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Five top tips – Christmas plants

Florist and gardener Shilpa Reddy shares top tips for growing Christmas plants

Shilpa Reddy
Shilpa Reddy

My favourite thing about growing Christmas plants is that when the festive period arrives, you can take cuttings and create your own beautiful decorations and wreaths for your home or as gifts for friends and family. I do this every year and love the aroma and scents that infuse my house at Christmas time. I find that plants with berries and bright colours, like holly and mistletoe, dressed up with a simple ribbon, work really well with pine cones, dried fruit and other evergreen plants.


Dry plants for decorations

Wreath using pine cones
Wreath using pine cones

Use plants that dry out well or are already dried, like pine cones, to make a long-lasting wreath. There’s nothing worse than creating a beautiful wreath to impress your guests, only to see the plants wither and die before the big day. I recommend drying the plants two to three weeks before you make the wreath.

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