Top 5 Christmas Houseplants

It may be grey and miserable outside, but Christmas indoors should be filled with colour. Bringing the garden into the house keeps you in touch with nature. So here’s five great festive plants to brighten up your home.


This is perhaps the houseplant most associated with Christmas. Its rich red star shapes are often mistaken for flowers. But look closely – they are bracts! Their bright colour is to attract insects to the small flowers that lie in the middle.

Poinsettia are easier to grow than many people think. Shield the foliage from harsh winter winds as you take the plant home and keep it warm but not hot. Allow the compost to dry out between watering and then give it a good soak with warm water.

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Cyclamen are lovely upright plants with swept-back flowers sitting above a cloud of leaves. They come in a huge range of colours like pinks, reds and white.  Many varieties have have silvery or patterned foliage and a sweet scent.

Grow them in a bright spot away from hot sunlight and radiators. Allow the compost to dry a little before watering again. Do not over watering cyclamen.



They are such cheerful plants. Azaleas also make great gifts and come in pink, red and soft white.

Christmas azaleas need a cool spot away from direct sunlight. It’s also very important to keep the compost moist, the plant will wilt and die if it dries out.

Did you know? you can give them a drink of cold tea (without milk, obviously). The tannins and slight acidity help support the plant’s growth.


Orchids are one of the most popular houseplants and can be really showy-looking. Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) are great all-rounders, or try the Christmas-flowering cymbidium.

Cymbidium needs a slightly cooler temperature than other winter houseplants, so keep it away from heat sources. Choose a bright spot and water once every one to two weeks.


Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus is a truly stunning plant. It’s a great cactus to try if you don’t like the little spiky barrel varieties. It’s large-growing and flowers at least once a year, with magnificent colour.

The Christmas cactus comes from Brazil and prefers a semi-shaded spot. It’s ideal for humid environments like kitchens and bathrooms. Or place the pot on a tray filled with gravel and add water until it almost touches the base of the pot. Keep it topped up for a striking display.

Woodbank Nurseries Increase Car Park Space

Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre, Bingley increase Car Parking Space for Christmas 2014

After the huge success of Santa Land at Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre Christmas 2013, we felt the need to make a significant investment in order to expand parking capacity ahead of Christmas 2014.

Santa Land was the first time we’d ever opened a Santa’s Grotto since we opened the Garden Centre in 1985.

Although we expected to be busy, we couldn’t have been more delighted as thousands turned out to see our Busby’s of Bradford inspired Santa’s Grotto over the Christmas period of 2013.

With parking overflowing into nearby streets we had to do something to cater for more visitors in 2014.

In May 2014 we began the excavation and ground work for the new parking space at our growing Garden centre based in Harden, Bingley.

Completed in September 2014, we now have the extra parking space needed for a very special Christmas in 2014.


New SnowZone Alpine Village & Market

Christmas 2014 also sees the opening of our all new Alpine Village named the SnowZone… Another big investment for Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre but after the roaring success of last year, we really felt we needed to up the anti and deliver an even better Christmas experience for our loyal customers. We will continue to invest in Christmas, with the aim of making Woodbank Nurseries & Garden Centre the best Santa’s Grotto in Bradford.

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