Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Whether its holiday decorating ideas or Christmas gifts you’re looking for, here are some holiday suggestions.
Dress up your cacti and succulent plants for the holidays. Also, make full use of the flowering potted plants, such as the kalanchoes.
Kalanchoes can be used with other seasonal plants to create beautiful holiday plantings. Start with a fairly large pot. One that is 14 inches or so in diameter will do fine. One holiday color combination would be red and white. Select a red poinsettia. Then, pair this with a white flowering kalanchoe. By varying the shade of the kalanchoe and the poinsettia, you can come up with other planting combinations that fit your holiday decorating scheme. For example, you could combine a cream colored poinsettia with a pink kalanchoe.
So far as Christmas gifts are concerned, it really depends on your budget and the needs of the gardener. When cost isn’t a consideration, consider an upscale gift for cacti and succulent lovers. I’ve seen very beautiful blown glass art that would make an ideal gift for cacti and succulent gardeners. One features a trio of glass agaves in an assortment of colors, including yellow and purple.
There are lovely sweat shirts decorated with the saguaro cactus. These are wonderful gifts for those living in cold climates. There is also a short sleeve t-shirt with the same graphics. You can also find cactus-decorated mouse pads, coffee mugs, and even floor lamps.
You can also find various wall hangings and art featuring cactus motifs. These make great Christmas gifts. The saguaro is often depicted because it is so distinctive.
The National Geographic has a wonderful pop-up book that would be especially suitable for children. “Creatures of the Desert” features saguaro and other species of cacti along with a variety of wildlife found in the desert.
There are also cactus collectibles and gifts. Nature’s Accent makes a saguaro-type ornament that can be placed on table tops and mantles. These are manufactured from natural products.
Garden kits also make great gifts for cacti and succulent lovers. There are a number of kits available. These include a new one called Plants That Work Aloe kit. The kit includes seeds and a planter.
The Desert Biodome garden kit is also new as well. This kit includes has seeds of 25 cacti and succulent species. The kit comes with an attractive terrarium-style planter with a dome. The seeds generally sprout within a week or so. The kit also includes decorative gravel.