped requiring signatures for our plants upon delivery. This protects both you and the delivery person.

The holidays are coming up extremely fast. Don’t get caught off-guard. Use the plants mentioned in this article to spruce up your home this holiday season. Plants and flowers also make a great holiday gift. Now thanks to this article, your holiday shopping is complete. You’re welcome.

Contact us at BloomsyBox with any questions or concerns. And, have a happy holiday season!

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