The Do’s and Don’ts of Christmas Houseplants [AUDIO]

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By Kari Eakins – 4 Nov ’14

The holiday season offers no shortage of options when it comes to adding some foliage to your decorations. Shane Smith, the executive director of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, offered his advice on everything from which traditional Christmas plants are poisonous to how to avoid the Griswold approach to stringing up lights.

Shane Smith on Cheyenne Today:

Shane’s Tidbits:

  • Poinsettias are a safe plant to ingest, although some people may have an allergic reaction and they can be quite bitter. Poisonous Christmas plants to look out for include amaryllis and mistletoe.
  • All houseplants will generally require less watering during the wintertime, unless they are near a south window, which will receive direct sunlight throughout the season.
  • Light pruning of evergreens is a great way to provide some extra materials for decorating, but make sure no major damage is done.
  • The maximum wattage to plug into any outlet is 210. LED lights will have much lower wattage than a traditional incandescent light.